Carnegie Mellon University

Cyber Ops Certificate

Cyber operations (Cyber Ops) is a specialization of information security that is in high demand within areas of the government and military, including the National Security Agency (NSA).

If you have an interest in working for the NSA, or a similar organization, certification in Cyber Ops may be the right fit for you. To participate, students must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Information Security (MSIS) degree program.

Cyber Ops Curriculum Meets MSIS Degree Requirements

MSIS students must complete 159 units and ensure they register for and complete the prescribed set of courses in order to earn the certificate. All of the courses used to satisfy Cyber Ops Certificate requirements must be taken for a letter grade. Upon graduation, the Cyber Ops certificate would be issued in addition to the MSIS degree.

Note: International students can pursue the Cyber Ops Certificate.

The Cyber Ops curriculum is made up of ten required courses and at least four optional courses in the Cyber Ops Concentration. The courses satisfy MSIS requirements as described below.

REQUIRED COURSES

Students must successfuly complete all of the following courses. These course units will also be applied to the core course requirements of the MSIS curriculum.

  • 14-740 Fundamental of Telecommunication Networks (12 units)
  • 14-741 Introduction to Information Security (12 units)
  • 14-761 Applied Information Assurance (12 units) (can be considered as the additional security core course; otherwise, as a restricted elective or course option course)
  • 14-782 Information Security Risk Management I (6 units) 
  • 14-788 Information Security Policy and Management or 14-784 Information Security Risk Management II (6 units)
  • 15-605 Operating Systems (15 units)
  • 18-732 Secure Software Systems (12 units)

Students must successfully complete all of the following courses for the certificate. These course units will also be applied to the restricted electives or course option requirements of the MSIS curriculum.

  • 14-829 Mobile Security (12 units) (can be considered as the additional security core course, if needed)
  • 15-650 Algorithms and Advanced Data Structures (12 units)
  • 14-513 or 15-513 Introduction to Computer Systems

Students must select at least 4 courses from the following list. The units can be applied to the MSIS curriculum to the restricted electives or course option requirements of the MSIS curriculum.

  • 14-642 Introduction to Embedded Systems
  • 14-822 Host Based Forensics (12 units) (can be considered as the additional security core course, if needed)
  • 14-736: Distributed Systems: Techniques, Infrastructure, and Services (12 units) (can be considered as a core course, if needed)
  • 05-836 Usable Privacy and Security (12 units)
  • 14-814 Wireless Network Security (12 units) (can be considered as the additional security core course if needed)
  • 18-733 Applied Cryptography (12 units) (can be considered as a core course if needed)
  • 18-845 Internet Services (12 units)
  • 14-735 Secure Coding (12 units) (can be considered as the additional security course, if needed)
  • 14-819 Introduction to Software Reverse Engineering (12 units)

The following course sequence would be completed in 20 months. The courses representing the required courses for the certificate are in boldface, while the courses representing the optional courses are in italics. The core courses, restricted electives, and concentration courses correspond to the MSIS requirements.

FALL, YEAR 1:

  • 14-740 Fundamental of Telecommunication Networks
  • 14-741 Introduction to Information Security
  • 14-761 Applied Information Assurance
  • 14-513 Introduction to Computer Systems

SPRING, YEAR 1:

  • 14-782 Information Security Risk Analysis I
  • 14-788 Information Security Policy and Management
  • 14-642 Introduction to Embedded Systems
  • 14-822 Host Based Forensics
  • 14-736: Distributed Systems: Techniques, Infrastructure, and Services

SUMMER, YEAR 1:

  • Internship

FALL, YEAR 2:

  • 15-605 Operating Systems
  • 15-650 Algorithms and Advanced Data Structures
  • 14-829 Mobile Security

Optionally:

  • 14-814 Wireless Network Security 

SPRING, YEAR 2:

  • 18-732 Secure Software Systems
  • 18-733 Applied Cryptography
  • 18-845 Internet Services 

Optionally:

  • 05-836 Usable Privacy and Security 
  • 14-735 Secure Coding
  • 14-736: Distributed Systems: Techniques, Infrastructure, and Services