Information Technology Security Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Applications/Concepts or Info Technology Problem Solving or PC Hardware and Software CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT182 3 ESL098 or RDG095 ENG090 and RDG090
Principles of Internet and Info Security CIT118 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Introduction to Networking CIT162 3 CIT110 or CIT112 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Introduction to Computer Forensics CIT121 3 CIT110 or CIT112 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Windows Operating Systems CIT268 3 CIT110 or CIT112 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Networking Security CIT264 3 CIT162
Information Security and Assurance CIT219 3 CIT268
Batch File Programming CIT271 1 CIT270; pre/co-req CIT268
Ethical Hacking CIT273 4 CIT268 or CIT270 or Chair approval
Total Credits 26

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Option Overview

This option prepares students to support the security of networks, systems located on these networks, and the data/information contained within those systems; identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining security processes throughout organizations to reduce risks, respond to incidents and limit exposure and liability; identifying, notifying, and responding to security threats to networks.

Career Outlook

This option is designed to align with the National Institute of Technology and Standards’ (NITS) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to ensure consistent, current, and flexible training in the growing technology field of Information Security. Graduates of this option will qualify for positions as entry level information security professionals.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/ certificate-programs.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand network protocols and routing.
  • Understand commonly used network services - DNS, mail, web, etc. as well as less common network services.
  • Perform packet analysis and be able to identify malformed packets.
  • Understand differences between various operating systems - which OS an event came from and which OS is vulnerable to a certain attack.
  • Define the types of malicious software found in modern networks.
  • Explain the threats and countermeasures for physical security and social engineering.
  • Perform footprinting, port scans, and enumeration on a network.
  • Perform very simple programming in C, HTML, and Perl, specifically oriented towards the needs of network security professionals.
  • Identify Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities and to harden systems.
  • Identify Linux vulnerabilities and to protect servers.
  • Describe and deploy security devices, including routers, firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, and honeypots.
  • Describe the ethics associated with the use of hacking or penetration testing tools and techniques.