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Online Certificate of Advanced Studies – Cyber Policy

The certificate of advanced studies in Cyber Policy provides students with an overview of the Constitutional, legal and public policy issues associated with the field of cybersecurity. Just as the field of cybersecurity is vast, so is the study of all the associated legal and policy issues. The certificate program educates students to examine how the United States Constitution, United States laws and public policy relate to every aspect of cyberspace and cybersecurity. In addition, the program addresses the complex interrelationship between the technical, legal, social, ethical, cultural and international aspects of cybersecurity and cyberspace operations. Students will also learn about techniques to understand, assess and manage risk in complex and diverse cyberspace and networked systems.

Utica College is proud to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Courses & Curriculums

Students will learn hands-on investigative skills using the most modern and up-to-date tools and technologies in the following courses:

CYB 606 – Cyberspace and Cybersecurity
Provides an introduction to the disciplines of cyberspace and cybersecurity including key concepts, terms and definitions. Examination of threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures associated with cybersecurity. Introduce the topics of cybersecurity policy, risk and compliance.

CYB 668 – Organizational Risk Management Framework
Rules, regulations and issues related to organizational risk management. Topics addressed cover risk assessment and management from healthcare, financial, privacy, data breach, and government perspectives.

CYB 680 – Cyberspace Law, Public Policy and Politics
This course examines the Constitution, law, public policy, surveillance, privacy, crime, law enforcement, and punishment related to actions in cyberspace.

CYB 681 – The Law and Ethics of Cyber Espionage
Examination of United States laws governing cyber espionage activities, major known incidents, strategies and motivations, geopolitics, and corporate/industrial espionage. This course will address the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, FISA Court, and PATRIOT Act.

CYB 682 – Cyber War and Deterrence
Study definitions of warfare, strategies and objectives, the developing roles of cyber in warfare and deterrence, key United States and other nation's policy documents, and protecting national critical infrastructures.

CYB 688 – International Aspects of Cyber Policy
This course is concerned with developing and evolving international law, diplomacy, international cooperation, non-cooperation, international organizations, alternatives for Internet governance, the European Convention on Cybercrime, the Tallinn Manual, and the principle of national responsibility.

Total Required Credits Hours: 18

Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

  • :: Bachelor's degree or International equivalent
  • :: Minimum GPA of 2.7. Applicants with GPAs below 2.7 can be admitted at the discretion of the department
  • :: No GRE or GMAT required

Cyber Policy Learning Goals

  • :: Understand the basics of computer hardware, peripherals and system software and their relationship to cybersecurity and computer forensics
  • :: Analyze and assess how cyber technologies, cybersecurity, and computer forensics are involved in the fields of criminal justice, business, industry and national critical infrastructure
  • :: Analyze and assess the legal, social, technical and ethical tradeoffs and relationships involved in the cybersecurity and computer forensics disciplines
  • :: Recognize the interrelationship between cybercrime and fraud and understand the techniques used to investigate and mitigate cyber fraud
  • :: Create cybersecurity policies that address legal, compliance, and regulatory requirements

Continue Your Education

When you’re ready to advance your education, you may seamlessly transfer your Certificate of Advanced Studies credits to complete either of these Master’s degrees in as few as 12 months.1 Not all credit hours may transfer into the Master’s degree. Permission of the Program Director is required.

Additional Certificates of Advanced Study can be found here.

Want to Learn More?

Request More Information or call us today at 315.732.2640 or toll-free at 866.295.3106 to speak with a Program Manager.

1Students are expected to take 1 class every 8 weeks. Please contact your Program Manager for detailed guidelines.