Cyber Information Assurance (CIA)

Academic Certificate

Overview

Completing the Certificate in Cybersecurity Information Assurance allows students to manage network security.

Cybersecurity workers protect our most sensitive data. The Cybersecurity Information Assurance certificate is the study of introductory levels of security processes based on a security policy, emphasizing hands-on skills in the areas of secure perimeter, security connectivity, security management, identity services, and intrusion detection. The certificate is based upon the Department of Defense 8570 standard, now 8140, the NICE framework, and the Department of Homeland Security/National Security Agency CAE guidelines.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Print Plan

Sample Program Plan and Costs

Students are better qualified and more employable if they acquire course-related certifications by taking an external exam, offered by a third-party vendor, at the end of the course. These exams cost, on average, $250 each.

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(9 Credit Hours)
IST-115 Humans Aspects in Cybersecurity

Humans Aspects in Cybersecurity

ID: IST-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course studies the human aspect of cybersecurity and the motivation behind cybercrimes. Topics include ethics, laws, policies, and psychology as it applies to cybersecurity.

3
IST-193 Linux Security Administration

Linux Security Administration

ID: IST-193

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with the skills necessary to implement and administer basic LINUX security policies, including authentication, securing network applications, system monitoring, encryption, and others.

3
IST-291 Fundamentals of Network Security I

Fundamentals of Network Security I

ID: IST-291

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of intro levels of security processes based on a security policy, emphasizing hands-on skills in the areas of secure perimeter, security connectivity, security management, identity services, and intrusion detection. The course prepares students to manage network security.

3
Semester 2
(12 Credit Hours)
CPT-180 Shell Scripting

Shell Scripting

ID: CPT-180

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of shell scripting and emphasizes the designing, coding, and testing of scripts. This course will cover shell scripting from both the command line and the Graphical User Interface.

3
IST-263 Designing Windows Network Security

Designing Windows Network Security

ID: IST-263

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an advanced study of security features of networks including authentication protocol, public key infrastructure, IPsec, and certificate servers.

3
IST-266 Internet and Firewall Security

Internet and Firewall Security

ID: IST-266

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to firewalls and other network security components that can work together to create an in-depth defensive perimeter around a Local Area Network (LAN).

3
IST-292 Fundamentals of Network Security II

Fundamentals of Network Security II

ID: IST-292

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of advanced security processes based on a security policy, emphasizing hands-on skills in the areas of secure perimenter, security connectivity, security management, identity services, and intrusion detection. The course prepares students to install/configure secure firewalls.

3
Semester 3
(9 Credit Hours)
IST-267 Network Vulnerability Assessment

Network Vulnerability Assessment

ID: IST-267

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to test network security using network vulnerablity assessment tools and methods. Students will also learn how to improve network security based on the assessment results.

3
IST-285 Cybersecurity Capstone

Cybersecurity Capstone

ID: IST-285

Credit Hours: 3

This course integrates the knowledge and skills gained through previous coursework and experience to develop and implement risk management, vulnerability assessment, threat analysis, and incident response plans.

3
IST-293 It and Data Assurance I

It and Data Assurance I

ID: IST-293

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the basics of network security. Topics covered will include network vulnerabilities and threats, security planning, security technology, network security organization, as well as legal and ethical issues related to network security.

3
  Total Credit Hours 30
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$5,340.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(6 Credit Hours)
IST-115 Humans Aspects in Cybersecurity

Humans Aspects in Cybersecurity

ID: IST-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course studies the human aspect of cybersecurity and the motivation behind cybercrimes. Topics include ethics, laws, policies, and psychology as it applies to cybersecurity.

3
IST-193 Linux Security Administration

Linux Security Administration

ID: IST-193

Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide students with the skills necessary to implement and administer basic LINUX security policies, including authentication, securing network applications, system monitoring, encryption, and others.

3
Semester 2
(3 Credit Hours)
IST-291 Fundamentals of Network Security I

Fundamentals of Network Security I

ID: IST-291

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of intro levels of security processes based on a security policy, emphasizing hands-on skills in the areas of secure perimeter, security connectivity, security management, identity services, and intrusion detection. The course prepares students to manage network security.

3
Semester 3
(6 Credit Hours)
CPT-180 Shell Scripting

Shell Scripting

ID: CPT-180

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of shell scripting and emphasizes the designing, coding, and testing of scripts. This course will cover shell scripting from both the command line and the Graphical User Interface.

3
IST-263 Designing Windows Network Security

Designing Windows Network Security

ID: IST-263

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an advanced study of security features of networks including authentication protocol, public key infrastructure, IPsec, and certificate servers.

3
Semester 4
(6 Credit Hours)
IST-266 Internet and Firewall Security

Internet and Firewall Security

ID: IST-266

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to firewalls and other network security components that can work together to create an in-depth defensive perimeter around a Local Area Network (LAN).

3
IST-292 Fundamentals of Network Security II

Fundamentals of Network Security II

ID: IST-292

Credit Hours: 3

This course is the study of advanced security processes based on a security policy, emphasizing hands-on skills in the areas of secure perimenter, security connectivity, security management, identity services, and intrusion detection. The course prepares students to install/configure secure firewalls.

3
Semester 5
(9 Credit Hours)
IST-267 Network Vulnerability Assessment

Network Vulnerability Assessment

ID: IST-267

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to test network security using network vulnerablity assessment tools and methods. Students will also learn how to improve network security based on the assessment results.

3
IST-285 Cybersecurity Capstone

Cybersecurity Capstone

ID: IST-285

Credit Hours: 3

This course integrates the knowledge and skills gained through previous coursework and experience to develop and implement risk management, vulnerability assessment, threat analysis, and incident response plans.

3
IST-293 It and Data Assurance I

It and Data Assurance I

ID: IST-293

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the basics of network security. Topics covered will include network vulnerabilities and threats, security planning, security technology, network security organization, as well as legal and ethical issues related to network security.

3
  Total Credit Hours 30
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$5,340.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

IT Security Analyst – Level 1

Security Analysts are responsible for monitoring and maintaining systems used in the organization's internal security program. This includes procedures to triage and investigate security alerts, and escalate issues as necessary, evaluating new security technologies, incident response, penetration testing, and the freedom to try out new ideas and technologies to improve the security.

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Large Corporations
  • Small Business
  • Government Agencies
  • IT Firms

Careers

Information Security Specialist I

An Information Security Specialist I assists in the administration of security software or systems to prevent attacks, monitors and audits systems and protects against network breaches.

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Large Corporations
  • Small Business
  • Government Agencies
  • IT Firms

What’s next after I complete this program?

Pursue an Associate's Degree in Network Systems Management

Once you have completed the Cybersecurity Information Assurance certificate you are more than 50% of the way to completing the Network Systems Management degree which provides even more training in network monitoring and security. Take your understanding of network systems to the next level by earning your associate degree.