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Oct. 10, 2003
DH-03 TK 058
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
Keith Otterberg
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Cal State Dominguez Hills
Launches Cyber-Security Certificate Program

Carson, Calif – California State University, Dominguez Hills Division of Extended Education will launch a Cyber Security/Information Management Program in February 2004 directed to those having primary responsibility for information systems security and organizational networks. This course is designed to train personnel to protect critical private and public information systems from cyberspace attacks.

Developed in accordance with the curriculum created by the United States Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, the program seeks to make users aware of current and developing security threats, and to train information and communication technology and business professionals in the skills necessary to thwart these threats. The curriculum will engage and empower organizations and individuals to secure the portions of cyberspace that they own, operate, control, or with which they interact.

Among the important objectives of this course of study are those related to the importance of understanding the need for security in an organization, identifying security problems; understanding ethical issues involved in the use of information systems security, identifying major areas of security management, ensuring physical security requirements, controlling software security, using backup procedures, managing recovery techniques, and encrypting data and controlling access to data.

As the world becomes more and more dependent on networks of computers, it also becomes increasingly and dangerously more vulnerable to cyber intrusion and cyber terrorism. According to the United States Department of State, the creation of ease of use automated computer systems and devices that have stimulated prosperity; competitive advantages and efficiency have at the same time generated unintentional security gaps. Hardware and computer products are so easy to use that people with little technical knowledge or skill can install complex software and run it on their desktop computers.

The gap between the knowledge needed to operate a system and that needed to keep it secure results in increasing numbers of vulnerable systems. Similarly, as technology evolves more rapidly, vendors concentrate on reducing the time it takes to bring a new product to market. Frequently, those same vendors overlook security matters. Computer users depend on their systems working properly when they need them, assuming erroneously that their information technology departments are operating all systems securely. Real threats do exist and range from the corrupting of a single home-based personal computer to that of shutting down a company, a power communications system, a military operation, a law enforcement agency, and even an entire government.

CSU Dominguez Hills Division of Extended Education offers academic, professional development and lifelong learning opportunities through degree, certificate, and credential programs and non-credit courses. For more information on Extended Education programs, call 877-GO-HILLS, or visit the Web site at

For information on this vital program, please contact Jerry G. Alston at CSUDH at (310) 243-3355 or via e-mail at

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