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Certificate in Information Security

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

The Certificate in Information Security is offered as a two-year, one-course-per-term (including one summer session) program, requiring three core courses and two electives.

This program meets the needs of working students who study on a part-time basis. It is also suitable for full-time study if the student satisfies the foundation requirements. An international student who must have full-time status and who enters the program without completion of the foundation courses may need to take additional courses that are not part of the program in order to maintain that status when beginning the program. In this case, we will assist the student to enroll in courses in other related areas, such as mathematics. These supplementary courses will not count towards the degree completion.

The amount of time required to complete the degree will vary, depending on how many courses are taken each semester. All program requirements must be completed within seven years.

Required Core Courses - 9 credits 

  • CSIT 555 Information System Security
  • CSIT 532 Computer Forensics
  • CSIT 534 Network & Internet Security

Electives - 6 credits (Two courses from below) 

  • CSIT 537 Applied Encryption & Cryptology
  • IT 521 Information Assurance and Risk Assessment
  • IT 535 Security Policy, Ethics and Law