The certificate program in cyber security and defense prepares computer science professionals to identify, analyze and mitigate technical cybersecurity related vulnerabilities, exploits and attacks against network and critical cyber infrastructure. The coursework emphasizes practical technical skills, analysis and research focused on current cybersecurity issues.
This certificate program focuses on both the technical and analytical aspects of advanced cyber security and defense.
Graduates of this certificate program will:
Each course in this certificate program provides project-based opportunities to extend technical skills in programming, network, operating system, infrastructure design and analysis as well as understanding prevention of cybersecurity breaches and incidents.
A bachelor of science or equivalent in computer science is ideal. Applicants with bachelor of science degrees in areas other than computer science will be individually evaluated for adequate knowledge in programming, algorithms and system design, and may be assigned additional courses to take as part of the certificate program to address deficiencies in background.
Students currently enrolled in the CU Denver bachelor of science in computer science program are eligible for this certificate with the recommendation of their advisor.
Students need to complete a sequence of four separate graduate-level courses:
Two of the following: (depending on student background)
Students must take and pass each course with a grade of B- or better and earn a GPA of at least 3.0 to obtain the Cyber Security and Defense Certificate.