Gain a practical understanding of the principles of data protection, cybersecurity, and computer forensics with a graduate certificate in information assurance at University of Maryland Global Campus. We've developed the information assurance curriculum in conjunction with top employers, meaning you'll gain real-world experience through interactions with actual organizations and learn job-relevant skills from case studies of real information assurance crises. Your courses feature topics in network and internet security, intrusion detection and protection, cryptology and data protection, and computer forensics.

UMGC was named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

About the Information Assurance Graduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Secure information using symmetric and asymmetric key techniques (including the Advanced Encryption Standard and RSA public key cryptography) and message integrity techniques
  • Protect networks using risk analysis, defense models, security policy development, authentication and authorization controls, firewalls, packet filtering, virtual private networks (VPNs), and wireless network security
  • Respond to attacks with damage assessments, data forensics, data mining, attack tracing, and system recovery processes for continuity of operation
  • Identify system vulnerabilities and attack patterns and solve problems with intrusion detection tactics

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Conduct laboratory simulations of real events, using the same tools and techniques as industry and government, including
    • Information risk analysis
    • Network packet analysis
    • Forensics tools for evidence collection and preservation
    • Access control techniques
    • Protocol analyzers
    • Intrusion detection systems
    • Intrusion prevention systems
    • Networking mapping tools
    • Encryption/decryption tools
    • Vulnerability assessments

Information Assurance Graduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

  • INFA 610
  • INFA 620
  • INFA 630
  • INFA 640
  • INFA 650

Overall Certificate Requirements

Initial Requirement

  • UCSP 615
  • The cybersecurity technology certificate does not require UCSP 615.
  • UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
  • UCSP 615 may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Overall Graduate Certificate Requirements

  • You must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You may pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate.
  • No more than 6 credits may be earned through transfer from other schools.
  • You must satisfy all required prerequisites for certificate courses. You may need to fulfill some prerequisites before beginning certificate coursework.
  • You must complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of B (3.0) in all courses.
  • Certificate courses may not be taken pass/fail.
  • Graduate students may only complete certificates at the graduate level.

Time Limits for Graduate Certificates

You must complete the requirements for a graduate certificate within five consecutive years. The time limit is calculated from the term in which you successfully complete the first credit course that applies to the program.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in network and Internet security, intrusion detection and prevention, and cryptology.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

This program is appropriate for midcareer professionals or career changers. We recommend a background in computing and programming. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

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