Information Systems Cybersecurity (Postbaccalaureate Certificate)

Penn State’s Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity is designed for professionals with a technical or scientific background interested in entering or advancing their career in information security. The courses in the curriculum cover topics such as network and web security, cyber forensics, and risk assessment.

Students who complete this program are better prepared to not only defend IT systems against cyber-attacks, but also to assess risk to mitigate IT security threats in any type of organization.

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Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity*

A sample curriculum plan with a fall semester start date and an aggressive completion goal.

Semester

Course

Credits

Fall

IST 554 Network Management and Security

3 credits

Fall

IST 454 Computer and Cyber Forensics

3 credits

Spring

IST 515 Information Security and Assurance

3 credits

Spring

IST 456 Security and Risk Management

3 credits

Summer

IN SC 561 Web Security and Privacy

3 credits

*Course availability is subject to change.

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity*

A sample curriculum plan with a spring semester start date and an aggressive completion goal.

Semester

Course

Credits

Spring

IST 554 Network Management and Security

3 credits

Summer

IN SC 561 Web Security and Privacy

3 credits

Fall

IST 515 Information Security and Assurance

3 credits

Fall

IST 454 Computer and Cyber Forensics

3 credits

Spring

IST 564 Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management

3 credits

*Course availability is subject to change.

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Tuition Info: 

Tuition rates are for the 2014–15 academic year and are assessed every semester of enrollment.

$854–$930 per credit

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The information technology fee for this program is a flat rate good for one calendar year.

Fee for 2014–15: $131

Paying for Your Certificate

Students pursuing a certificate are considered "nondegree," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid, including the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. You may want to consider a private, alternative loan.

Students pursuing a degree and meeting all other eligibility requirements may qualify for financial aid. To see which degrees might be similar to this certificate, view the Related Programs list featured in the Summary box on the program "Overview" page.

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<p>Penn State&#39;s online interdisciplinary Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems Cybersecurity provides a solid graduate-level education for mid- to high-level information technology professionals in all industry sectors who desire to strengthen their knowledge and skills in information security and information security management. All candidates must complete 15 credits to earn the certificate.</p>
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Required Courses (6 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Network Management and Security IST 554 Essential skills and knowledge for effectively utilizing networks and Internet technologies to facilitate, manage and secure data communications and applications. 3 credits
Information Security and Assurance IST 815 This course provides theoretical and practical foundations of information security assurance.

Prerequisite: IST 511 or IST 512 or IST 554
3 credits
Elective Courses
(Select 9 credits from the following courses or other courses as approved by the college.)
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Network Security IST 451 Fundamental issues and concepts of network security, network security technologies and protocols, and emerging technologies in network security. 3 credits
Computer and Cyber Forensics IST 454 Fundamental issues and concepts of computer forensics; aspects of computer and cyber crime; methods to uncover, protect, exploit, and document digital evidence; tools, techniques, and procedure to perform computer and cyber crime investigation. 3 credits
Information Security Management IST 456 Contemporary Security Issues; security management processes, architecture and models; risk analysis and management; security planning, analysis and safeguards; security policies development and administration; contingency planning, incidence handling and response; and security standards and certification processes.

Prerequisite: IST 220, SRA 221
3 credits
Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management IST 564 This course examines the fundamental elements of crisis, disaster, risk and emergency management. 3 credits
Web Security and Privacy IN SC 561 A web-centric look at the latest techniques and practices in computer security as they apply to the Internet. 3 credits
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