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Advanced Engineering Certificate in Cyber Systems Security

Bharat Madan, Ph.D.
Certificate Coordinator

The certificate program offered by the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology is aimed at understanding and mitigating the cyber security risks faced by individuals, small businesses, large corporations and ways to architect cyber defenses in their cyber systems. The new skills and advanced understanding of cyber security problems and solutions developed through classroom instruction, lab sessions and projects will prepare the students to meet the rapidly growing need for employees required in wide range of sectors that use information technology to support their operations.

For more information on the Advanced Engineering Certificate in Cyber Systems Security, please contact Dr. Bharat Madan at bmadan@odu.edu

The certificate program will:

  • Help engineers and managers gain understanding of the threats faced by the cyber systems and business processes;
  • Educate how to identify and economically manage risks posed by cyber threats by standalone and static/mobile networked cyber environments;
  • Provide details of existing practices, policies and technologies required to prevent, detect and recover from attacks;
  • Provide understanding of the architecture of trustworthy cyber systems and implementation of these architectures with available tools and technologies;
  • Teach the fundamentals of cryptography and its application to building secure information and cyber systems;
  • Develop skills for the prevailing workspace consisting of ever-increasing integration between physical and cyber systems; and,
  • Offer credits for future studies.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in an engineering field or undergraduate degree in another relevant STEM field
  • Prerequisites for applicants from non-engineering fields include: college-level mathematics calculus-based physics chemistry or biology

Students should submit a graduate non-degree application through the Office of Admissions.  The student should select "Non-Degree/Certificate/Visiting Student/Life Learners" under "What is your student type?" and then "Advanced Engineering" under "What program you plan to pursue?" when applying. coursework to the MSVE Department. Students who are currently pursuing a degree (i.e., degree seeking) at ODU do NOT need to submit a non-degree application; please contact Dr. Madan directly instead.  All students once admitted should contact Dr. Bharat Madan, certificate coordinator, at bmadan@odu.edu for more information on enrolling in the certificate program.

Course Requirements

  • Twelve credit hours of graduate course work
  • An grade point average of 3.00 or better is required in all coursework to earn the certificate

 Course  Credits
MSIM 570 - Foundations of Cyber Security  3
ENMA/MSIM 671 - Cyber Systems Engineering  3
ENMA/MSIM 672 - Threat Modeling and Risk Analysis  3
MSIM 773/873 - Networked System Security  3

Course Descriptions

MSIM 570 - Foundations of Cyber Security

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits (Pre-requisites:  MSIM 510 or permission of the instructor)

Course provides an overview of theory, tools and practice of cyber security and information assurance through prevention, detection and modeling of cyber attacks and recovery from such attacks. Techniques for security modeling, attack modeling, risk analysis and cost-benefit analysis are described to manage the security of cyber systems. Fundamental principles of cyber security and their applications for protecting software and information assets of individual computers and large networked systems are explored. Anatomy of some sample attacks designed to compromise confidentiality, integrity and availability of cyber systems are discussed.

ENMA/MSIM 671 - Cyber Systems Engineering

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits

Course provides an overview of functioning of cyber systems including how a computer interacts with the outside world. The composition of critical infrastructure and functioning of different engineered systems that form critical infrastructure are discussed. Mutual dependence and interactions between cyber systems and other engineered systems and the resulting security risks are also explored. (Cross-listed with ENMA 671).

ENMA/MSIM 672 - Threat Modeling and Risk Analysis

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits

Course discusses how to develop cyber threat models using attack graphs/trees, STRIDE, Universal Modeling Language (UML), attack graphs/trees and common of risk analysis tools. Course also discusses the need for quantitative security analysis and formal validation of security models and basic principles of formal model validation. (Cross-listed with ENMA 672).

MSIM 773/873 - Networked System Security

Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits

Course presents an overview of theory, techniques and protocols that are used to ensure that networks are able to defend themselves and the end-systems that use networks for data and information communication. Modeling of threats to networked systems, attack modeling with attack trees/graphs, cyber physical systems survivability to attacks, and behavior modeling of malware are explored. Network simulation/emulation using tools such as Scalable Simulation Framework (SSFNet), OPNET, or NS3 are examined. Application of industry-standard security protocols, such as, Secure Socket Layer (SSL), Transport Layer Security (TLS), IP-Security (IPSec), Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), WEP, WPA, etc. for engineering the security of networked systems will also be discussed.