Cybersecurity, Certificate

Program Director: Ahmed Salem, Ph.D.; salem@hood.edu, 301-696-3731

The Certificate in Cybersecurity prepares students for CISSP® certification, a globally recognized standard of achievement in the field of information security. The certificate is offered as a two-year, one-course-per-term (including one summer session) program, requiring three core courses and two electives.

Application Requirements

This program is designed for students who have a solid background in Computer Science or Information Technology, either through formal study or professional experience. All official transcripts and a résumé/CV that provides educational and professional experience with specific information about mathematics background, programming background, if any, and technical skills must be submitted. Applicants should also provide a statement of purpose indicating their motivation for choosing the program and the goals they hope to achieve through completing it.

Requirements for the Certificate

Prerequisite Requirements List

The Cybersecurity Certificate requires the completion of prerequisite courses designed to provide the appropriate background knowledge.  Students with undergraduate degrees in computer science or a related field may be waived from one or both of these courses:

IT 510Computing Hardware and Software Systems

3.0

CSIT 512Elements of Computer Programming

3.0

Required Core Courses - 9 credits

CSIT 532Computer Forensics

3.0

CSIT 534Network and Internet Security

3.0

CSIT 555Information Systems Security

3.0

Electives - 6 credits (Two courses from below)

CSIT 537Applied Encryption and Cryptology

3.0

IT 521Information Assurance and Risk Assessment

3.0

IT 535Security Policies, Ethics and Law

3.0