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Undergraduate Certificate in Information Systems Security Essentials, Pre-Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
Online
Security threats increase in number and severity at a faster rate than qualified security professionals can fill-in the necessary gap. Qualified security professionals are in dire need even in a troubled economy, as businesses prioritize their budget spending to invest in a secure business environment.
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Overview

An undergraduate student, regardless of field of study, may enroll in the Certificate of Information Systems Security Essentials. This certificate prepares an IT professional to seek entry-level career positions in administration, development, and integration, such as: Information Security Analyst, Information Security Technician, and Computer Security Administrator. 

Program graduates will know how to design secure networks, develop security procedures, administer security policies, apply cryptography, and create IT security plans.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate information security strategies, architectures and plans to counteract intruders in an information system.
  • Appraise national and federal laws, policies, and guidance related to information assurance; also develop an awareness of the social, psychological, ethical, and legal policies and requirements in the field of information assurance.
  • Examine and profile the various types of security attacks and exploits; also appraise various security technologies, such as: packet filtering, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), proxy technology,
  • Network Address Translation (NAT), Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) authentication, and encryption.
  • Analyze the concept and the functionality of firewalls, routers, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS).
  • Appraise the role of security assessments, penetration testing, and security plans in establishing network security; also evaluate the components of a network security assessment methodology.
  • Investigate methods to mitigate risk by minimizing the exposure of information to hackers, and the techniques hackers use to avoid detection and to cover their electronic footprints.
  • Develop an assessment methodology that identifies, attacks, and penetrates IP based network systems.
  • Define public key cryptography, the purpose of digital certificates, and risk analysis & explain ways to securely manage operations.

Accreditation

American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date

    First Monday of every month

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      3 years: total time allowed to complete

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Information Assurance
  • IT Security: Attack and Defense
  • IT Security: Risk Management
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Information Security
  • IT Security: Countermeasures

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    520

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants self-certify on their admissions application that they have received the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
  • You have the option to undergo a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE), but it is not a requirement. We may request official transcripts from CHEA or AUCC accredited institutions via the TCE process. 
  • Students that earned their college credit at a non-CHEA or non-AUCC accredited institution must have a course-by-course evaluation for U.S. equivalency conducted by an APUS-approved agency for the TCE

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    270 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 270 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    270 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 270 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Tuition Rates Per Credit Hour
  • We charge a $50 technology fee (per course). Additional fees might apply.

Funding

International applicants are required to pay each course in full using a U.S. credit card or money order. The Automatic Debit Plan (ADP) payment option is available when used with a credit card drawn from a U.S. institution.
Suggestions for international students seeking financial assistance to fund their studies at APUS:

  • Contact their Ministry of Education – explore scholarship, grants or loan possibilities
  • Contact private lenders – companies or banks
  • Seek sponsorship from a personal investor

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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