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Information Systems Security

  • Certificate
  • Online

  • Overview

    The graduate certificate in Information Systems Security is designed for individuals with no previous cyber training who want to expand their careers and enter the field of cybersecurity. Students will develop competencies that can be used to obtain industry professional certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP). The Information Systems Security certificate will equip successful students to build on a foundation of cyber knowledge and advance digital security to protect today's sophisticated technology.

    Keeping our critical cyber infrastructure safe and secure while maintaining privacy is a primary concern for both public and private sector employers. The report by Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2021. With this increased demand in essential cyber jobs, Gannon's graduates have the opportunity to fill highly sought-after positions in the region and nationally. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for an information security analyst is approximately $98,000.

    • Admit Term: Fall, Spring
    • Number of Credits: 12 - 15
    • Modality: Online
    • Plan of Study: Part-time
    • Complete four 3-credit courses to obtain the graduate certificate in Information Systems Security. Online courses are offered in two, 7-week sessions per semester.

    Program Director

    Dr. Bharat Rawal
    rawalksh001@gannon.edu
    (814) 871-7738

    Leading the Way

    Gannon offers students the ability to enter the cybersecurity job-market on a fast-track, 12-credit certificate that can be completed online within one year. This timeline allows recent graduates or working professionals the ability to obtain cybersecurity credentials and enter the cyber market much faster than a traditional graduate program.

    Gannon's Information Systems Security certificate will provide the region, and beyond, professionals to fill the disparity between jobs and a competent workforce within the cybersecurity industry. 

    Program Outcomes

    1. Graduates will be able to demonstrate appropriate skills of information security governance, technologies, components and issues related to information security.
    2. Graduates will be able to understand the essential domains and applications of a common body of knowledge (CBOK) in information security and assurance.
    3. Graduates will be able to secure provisioning resources, understand and apply foundational security operations concepts, and apply resource protection techniques.

    Targeted Industry Certifications

    Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) helps develop a career in information security covering troubleshooting, configuring, and managing information infrastructure.

    • This course provides theoretical and applied foundations of information security and assurance (CISSP).
    • This course focuses on access control, information security governance and risk management.
    • Learn more about cryptography, security architecture and design, software security.
    • Develop an understanding for business continuity and disaster recovery planning, network security, physical security operations.
    • Examine security, laws, regulations, investigations and compliance.

    This certificate meets U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570.1

    CISSP is a global certification that validates the professional skills you need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career in positions such as:

    • Chief Information Security Officer
    • Chief Information Officer
    • Director of Security
    • IT Director/Manager
    • Security Systems Engineer
    • Security Analyst
    • Security Manager
    • Security Auditor
    • Security Architect
    • Security Consultant
    • Network Architect

    Read more about becoming a CISSP at isc2.org.

    Stackable Credentials

    Credits earned in the Information Systems Security graduate certificate program can be applied toward the 30-credit M.S. degree in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

    Admission Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university.
    • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.50. 
    • GCYSEC 501 Networking Fundamentals is required for candidates without relevant academic or professional experience.

    Application Procedures

    Candidates are asked to submit the following information to the Gannon University Office of Graduate Admissions:

    • Completed graduate application (apply.gannon.edu)
    • Official academic transcripts from all prior institutions
    • TOEFL/other scores if English is not the first language.

    Application materials may be submitted by email (graduate@gannon.edu), fax (814-871-5827), or mail (Attn: Office of Graduate Admissions, Gannon University, 109 University Square, Erie, PA 16541).

    Course Descriptions

    GCYSEC 501, Networking Fundamentals
    Provides students with a basic understanding of how networks are built and operate. Provides students with basic network analysis tools. Students are exposed to the concept of potential vulnerabilities in networks. Prepares students for the CompTIA Network+ certification.

    GCYSEC 605 Asset Security and Risk Management
    Provides theoretical and applied foundations of information security and assurance (CISSP). This course focuses on access control, information security governance and risk management, cryptography, security architecture and design, software security, business continuity, and disaster recovery planning, network security, physical security, operations security, laws, regulations, investigations, and compliance.

    GCYSEC 606 Security Architecture for Information Communication and Network
    This course focuses on access control, cryptography, security architecture and design, network security and security capabilities of information systems.

    GCYSEC 607 Assessment of Identity and Access Management
    This course focuses on control of physical and logical access, designing appropriate asset retention and information security controls.

    GCYSEC 608 Security of Software and Operation
    This course focuses on access control, cryptography, security architecture and design, network security, security capabilities of information systems.