Critical Infrastructure

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Critical Infrastructure program provides students with the skills required to secure, protect and identify vulnerabilities in a network with a focus on the cross-domain security concerns between information technology and operational technology systems. This program is designed to prepare students for a variety of industry-recognized information technology (IT) security certification exams. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity is also available.


Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Critical Infrastructure (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Spring 2023

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Courses within any of the following prefixes must be taken within five (5) years prior to completion of the program to be applied toward this award: AIM, BPC, CIS, CLD, CNT, CSC, ITS, and MST.

What You'll Learn
  • Explain the fundamental components, concepts, and application of cybersecurity principles. (CIS105, CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS143, CIS156, CIS201, CIS202, CIS203, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, MST150++)
  • Describe cyber defense tools, methods, and components. (CIS156, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CNT140AB, CNT150AB, ITS240)
  • Apply cyber defense methods to prepare a system to repel attacks. (CIS156, CIS201, CIS202, CIS203, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CNT150AB, ITS240)
  • Analyze common security failures and identify specific design principles that have been violated. (CIS201, CIS202, CIS203, CIS271DB, CIS272DB)
  • Understand the interaction between security and system usability and the importance for minimizing the effects of security mechanisms. (CIS201, CIS202, CIS203, CIS271DB, CIS272DB)
  • Apply appropriate protocols, tools, and techniques to maximize security in the network environment. (CIS156, CIS201, CIS202, CIS203, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CNT140AB, CNT150AB, ITS240)
  • Describe the fundamental concepts, technologies, components, vulnerabilities, and issues related to networks. (CIS105, CIS143, CIS201, CIS202, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CNT140AB, CNT150AB)
  • Identify and describe basic security issues of operating systems. (CIS105, CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS201, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, ITS240, MST150++)
  • Identify perpetrators, their resources, and their motivations in cyberspace. (CIS111, CIS143, CIS203, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, ITS240)
  • Compare and contrast offensive and defensive resources used in cybersecurity ecosystems/environment. (CIS201, CIS202, CIS203, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, ITS240)
  • Delineate differences between the moral, behavioral, ethical, and legal ramifications found in the cybersecurity world. (CIS105, CIS111, CIS143, CIS156)
  • Apply knowledge of regulatory and legal requirements to ensure compliance. (CIS111, CIS143, CIS202, ITS240)
  • Apply risk analysis methodologies to identify potential vulnerabilities, associated impacts, and recommend appropriate responses. (CIS111, CIS143, CIS201, CIS202, CIS203, CIS271DB, CIS272DB, CNT150AB, ITS240)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
The following courses are required and included in the CCL in Cybersecurity Fundamentals
MST150++Any Microsoft Windows course (3)3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
CIS111Ethics in Information Technology3
CIS126DLLinux Operating System (3) OR
CIS126RHRed Hat System Administration I (3)3
CIS156Python Programming: Level I3
CIS271DBInformation Security Essentials3
CIS272DBInformation Security Principles3
CNT140ABIntroduction to Networks4
ITS240Ethical Hacking and Network Defense3
The following courses are required for CCL in Critical Infrastructure
CIS143Introduction to Critical Infrastructure Protection3
CIS201Introduction to Operational Technology3
CIS202Introduction to Smart Grid Security3
CIS203Risk Management Framework3
CNT150ABSwitching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials4

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