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Certificate programs provide interested students a credential for successfully completing a particular set of courses in conjunction with any major. 

Certificates may be earned in addition to a degree or as a stand-alone program of study for students who have already earned a degree. Certificates are intended to encourage and document focused study of a particular area of interest.

Completed cyber certificates appear as part of a student's transcript to provide a documented credential of this study. Certificates should not be confused with professional certifications awarded by bodies outside the university, although certificates can be a good stepping stone to obtaining professional certifications.

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Cyber Defender Certificate

The goal of the Cyber Defender certificate program is to prepare certificate earning graduates for entry-level information technology positions such as system administration, entry-level Security Operation Center (SOC) security analyst, etc. 

To earn the Cyber Defender Certificate, students must complete the following courses with grades of "C" or better: 

Required Courses:

A rigorous study of the principles of computer programming with emphasis on problem solving methods which result in correct, well-structured programs. Other topics: an introduction to data representation, data types and control structures, functions, and structured data types.

An intermediate programming course focused on solving and automating common Information Technology challenges using a contemporary scripting language. Topics include command line interfaces, scripted control structures, arrays and dictionaries, object-oriented design concepts, and text processing. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301 with a grade of C or better.

Overview of information security practices and needs. Topics include information security, types of attacks, risk analysis and management, security technologies, and basic information security implementation. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 2700 and either AIST 2320 or MINF 3614, or permission of instructor.

A study of the ethical, social and legal impacts of computers and their applications. Specific attention will be paid to professional responsibility, issues of privacy, property rights, legal issues and real risks. Corequisite: CSCI 1301. 



Choose two of the following courses: 

An introduction to operating systems geared towards future administrators. Includes coverage of operating system roles, functions and services, hardware components, virtualization, and the installation, configuration, and administration of a secure operating system. Prerequisites: AIST 2120 and CYBR 2600 with a grade of C or better.  

Introduces network packet analysis and network traffic analysis techniques. Course provides in-depth coverage of the TCP/IP protocol suite. Popular diagnostic tools are used to monitor protocols in action and to understand how the network protocols work. Prerequisite(s): CYBR 2600 with a grade of C or better.

Overview of network security activities and techniques. Heavy use of information security tools will be demonstrated and practiced. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3520 or CYBR 2600 with a grade of C or better.

Emphasis placed on understanding the tools and devices used to secure a computer network (i.e. firewall, IDS, IPS). Course includes hands-on lab activities where techniques and procedures are displayed and tested. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3520 or CYBR 2600 with a grade of C or better.

Overview of information security forensics activities. Topics include digital forensics investigative basics, techniques, and digital forensics examination criteria. Course includes hands-on lab activities where techniques and procedures are displayed and tested. Prerequisite(s): AIST 3720 with a grade of C or better.

Total hours for Cyber Defender Certificate: 19 hours 

Cyber Defender Certificate earners are not considered experts in the information security field, but eager professionals that show promise, interest, and with follow-on education, training and experience will be extremely valuable information security employees. This certificate may be earned by any major at Augusta University.

All Augusta University undergraduate IT (AIST) degree earners and twenty-five percent of all computer science degree earners achieve this basic cyber defender certificate.

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Advanced Cyber Defender Certificate

The goal of the Advanced Cyber Defender Certificate arms graduates with the specific, core skills needed to be successful in entry-level cybersecurity positions, such as network defense monitoring and penetration testing.

To earn this certificate students must complete all courses required for the Cyber Defender Certificate, along with the following courses, with grades of “C” or better.

Required Courses 

All remaining electives from the Cyber Defender Certificate, in addition to: 

A broader examination of operating systems as used in secure, large-scale enterprise environments. Includes coverage of virtualized/hosted/cloud-based systems and services, network storage, configuration & change management, distributed authentication, and other contemporary concepts. Prerequisite: AIST 3720 with a grade of C or better.

AIST 3410: Designing, developing, and maintaining database resources is treated, emphasizing application of established database development tools within a structured development method. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 1301 and MINF 3650 with a grade of C or better and full admission into the Hull College of Business.

CSCI 3410: This course offers an introduction to database systems as a key concept in information management. The course covers logical and physical database organization, data models, file structures, indexing, hashing, query optimization, and design issues. This course will cover the design and implementation of databases. Prerequisite(s): CSCI 3400 with a grade of C or better.

Students cannot receive certificate credit for both AIST 3410 and CSCI 3410.

A study of frequency distributions of data, graphical and numerical presentations of data, probability, discrete and continuous distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, simple linear regression and correlation and goodness of fit. (Credit will not be given for both MATH 2210 and MATH 3110.)

MINF 2650: An introduction to information systems with a focus on the collection, manipulation and analysis of structured data. Students will utilize spreadsheets and relational databases to formulate solutions to common business challenges. In addition to fundamental data planning and modeling concepts, students will be introduced to data analysis and visualization techniques, as well as the use of structured programming to automate some data management tasks.

CSCI 3400: A study of the techniques for representation and manipulation of structured data within a digital computer. Programming assignments illustrating a variety of data structures.

Students cannot receive certificate credit for both MINF 2650 and CSCI 3400.

Total hours for the Advanced Cyber Defender Certificate: 39 hours