Completed through the University of Illinois Springfield. Awarded Fall 2014.

The Computer Science certificates are designed to provide specialized knowledge and skills required for teaching information assurance and systems security at the college level. The curricula focus on developing a cadre of teachers qualified to teach information assurance and systems security classes at community colleges and universities. Certificates are awarded on completion of the course work. Information for each is available from the Computer Science Department. These certificates are offered only in an online format and are open only to college faculty participating in faculty development courses offered through the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA),

Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance (12 Hours)

Network Security Design CISSP

Completed: 06/4-8/2012

This course affords the network security or IT specialist the opportunity to study the 10 domains of the CISSP exam. The student will receive instruction and also utilize labs developed that align with the 4011 and 4013 CCNS objectives.

VMware vSphere Install, Configure, Manage (ICM) V5.0

Completed: 06/07-11/2013

This hands-on training course explores installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphereTM, which consists of ESXi and vCenter Server. The course is based on ESXi 5 and vCenter Server 5. Completion of this course satisfies as a prerequisite to take the VMware Certified Professional 5 exam. Faculty participants who complete this course may enroll in any of several more-advanced vSphere courses. See for advanced course options.

By instituting this program, VMware seeks to create a collaborative relationship with academic institutions whereby their students may obtain the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) status and other VMware certifications.

Certified Ethical Hacking

Completed: 06/2-6/2014

The Ethical Hacking Course is an advanced course that covers many of the common attacks used by hackers to exploit systems, such as SQL injection, spear phishing and buffer overflows. The instructor performs a live demonstration of these techniques and shows you how to create, pack, and deploy malware in a realistic network environment. The class also includes demonstrations and labs on IPv6 Exploitation, Denial of Service, and extracting passwords from RAM, and more. Students will get access to 19 hands on labs where they will get to attack systems and use tools part of every hacker’s toolkit, including Poison Ivy, Dark Comet, Metasploit, and Armitage. Attendees of this workshop will better understand the hacker’s perspective and methodology. This course will be taught by Jesse Varsalone, who the developed the labs and has experience as a penetration tester and red-teamer.

Security+ for Teachers

Completed: 06/9-13/2014

Security + is an international, vendor-neutral certification that demonstrates competency in:

  • Network Security
  • Compliance and operational security
  • Threats and vulnerabilities
  • Application, data and host security
  • Access control and identity management
  • Cryptography

This course introduces the basic principles of network security. The student will be introduced to computer network vulnerabilities and threats and how to safeguard computer networks from those vulnerabilities and threats. This course will expose the student to network security planning, network security technology, network security organization and the legal and ethical issues associated with network security. This course is designed to prepare the student for the CompTIA Security + certification.