Certificate in Cybersecurity Systems (CCSS)

A joint Program of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Naveen Jindal School of Management

OVERVIEW

Security of data is growing in importance for a large variety of everyday “systems”. The most visible systems are in the medical field, public utilities, communications via email and mobile phones, government record-keeping systems, transportation, education and finance. The list of such vulnerabilities is large and growing: attacks on functionality of networks and systems; malware, worms, and Trojan horses; botnets and zombies; fake security software warnings; social network attacks and so on. Cyber security involves protecting information as well as the critical systems that process, store and manipulate such information in the presence of increasing threats, including multiple aspects of hardware, software and management systems.

The demand for improved cybersecurity education is a critical need in bolstering America’s future workforce. Today, the United States faces a deficit in the number of cybersecurity professionals, and predictions of the growing need are worrisome. Studies indicate a need for several hundred thousand new information security professionals within the next two years.

In addressing this growing critical demand, the Certificate in Cybersecurity Systems (CCSS) offered at UT Dallas provides a joint program between the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) and the Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM). The CCSS is an interdisciplinary program with three specialized tracks: emphasis in Computer Science, emphasis in Systems Engineering and Management, and emphasis in Internal Audit and IT Management. Each track consists of one common course in the fundamentals of cybersecurity and three additional courses specific to the individual tracks, for a total of 12 semester credit hours.