Background, Organization & Purpose
Information assurance is one of the fastest growing, most undefined fields in today’s world. Globally, definitions of IA vary as much as the information that is being protected. From government secrets and corporate intelligence competitive advantage to private medical information on individuals, data protection is a daunting task. Organizational roles are widely undefined and globally many economies are failing from a security prospective. Hackers and cyber criminals are commanding botnets and vast networks in organized crime rings to make billions of dollars from unsuspecting individuals, corporations, and governments.
Various organizations have attempted to define roles and responsibilities and many open source resources are available. EC-Council University has created a sample framework of functional and executive roles derived roughly from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK) as published in 2008. Using that EBK matrix and the job roles identified in the U.S. Department of Defense descriptions (DODD8570.2) and corporate/industry input, the organization of the ECCU Graduate Certificate Program was created.
Born from the ECCU Master of Security Science curriculum and mapped to industry standards, each graduate certificate contains a series of benefits, from preparation for industry-recognized certifications*, to NSA program mappings, to executive leadership development and masters level education promoting critical thinking, ethical practice, scholarship and research. Specific courses in the certificates satisfy program requirements for the federal NSTISSI (National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Committee) 4011, 4012, 4013A, 4014, 4015 and 4016 standards for Information Systems Security Professionals, Designated Approving Authorities, System Administration in Information Systems Security, Information System Security Officer, Systems Certifier and Information Security Risk Analyst respectively. Please see individual graduate certificate pages to identify the mappings.
The specified courseware has been certified at the highest national level by the Committee on National Security Standards (CNSS) and maps to the NSTISSI standards listed above. For more information about CNSS please visit their website at www.cnss.gov/welcom.html.
The graduate certificates build upon each other moving students through levels of skills and understandings increasingly directed to managerial and leadership positions in information assurance.
Admission Requirements and Prerequisite Expectation
ECCU’s graduate certificates are taught at the graduate level and while certificate students may not be seeking a masters degree, a bachelor's degree and a 530 or better TOEFL score or other proof of English language competency are required for admission. Due to the highly technical nature of the certificates‘ contents and the incremental building of skill sets and understandings, there are required prerequisites for successful completion of each certificate. All graduate students, MSS or certificate program students, are required to complete the application for admission.