Cyber Security Certificate

Since 2003, County College of Morris has been a certifying institution for the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security in the National Initiative for Education and Training Program (NIETP) for Information Assurance.

The fifteen-credit CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT is awarded to students in recognition of satisfactory completion of the Information Security Certificate Program.

This program is mapped to the NSA/DHS CAE2Y KU Standards and NSTISSI 4011.


Three required courses:

CMP 120 – Foundations of Information Security 3
CMP 124 – Network Security 3
CMP 125 – Management of Information and Systems Security 3

Restricted Electives (6 Cr)

Introduction to Criminology 3
Criminal Justice System 3
System Analysis and Design 3
Computer Science I 3
Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense 3
Ethics 3
Routing I 3
Routing II 3
Digital Forensics I 3
Digital Forensics II 3
Special Topics in Information Technologies 3





CMP 120: Foundations of Information Security

This course provides a principled introduction to the field of information security. History, characteristics and models of information and computer security are explored. Topics such as risk management, logical and physical security, continuity, cryptography, and architecture are discussed. The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Knowledge Units and the CISSP CBK Domains are incorporated into the course content affording the student reinforcement and mastery of information security terminology and concepts.

CMP 124: Network Security

This course provides an in-depth study of network attack techniques and methods to defend against them. Areas of study include communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, and operational and organizational security as it relates to network hardware, software and data. Topics include authentication, attacks, virtual private networks, email protection, web security, wireless, firewalls, intrusion detection, cryptography, disaster recovery and computer forensics regarding networked systems. Using a hands-on approach, powerful tools to diagnose and correct security breaches are investigated and manipulated. This course is mapped to the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Knowledge Units and vendor-neutral certification exam.

CMP 125: Management of Information and Systems Security

This course entails identifying an organization’s information assets and the development, documentation and implementation of policies, standards, procedures and guidelines that ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of those assets. This course, which is mapped to the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Knowledge Units, prepares students to understand the planning, organization and roles of individuals involved in security, to develop security policies, and to utilize management tools to identify threats, classify assets and rate vulnerabilities. A detailed, real-world security plan is developed using customized strategies.

CMP 243: Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense

This course combines an ethical methodology with the hands-on application of security tools to better help students secure and defend their systems. Students are introduced to common countermeasures that effectively reduce and/or mitigate attacks. This class is designed to help students prepare for professional careers in the information security field and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam.

CMP160: Digital Forensics

This course introduces the student to the fundamental concepts of computer forensics. By conducting a detailed examination of data media for structure, file system type, volumes, lost and hidden areas, the student will develop the ability to collect and analyze computer data for digital evidence. An understanding of specific resources and an exploration of software tools available for data recovery and forensic analysis will be conducted in a laboratory setting. Upon completion of this coursed the student will demonstrate various data recovery techniques as the basis for forensic evaluation.

CMP 261: Advanced Digital Forensics

This advanced course in digital forensics will enable the student to understand advanced file system forensics, the theory of forensic procedures, review of identification, imaging, and authentication, review of FAT file system, NTFS and EXT3 file systems, partitioning, Window’s logical analysis, email analysis, and web history analysis conducted in a laboratory setting. Upon completion of this course the student will apply investigative methodology as it applies to data artifacts, including where they are found in computer operating systems, and how they are deployed in digital forensics. The student will perform forensic media acquisition and verification.


CCM is a certifying institution for the CNSS/NSA in information security education.

Our fifteen credit certificate is mapped to NSTISSI Standard 4011 and consists of three required courses:

CMP 120 – Foundations of Information Security
CMP 124 – Network Security
CMP 125 – Management of Information and Systems Security

And two elective courses chosen from a list of cross-discipline courses.

Computer Information Systems Certificates of Achievement

Information Security Certificate of Achievement

For more information, please contact:

Professor Patricia Tamburelli
973 328-5799