All undergraduate Computer Science students who take the following courses will receive the NSA approved "Information Systems Security Professionals Certification”.

  • CS457 Information Security
  • CS458 Cyber Defense
  • CS482 Selected Topics in Information Security. *With permission of the INFOSEC Program office and only in special circumstances, this course may be substituted by a relevant course.

Students in this certificate program learn Cybersecurity tools and techniques to protect networks and systems from the hackers. There is a huge shortage of technical Cybersecurity expertise in the nation. As a result, we see so many security breaches of the industry and government agencies.  This certificate is designed to prepare Cybersecurity experts for our national need.

*If you have taken the required courses for the Information Security Certification, please:

  1. Print out an unofficial transcript,
  2. Circle the required courses you have taken, and
  3. Take the transcript to the CS Admin Assistant (King Hall 119B).



The job market for Cybersecurity professionals is great, with some of the best-paying jobs in the country. Many organizations, especially those working with the Department of Defense (DoD), would like their technical employees to have Cybersecurity certifications.

Cyber Defense Club

All the students interested in Cybersecurity are highly encouraged to participate in our Cyber Defense Club (CDC). CDC students meet weekly, receive hands-on experience with Cybersecurity tools, and practice to participate in local and national Cybersecurity competitions. The club is open to all JMU students. No Cybersecurity background is required to participate. Learn More

JMU is one of the original seven National Security Agency (NSA) designated centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. This is an outreach effort designed to reduce vulnerability in the National Information Infrastructure. For more details about this program, please visit the National Security Agency.

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