University of Delaware


University of Delaware Graduate Level Certificate: Fundamentals of Cyber Security Cohort

The Communications – Electronics Research, Development & Engineering Center (CERDEC) is pleased to announce we will be offering a graduate level certificate in the Fundamentals of Cyber Security. Courses will be offered by University of Delaware at the University Center, Aberdeen MD. Open to all CERDEC Engineers and Scientists (E&S), all other APG E&S employees, and APG E&S contractors.  Classes will meet once a week. Details are in additional attachment entitled “University of Delaware Graduate Level Certificate Course Schedule” please note schedule is subject to change.

Overview of Program: The Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Certificate provides advanced training in the Fundamentals of Cybersecurity through a three course sequence: Introduction to Cybersecurity (CYBER I), System Hardening & Protection, and Advanced Cyber Security (Cyber II)

Curriculum/Description of Courses:

Cohort Courses: (9 credits)

CPEG/ELEG/CISC/MISY 665 Introduction to Cybersecurity (CYBER I)

Introduction to computer and network security covers the foundation security policies and methods to provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability, as well as cryptography, auditing, and user security. Topics are reinforced with hands-on exercises run in a virtual machine environment.

CPEG694 System Hardening and Protection

Practical treatment of the defensive techniques used to harden computer systems to make them less vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Defect management, configuration/hardening, account control, logs/auditing, and risk assessment are covered and reinforced with hands-on exercises run in a virtual machine environment.

CPEG697 Advanced Cyber Security (CYBER II)

This seminar course explores areas in advanced computer and network security not covered in introductory cybersecurity classes. Course provides insight into realistic complex defensive and offensive cybersecurity topics such as DoS attacks, DNS security, Email spam, On-line Authentication, Phishing, Cloud Security, Malware, and Web security.

University of Delaware Prerequisites:

The requirements for admission to the Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Certificate are the following:

  1. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 system.
  1. Applicants must have undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or related disciplines. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines may be admitted with provisional status.
  1. Applicants must have programming experience in a high level language (e.g. C, C++, java, python) and familiarity with basic networking protocols and operating systems.
  1. International applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of proficiency in the English language if English is not their first language. The University requires an official TOEFL score of at least 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer-based, or 79 on Internet-based tests. TOEFL scores more than two years old cannot be considered official. Alternatively, IELTS can be accepted in the place of the TOEFL. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.0.
  1. Applicants must have their own laptop available to use for this Cohort (NO GOVERNMENT ISSUED COMPUTERS) You are NOT required to purchase a new computer, however, you will have to meet the parameters specified on the attachment titled “Recommended Specifications for New Computer Purchases “. If you have an existing lap top to use, and have any questions on whether the capability will meet the cohort requirements, or do not own a computer, please contact Chase Cotton (contact information below).

Contact Information:

Admissions: Louise Bank, PhD, (302) 831-4610; Fax: (302) 831-1468

Curriculum and Computer Requirements: Chase Cotton, PhD, (302) 831-8517,

About Chase Cotton, Ph.D.

Chase Cotton (Ph.D. EE, UD, 1984; BS ME, UT Austin, 1975) is a successful researcher, carrier executive, product manager, consultant, and educator for the technologies used in Internet and data services in the carrier environment for over 30 years.

Beginning in the mid-80’s Dr. Cotton’s communications research in Bellcore’s Applied Research Area involved creating new algorithms and methods in bridging, multicast, many forms of packet-based applications including voice & video, traffic monitoring, transport protocols, custom VLSI for communications (protocol engines and Content Addressable Memories), and Gigabit networking. In the mid-90’s as the commercial Internet began to blossom, he transitioned to assist carriers worldwide as they started their Internet businesses including Internet Service Providers (ISPs), hosting and web services, and the first large scale commercial deployment of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) for consumer broadband services. In 2000, Dr. Cotton assumed research, planning, and engineering for Sprint’s global Tier 1 Internet provider, SprintLink, expanding and evolving the network significantly during his 8 year tenure. At Sprint his activities include leading a team that enabled infrastructure for the first large scale collection and analysis of Tier 1 backbone traffic, and twice set the Internet 2 Land Speed World Record on a commercial production network.

Since 2008, Dr. Cotton has been at the University of Delaware in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, initially as a visiting scholar, and later as a Senior Scientist, Professor of Practice, and Director of Delaware’s Center for Information and Communications Sciences (CICS). His research interests include cybersecurity and high-availability software systems with funding drawn from the NSF, ARL, CERDEC, JPMorgan Chase, and other industrial sponsors. He currently is involved in the educational launch of a multi-faceted Cybersecurity initiative at UD where he is developing new security courses and degree programs including a minor and MS in Cybersecurity.

Dr. Cotton currently consults on communications and Internet architectures for many carriers and equipment vendors worldwide.

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