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In response to growing interest from our industry partners, Marist College and the IDCP is pleased to announce plans for a new online certificate program in cybersecurity.  This certificate is suitable for entry-level positions in the computer science or information technology fields, senior system managers or system administrators, or technical professionals looking to broaden their skill set or transition into security from adjacent fields such as criminal justice, business and finance, or healthcare.  Course material fulfill curriculum requirements from the U.S. government and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), including required topics for training security professionals under the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation Program established by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).  The course also covers all key areas of the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge.  Although the certificate assumes no prior experience in cybersecurity, recommended prerequisites include familiarity with introductory programming principles and data networking; there are no specific computer language prerequisites for this certificate. The Networking prerequisite can be fulfilled by enrolling in Data Communication & Networking, CMPT 306.

The three courses in the Cybersecurity Certificate are:

  • Introduction to Cybersecurity (CMPT 416N - 4 credits)          

  • Risk Assessment
  • Encryption (DES, AES, and more)
  • Malware
  • Common attacks
  • Public/Private key infrastructure
  • Passwords
  • Windows administrative policies
  • Data networks
  • Enterprise Security
  • Hacking and Penetration Testing (CMPT 417N - 3 credits)

  • Ethical Hacking
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Defense against viruses, worms and malware
  • Phishing
  • Kali Linux
  • Forensics
  • Mobile Security (CMPT 418N - 4 credits) 
  • Wireless infrastructure
  • Wi-fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Smart phones (both iPhone and Android security)
  • Wireless encryption
  • Hacking techniques

Each course includes an online virtual lab accessible from a web browser and hosted in a secure cloud computing environment.  Students will gain practical, hands-on experience with real world tools such as WireShark, Nmap, PuTTY, Metasploit, Filezilla, and more, in addition to fundamental security administration using Windows, Apple, and Linux operating systems.  In addition, each week the courses review case studies of recent prominent cyberattacks, which are the subject of class discussions in the course online forums.  The program of study is developed and presented by Prof. Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D., a technical expert with over 24 years industry experience; among his many credentials, he is a Cisco Distinguished Speaker, Fellow of the IEEE, OSA, and SPIE, holder of over 140 issued U.S. patents, and co-author of nearly 200 technical papers, books, and encyclopedia articles.   

The Institute for Data Center Professionals (IDCP) is pleased to make this certificate program available beginning in Spring semester 2017.  For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact Susan Scanlon at