Postdoctoral Fellowship in Information Assurance



Faculty members at institutions throughout the world are invited to apply for the University of Maryland University College Online Post-doctoral Fellowship in Information Assurance.In this program, faculty members will remain on their own campus while taking the five graduate courses necessary to obtain an IA certificate online.Tuition, books, and fees for these faculty members, plus a stipend, will be paid to program participants.No travel will be involved.†† These courses may be taken at the rate of one or two per semester and completion is expected within three to six semesters.


Fellows will have access to courseware using UMUCís proprietary WebTycho online platform and will interface with the Network & Security laboratory online asynchronously.Successful graduates will be prepared to teach IA in an information technology-oriented program.They will satisfy the requirements for certification as CNSS 4011, 4012, and 4013.Upon completion of the program, they will teach a course online for UMUC.


The graduate Certificate in Information Technology Systems in Information Assurance deals with theory and topical issues, both technical and managerial, in the fields of information systems security and overall information security. The certificate provides a thorough knowledge base for managers and technology professionals concerned with the development and operation of secure information systems and the protection of an organizationís information assets. The track provides Fellows with a practical understanding of the principles of data protection, network security, and computer forensics. The track also introduces the Fellows to the policy, ethical, and legal issues associated with information security.

Total Semester Hours: 15 

Required Courses

  • CSMN 655 Information Risk Assessment and Security Management (3)
  • CSMN 681 Cryptology and Data Protection (3)
  • CSMN 683 Intrusion Detection, Incident Response, and Computer Forensics (3)
  • TLMN 672 Network and Internet Security (3)

Elective Courses (Choose one)

  • CSMN 685 Security Policy, Ethics, and the Legal Environment (3)
  • ITSM 620 Concepts in Homeland Security (3)
  • CSMN 668 Database Security (3)

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) serves adult, part-time students through both traditional "face to face" and online instruction.UMUC offers more than 30 degrees fully online, including all of the information assurance-related degrees and certificates. University of Maryland University College is one of 11 accredited degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland.


UMUCís leadership in the online arena has received frequent national and international recognition.UMUC was named the recipient of the 2001 Sloan Asynchronous Learning Network (ALN) Consortium Award for Excellence in Institution-Wide ALN Programming. In 2000, UMUC received the first annual e-Learning Award from e-Gov and also was recognized as a Forbes Favorite in Higher Education by Forbes magazine.UMUC is designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Departments of Defense (National Security Agency) and Homeland Security.


Applicants should submit a letter of interest by e-mail including a statement of intent on why and how they will complete the program and a current Curriculum Vita.Successful applications will also be asked for concurrence from their Department chair or Dean.


Application materials should be submitted by e-mail prior to December 15 for consideration for Spring semester 2006, or by April 1 for consideration for Summer or Fall semester 2006 to may be directed to the same address.


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Postdoctoral Fellowship


Information Assurance

I am pleased that in Spring 2008, I completed all the requirements of the graduate Certificate in Information Assurance. It was a Postdoctoral Fellowship I was awarded in 2006 by the University of Maryland.

The courses that I attended, all online, were:

  • CSMN 655 Information Risk Assessment and Security Management
  • INFA 640 Cryptology and Data Protection
  • CSMN 683 Intrusion Detection, Incident Response, and Computer Forensics
  • TLMN 672 Network and Internet Security
  • ITSM 620 Concepts in Homeland Security

    It was indeed a very interesting program with live online chat interaction. The program also included the use of advanced network diagnostics and monitoring software.