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Award: Certificate in Information Systems Security
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Ralf Fritze, 443-412-2441,; Madrice Guy, 443-412-2264,; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

This program prepares students to enter the high demand field of Information Technology Security. With the increase of viruses and other security breaches, companies need professionals who can protect data and equipment from internal and external security threats. Students in this program gain hands-on experience with the latest hardware and software and learn to implement appropriate security policies and procedures.

Upon successful completion of this program of study students will be able to:
  1. Apply software patches to operating systems and applications
  2. Assess a computer system's security vulnerabilities using appropriate resources
  3. Use standard software tools to detect attempted security breaches of computer systems
  4. Implement computer network security defenses

 NumberTitle Credits
 CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3   
 CIS 104Computer Operating Systems 3   
 CIS 135Introduction to Networks 3   
 CIS 210Fundamentals of Network Security 3   
 CIS 211MS Windows Server Operating System 3   
 ISS 220Strategic Infrastructure Security 3   
 ISS 221Network Defense & Countermeasures 3   
 ISS 222Computer Forensics 3   
 PHIL 221Business Ethics 3   
 Total Credits27  

Note: Credit by Examination is offered for students who have experience working in the field of information technology. Please contact Ralf Fritze for more information.

According to the Occupational Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, overall employment may increase by as much as 9% by 2024 for computer network architects due to the integration of sophisticated technologies and the need to implement security measures. The information assurance and cybersecurity field is expected to generate many new jobs over the next decade as firms across all industries place a high priority on safeguarding their data and systems.


Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018, and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.

Information Assurance and Cybersecurity
Program Level - Undergraduate certificate
Program Length - 1.5 years

Occupations: Information Security Analysts
CIP Code: 11.10030
SOC Code: 15-1122.00
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*How much will this program cost me?
In-State (in-county) Tuition and fees: $4,439.00
Out-of-State Tuition and fees: $6,883.00
Books and supplies: $1,124.00
On-campus room & board: not offered

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *

* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2016-2017, *% finished in 18 months.

*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2016-2017. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2016-2017 is *%.

* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

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