Certificate Programs: Cybersecurity Engineering

Certificate Programs: Cybersecurity Engineering

As a distinct experience, the Cybersecurity Engineering Core certificate program spans from an introductory survey of fundamental information security tools and techniques to a more advanced study of the inter-relationships between offensive (attack/penetration testing) and defensive (intrusion detection and incident response) information security best practices. Courses in the program familiarize the student with essential tools and techniques used in cybersecurity engineering, teach the student various cyber attack techniques which may be employed in penetration testing and incident response, and reinforce a practitioner's ability to detect attacks through packet analysis and intrusion detection. Student capabilities are reinforced through multiple hands-on labs and network simulations.

Curriculum - 12 Credit Hours

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Required Courses:
ISE 5101: Security Essentials   |   SEC 401, GSEC

Content: SANS SEC 401 Security Essentials Boot-camp Style
Assessment: GIAC GSEC Exam
3 Credit Hours

ISE 5101 is the technically-oriented survey course in the information security engineering master's program. It establishes the foundations for designing, building, maintaining and assessing security functions at the end-user, network and enterprise levels of an organization. The faculty instruction, readings, lab exercises, exam, and required student monograph are coordinated to introduce and develop the core technical, management, and enterprise-level capabilities that will be developed throughout the information security engineering master's program.

ISE 5201: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, & Incident Handling | SEC 504, GCIH

Content: SANS SEC 504 Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling
Assessment: GIAC GCIH Exam
3 Credit Hours

By adopting the viewpoint of a hacker, ISE 5201 provides an in-depth focus into the critical activity of incident handling. Students are taught how to manage intrusions by first looking at the techniques used by attackers to exploit a system. Students learn responses to those techniques, which can be adopted within the framework of the incident handling process to handle attacks in an organized way. The faculty instruction, lab exercises, and exam are coordinated to develop and test a student's ability to utilize the core capabilities required for incident handling.

ISE 5401: Advanced Network Intrusion Detection & Analysis   |   SEC 503, GCIA

Content: SANS SEC 503, Intrusion Detection In-Depth
Assessment: GIAC GCIA Exam
3 Credit Hours

ISE 5401 arms you with the core knowledge, tools, and techniques to prepare you to defend your networks. Hands-on exercises supplement the course book material, allowing you to transfer the knowledge in your head to your keyboard using the Packetrix VMware distribution. As the Packetrix name implies, the distribution contains many of the tricks of the trade to perform packet and traffic analysis. All exercises in the course can be approached in two ways. A basic approach, which assists you by giving hints for answering the questions; or, an advanced approach, which provides no hints so that it is a more challenging experience.

RES 5500: Technical Research Practicum   |   Whitepaper

2 Credit Hours

RES 5500 is an advanced graduate-level research course in which students will identify, investigate and analyze a problem. Students will write a whitepaper interpreting the data collected and making recommendations for action. The whitepaper will reflect original work towards a new practice, solution, tool, policy, or paradigm offering the potential for real impact in the field of information security.

Prerequisites: ISE 5101, ISE 5201, ISE 5401

ISE 6300: Certificate Program Capstone   |   Core NetWars Continuous

Content: Core NetWars Continuous
1 Credit Hour

NetWars Continuous is an online training program that guides students through hands-on lessons to locate vulnerabilities, exploit diverse machines, and analyze systems. NetWars provides a forum to test and perfect cyber security skills in a manner that is legal and ethical. Students will face challenges derived from real-world environments and actual attacks that businesses, governments, and military organizations must deal with every day.

The ideal candidate for the Cybersecurity Engineering Core certificate program is an information technology professional with a year or more of experience working with network infrastructures, or an information security professional who is or seeks to be involved in detecting and responding to malicious traffic in order to build defensible networks.

Learn How To

  1. Utilize a broad range of current tools and technologies in the design and implementation of security solutions deployed across organizations.
  2. Analyze network traffic to extract the observable characteristics of networks and network devices, thus providing a basis for defensive strategies.
  3. Assemble tools and configure systems and networks to permit systems to foster resiliency and continuity of operations through attacks.
  4. Understand important attacker techniques, engage in penetration testing within their organization, and respond to incidents associated with these activities within their organization.

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