Graduate Certificate in Information Security

Overview

Developing a strong information security program in today’s world is crucial and challenging for most organizations. In general, information security means protecting information from unauthorized access, disclosure, or destruction. Information security is essential because most organizations, including government agencies, hospitals, insurance companies, and private businesses, store various kinds of information about their employees and customers. If any business-related information is confidential, the security of that data becomes crucial. For example, if critical business data (e.g., credit card numbers or design documents) is leaked to competitors or hackers, it could lead to loss of business, lawsuits, and even bankruptcy. Organizations also need to be able to comply by standards and laws—such as HIPPA, PCI, and GLBA—which help protect confidential and privacy of customer data.

The Information Security certificate program will touch upon various aspects of information security, including IT security policies and system security. Students may also learn about digital forensics to help in investigating a security breach, or obtain a good understanding of how information is stored in a database and what services are available to protect it. On completing the graduate certificate, the students will have sufficient skills in developing and implementing IT security in their organizations.

Certificate Requirements

Prerequisites
Any bachelor’s degree. Some courses may have additional prerequisites.

Required Courses
4 courses (16 credits), as follows:

  • MET CS 674 Database Security
  • MET CS 684 IT Security Policies and Procedures
  • MET CS 695 Enterprise Information Security
  • MET AD 642 Project Management

NOTE: Some of the courses may require additional course prerequisites; please consult with your local Boston University office.