Information Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Today’s businesses rely on information, such as personnel details, client lists, marketing information, and more, stored entirely on network databases. Because hackers could infiltrate a network if a firewall shuts down for even a minute, information security, including protecting databases with a range of policies, products, technologies, and procedures, is more important than ever.

Information Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate Program Highlights

The online Information Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate’s curriculum provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Study to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you succeed in the IT field.
  • Explore key information technology areas including network operating systems, network security, threat detection and response methods, disaster recovery planning, cryptography, and information security and risk management.

Prepare for Certification

With this certificate, you could prepare for the CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification exams.

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What are the Career Opportunities?

This program is designed to provide you with the specialized knowledge to seek entry-level employment in the field of information security.*

Prepare for Future Studies

Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate may be applied toward the requirements of certain Kaplan University degree programs. When the time is right, come back and earn your degree online at Kaplan University.

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.

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December 07, 2016

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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 21

    Total Program Credits: 21

    • IT 273: NETWORKING CONCEPTS Change

      This course introduces the concepts behind today’s networks. It outlines current network design, explaining the OSI Model and the methods of carrying data over wired and wireless media. Other topics include network design components, such as topologies and access methods, administration of network operating systems, and troubleshooting methods for data transmission and recovery.

      In this program you will learn the principles and terminology of network administration as you prepare for a career in a variety of entry-level positions in network technology and administration.* You will be provided with the skill sets needed to analyze, design, and evaluate network hardware and software solutions.

      * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. 

      Sample Project:

      A key part of the course assignment is your ability to use a drawing tool called Microsoft Visio. Throughout the course, you will be tasked with developing Microsoft Visio diagrams of computer networks. A quick way to pick up how to use this tool is to watch the following 10 minute YouTube video.

      How to Use Microsoft Visio: A Basic Overview (10 minutes)

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmDjmm0btO8

      What's Next?

      The skills from this course will help you determine what area of computer networking you may be interested in seeking certifications in addition to your degree. While a degree opens up many doors, employers also look at certifications in addition to your degree.

        Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • IT 278: NETWORK ADMINISTRATION Change

      In many organizations, the network administrator is the wizard behind the curtain. Network connections between users and computers seem to magically perform the transmissions required for daily operations. In this course, you are introduced to basic network administration. You install and configure a network operating system in a virtualized environment and practice administrative tasks. You perform hands-on exercises demonstrating server management, user account creation, file access, storage backup, and security settings.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT 273

    • IT 286: NETWORK SECURITY CONCEPTS Change

      This course introduces you to the essential knowledge required to secure today’s networks. You will learn to identify threats and vulnerabilities and to apply effective strategies to prevent data breaches. The course discusses topics such as risk assessment; compliance and operational security; access control and authorization management; intrusion detection; application hardening; malicious attacks; and cryptography. It outlines a security professional’s responsibilities and discusses the skills needed to protect an organization’s data and network infrastructure.

      Dynamic Description:

      If you plan to pursue a career in security, this course covers the foundational information to help you succeed.* It explains IT security basics; malware and threat management; social engineering; risk and business continuity planning; cryptography; security policies and operational security; and the security administration. You will also be able to use the concepts in this course to study for the CompTIA Security+ Exam SYO-401 and SYO-501.

      * Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

       Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will be eligible to sit for or pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

      Sample Projects:

      Exercise: Upload and Download Speed Test
      Search for Internet speed test or bandwidth test websites (ex: McAfee Speedometer or bandwidthplace.com) and test your current system for both download and upload speed. Take a screen capture of the response. Explain your results and how these results may change overtime.

      Exercise: Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)

      MBSA helps network administrators test the security state of their systems and detect problems with configuration and software updates. Research MBSA on Microsoft's website. If you have Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 installed on your system, you can download and run MBSA by following the instructions on the website. Take a screen capture of your results. Explain your results and any issues MSBA has identified.

      How does MBSA compare to Windows Update? If you cannot install MBSA on your system, research it on Microsoft's web site and write a summary of the features and results it generates.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  273

    • IT 412: INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY Change

      Businesses must be able to protect their networks and infrastructures from security attacks. In this course, you learn to investigate system vulnerabilities and implement security solutions. Topics in this course include access control, application security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, cryptography, information security and risk management, compliance and investigations, operations security, physical security, security architecture and design, telecommunications, and network security. This course is designed, among other things, to provide you with the requisite knowledge to sit for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional exam. While the course may provide the knowledge necessary to sit for the examination, Kaplan University cannot guarantee your eligibility either to take this exam or become certified.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      IT  286

Curriculum: Concentration

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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

 Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.

This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.