02 Aug New Information Security Certificate offered at MATC this fall
MADISON – The Madison Area Technical College is offering a new certificate in online security through the school’s Computer Information Systems Department this fall. The CIS-Information Security Certificate was sprung from a $210,000 grant from the National Science Foundation given in November of last year.
The grant represents a slice of a $3 million-dollar NSF endowment doled out to seven colleges in the five-state region of Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin to help develop Internet security curriculum.
The certificate’s six courses are designed to be completed in three semesters and will provide comprehensive instruction to networking students and professionals who want to expand their skills in computer security. The 16-credit certificate will provide hands-on training in designing, planning and executing a vulnerability assessment on a computer network. Coursework will cover topics such as IT security awareness, data confidentiality, network security and legal and ethical issues associated with computer systems security.
To be admitted into MATC’s new CIS-Information Security Certificate individuals must be in at least the second year of MATC’s CIS-Network Specialist Program, have earned a CCNA (Ciscso Certified Network Associate) or have at least two years of practical experience in the networking field. The certificate prepares students for one of the Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification exams, two of the CISCO Certified Security Professional (CCSP) exams and the Security + Certification.
MATC’s CIS Department provides certificates and training for professionals in the field, in addition to four associate degree programs designed for entrance into the field.