Study Format

  • Online

Program Length

  • 12 Credit Hours
  • 8 weeks

Application Deadlines

Dec, 26

Domestic Students

Spring 2023 Application Due | Classes start Jan. 9, 2023


Cybersecurity is defined as “the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information" that involves a set of tools and technologies, risk management methodologies, and best practices and policies.

Governance and management are essential elements of a successful Cybersecurity program. Cybersecurity governance and management ensures that information security strategies support the organizational goals and objectives, are aligned with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, and are implemented through policies and internal controls by providing oversight for risks mitigation.

Program Outcomes

The Certificate in Cybersecurity Governance provides:

  • A theoretical foundation of the legal and regulatory requirements of information; the social and policy issues surrounding information security; risk management and mitigation; data security, security threats, counter-attack, and defense services; and cybersecurity organizational planning, implementation, and management.
  • A practical foundation which includes understanding and applying tools for pro-active defense, policy development, and risk assessment.

Program Information

The Cybersecurity Governance Certificate is composed of four three-credit hour courses. The four courses will be delivered in an eight-week format. The four courses will be delivered in an online modality.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite requirements will be adjusted based on the type of student:

  • For current students pursuing a master of library and information science degree, a master of science in information management degree, or a master in business administration degree, prereqs will not be changed.
  • For students in the post-baccalaureate certificate program, the prereqs need to be changed for all courses. IM 780, IM 783, or IM 785 will be the prereq for all subsequent courses. 
  • For returning students with a master’s degree, IM 780. IM 7803, or IM 785 will be the prereq for all subsequent courses. 
  • For Concordia students, IM 780 will have no prereqs.

Cybersecurity Core Courses

IM 780 Introduction to Information Security

Ensuring that data and information are secure is a complex process. In this introductory course, students will learn about the various components that encompass information security including cyber security threats, counter-attack, and defense services. Students will explore the multiple levels of security in a variety of technologies and applications spaces. Prerequisite: IM 701 

IM 783 Organizational Information Security

Most organizations exist in a network environment in which data is collected, maintained and shared. This course focuses on the information and data security policy and strategy issues facing various organizations including government/public, private, business, non-profit, education, health, and others. This course will explore pro-active defense and "ethical hacking" within the contexts of specific organizations. Prerequisite: IM 701

IM 785 Information Privacy

Data privacy law in the US is piecemeal; a number of different laws regulate the dissemination of information to third parties. Some laws govern information about children, some about health information, some about financial records, some about personally identifying information. These laws are enacted in organizational policies and in eventually encoded in software. This course will examine the legal, social, and policy issues surrounding information privacy. Prerequisite: IM 701

IM 787  Cybersecurity Governance

Organizations need to secure their information from persistent, global threats.  Effective information security at the organizational level requires participation, planning, and practice. It is an ongoing effort that requires management and staff to work together.  This course will provide students with the skills and knowledge to facilitate innovative cybersecurity governance, leadership, and management to develop information security strategies that support the organizational goals and objectives, that are aligned with applicable legal and regulatory requirements, that are ethical and sustainable, and that are implemented through policies and internal controls by providing oversight for risks mitigation.

Eligibility

This certificate is offered:

  • As an added credential for current students pursuing a master of library and information science degree, a master of science in information management degree, or a master in business administration degree
  • As a post-baccalaureate certificate for students who want to add the specialization to a completed undergraduate degree.
  • As an added credential for post-master degree students.

Students who graduate with a Dominican master’s degree lacking one or more courses towards a certificate can enroll in the course(s) any time within five years of graduating in order to add the certificate to their degree. Students must enroll as a student-at-large (credit-bearing), not as an auditor (non-credit-bearing).

Students who enroll in the post-baccalaureate certificate program can transfer their credits to a full master’s degree if the entire program is completed with 6 years.

This certificate will serve as a bridge to both the DU MSIM and the DU MBA degree programs as well as to Concordia University’s MBA program.

Tuition

Dominican and Concordia have a long standing relationship that includes course reciprocity. This certificate will follow the existing policy; tuition belongs to the enrolling institution.  


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