At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for an undergraduate certificate may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the certificate.
The NSA certificate indicates students have completed the courses representing the required knowledge units as specified by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as part of Penn State’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
What is National Security Agency?
Penn State and the College of Information Sciences and Technology are designated as a national Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. As such, the College of IST is authorized to grant security certificates of recognition and achievement to graduating students who meet certain academic criteria. The certificates certify that the student graduated from an institution and program whose faculty, resources, curricula, and commitment were evaluated and found to be of high quality, as defined by NSA/DHS for cyber security professionals.
You Might Like This Program If...
- You want to protect digital information, data stores, and computer networks from threats.
- You want to learn the cyberdefense strategies used to anticipate, recognize, and defend against computer attacks.
- You're passionate about how we can keep sensitive information out of the hands of hackers, cybercriminals, and terrorist organizations.
To earn an undergraduate certificate in National Security Agency, a minimum of 28 credits is required.
A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses for the certificate; no course substitutions are permitted. Courses taken more than 10 years ago will not apply automatically towards completion of the certificate but instead will require review by the academic unit.
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|IST 140||Introduction to Application Development||3|
|or CMPSC 101||Introduction to Programming|
|IST 210||Organization of Data||3|
|IST 220||Networking and Telecommunications||3|
|IST 451||Network Security||3|
|IST 454||Computer and Cyber Forensics||3|
|IST 456||Information Security Management||3|
|SRA 111||Introduction to Security and Risk Analysis||3|
|SRA 221||Overview of Information Security||3|
|STAT 200||Elementary Statistics||4|
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Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
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Students who earn the Security certificate are prepared to pursue careers in intelligence, risk analysis, defense, and emergency management. Earning the certificate demonstrates that the student completed a program whose curriculum and resources were designated as high quality by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.
Because our courses blend technical knowledge with skills in communication and business, a Security certificate allows students to pursue opportunities in intelligence, counterterrorism, computer forensics, and a number of other growing careers.
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