Cybersecurity Certificate Program

Cybersecurity is more important than ever, with government and private sector networks being exploited at an unprecedented scale. As these threats grow, the cyber workforce needs to understand and protect the critical components upon which the economy, government, and national security are built.

This Cybersecurity Certificate Program provides students a deeper understanding of cyber operations, laws, and policies.

The Cybersecurity Certificate is comprised of three required courses. The third course will help prepare students to sit for the Certified Information Systems Security Professions (CISSP) exam. A Penn State certificate will be awarded upon completion of all three courses.

Who should take this program?

This program will be beneficial to professionals working in the cyber realm who want to expand their knowledge, as well as to individuals interested in transitioning to a cyber-related position.

Students should have an understanding of the roles of the three branches of the United States government and basic constitutional concepts. Knowledge of networks is also helpful.

Course descriptions

SWENG 5178: Principles of Cyber Law and Policy

Cyber activities and cyber operations are subject to a diverse array of U.S. federal laws, state laws, constitutional law, and regulatory policies, as well as international laws. This course explores fundamental concepts designed to help ensure that cyber operations are consistent with the laws and values of the society.

SWENG 5179: Foundations of Cyber Operations

With the increase of cyber attacks and exploitation, it is vital that the cyber workforce be able to combat attacks and exploitation. This course covers the foundational network security methods and concepts, protocols, cyber security principles, and knowledge of cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

SWENG 5172: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam Preparation

This 30-hour course consists of face-to-face lecture, classroom discussion, and practice exams. At the end of the course, the instructor will review with students how to schedule the CISSP exam and provide links to practice tests for further preparation.

Logistics

Title: Foundations of Cyber Operations
Date: 8/24/21–10/5/21
Times: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom video conferencing
Registration: Register now for SWENG 5179

Title: Principles of Cyber Law and Policy
Date: 
10/19/21–12/7/21
Times: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom video conferencing
Registration: Register now for SWENG 5178


Title: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam Prep
Date: 1/11/22–3/15/22
Times: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Zoom video conferencing

For more information, email [email protected] or call 570-675-9253.