The jobs outlook for computer security specialists, as well as other computer network, system and database administrators, is excellent, with employment opportunities expected to grow much faster than the average. Source: "Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 edition," U.S. Department of Labor 

Would you like to join an elite group of experts on the front lines of fighting cybercrime?

With the evolution of and significant growth of computer-based crime, the field of information security is one of the fastest growing branches of the security field. Organizations increasingly need information security professionals to protect digital assets from computer and network attacks. 

Outstanding Preparation

Information security specialists plan, coordinate and maintain an organization's computer security. In this program you will learn computer security including how to install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber-attacks and gather information and data to be used in prosecuting cybercrimes.

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Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

This certificate program is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Students must have a background in networking or operating systems and discrete mathematics or seek additional assistance. GSU undergraduates may enroll in this certificate program for elective credit toward their bachelor's degrees. Students from other institutions or universities should check with their home institutions to determine the transferability of course work. 

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the university requirements for certificate admission, applicants must have completed the following courses in either the first or second category.

Category 1

CPSC 4205 (or its equivalent)

CPSC 4335 (or its equivalent)

CPSC 4342 (or its equivalent) 

Category 2

CPSC 5000 (or its equivalent) 

Note: Students need to be aware that they must have a discrete mathematics background. If the student does not have that background, they will need to seek assistance.


Certificate Requirements

To receive the Information Security certificate, undergraduate students must complete each required course with a grade of B or better and submit the petition for completion to their faculty advisor. 

Required Courses (15 Hours)

CPSC 4580 or 6580*           Information Security (3)

CPSC 4581 or 6581*           Information Security Policy and Management (3)

CPSC 4582 or 6582*           Cryptography and Network Security (3)

CPSC 4583 or 6583*           Laboratory in Information Security (3)

CPSC 4584 or 6584*           Special Topics in Information Security (3) 

Total - 15 Hours

*Course is based on the level of the student. 

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a certificate found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan. 

Advisor Information

Soon-Ok Park
Associate Professor