Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
Credit Hours:

Create safe, secure networks and databases and protect information from cyber threats with this certificate program.
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers courses leading to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standards.

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Why Earn a certificate in Security?

The UNT Center for Information and Cyber Security (CICS) has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) and Research (CAE-R).

As part of the CAE-CDE designation, the NSA and DHS have designated CICS to issue cybersecurity certificates. These certificates will contain the NSA and DHS logos.

Security Certificate Highlights

CICS coordinates and promotes educational, research, and service projects in information and computer security, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary initiatives.
CICS works to provide service and expertise in information and computer security to the university and to the North Texas area. This includes organizing workshops and seminars to promote security awareness both on campus and off.
The Center and its affiliated faculty have world-class abilities in the information and computer security area, with a range of expertise that includes highly technical areas such as cryptography and protocol security, applications of technology, managerial and organizational aspects of enterprise security, computer crime, and investigative matters
Our faculty affiliates push the boundaries of knowledge and experience every day and are active in the international community of researchers.
Having these diverse approaches to the common problems of computer security and computer crime all available through this one cooperative center provides a well-rounded approach to information and computer security with exceptional promise.
The Center for Information and Cyber Security (CICS) is an interdisciplinary center, bringing together individuals and organizations with an interest in the areas of information security, computer security, information assurance, and cybercrime.

Security Certificate Courses You Could Take

Introduction to Computer Networks (3 hrs)
Introduction to data communications; asynchronous, synchronous, networks and current technology.
Foundations of Cybersecurity (3 hrs)
Security goals, threats and vulnerabilities. Cryptography, program security and operating system security issues. Basic network security. Planning, policies and risk analysis.
Fundamentals of Database Systems (3 hrs)
Logical and physical database system organization; logical models; design issues; secondary storage considerations.
Secure Electronic Commerce (3 hrs)
Electronic commerce technology, models and issues, with emphasis on security issues. Supporting technology such as cryptography, digital signatures, certificates and public key infrastructure (PKI). Security-conscious programming for web-based applications. Exposure to interaction between technical issues and business, legal and ethical issues.
Introduction to Operating Systems (3 hrs)
Concepts in operating system analysis and design. General topics of process, resource and file management are presented and analyzed in the context of different system architectures and performance constraints.
Assembly Language and Computer Organization (3 hrs)
Principles of computer systems organization, instruction sets, assembly language programming, computer arithmetic, data and control paths, and introduction to memory hierarchy.

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