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University degree using Certs

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Post Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:32 am

University degree using Certs

Recently saw a link for an IT masters program at Charles Sturt University in Australia.
http://www.itmasters.edu.au/it-security/


The program has various streamincluding a Digital Forensics one. Best of all they allow use of work experience and certifiactions towards the degrees and certificates. They are also a fully certified university with brick and mortar campuses as well.

The 3 streams they have are :


Microsoft 2008 Stream
Digital Forensics Stream
Multi Platform Security Stream


Personally, having been out of college fro over 20 years I am looking at the Graduate certificate. I qualify for admission and it only needs 4 courses to earn. Thankfully 2 of my certs already mean I only need to courses .

There official blurb is below:

This Graduate Certificate incorporates preparation of one or more of the following industry certifications:
The Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) from the GIAC organisation and SANS Institute;
The Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) from the GIAC organisation and SANS Institute;
The Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) cert from the EC Council;
The Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) from the The International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) industry certification exam from the International;
Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)²);
The Certified Forensics Analyst (GCFA) industry certification from the GIAC organisation and SANS Institute, and
The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) industry certification from the EC-Council.


I included the courses\requirements for the certificate program.
University Subjects (Choose 2):
ITC506 Topics in IT Ethics
ITC593 Network Security
ITC595 Information Security
ITC596 IT Risk Management
ITC505 Systems Development Project Management
ITC513 Wireless Networking Concepts
ITC514 Network and Security Administration
ITC516 Principles of Database Development
ITC563 IT Management Issues
ITC597 Digital Forensics

Industry Subjects(Choose 2):
ITE512 Incident Response
ITE513 Forensic Investigation
ITE511 Digital Forensic Security Essentials (Credit only)
ITE514 Professional Systems Security
ITE515 Forensic Analysis (Credit only)
ITE525 Cyber Law
ITE516 Hacking Countermeasures
ITI551 Virtual Private Network and Firewall Management I (Credit only)
MGI511 Project Management Fundamentals
MGI512 The Project Lifecycle
MGI513 Enterprise Project Management
ITI581 Network Security Fundamentals

The Master requires 12 credits, 6 of which can be certs. http://www.itmasters.edu.au/digital-for ... alisation/

That link is very helpful as it has the mapping showing which certs can be used against which course. I have also corresponded with them and found that additional SANS courses can be used as credit, on individual review of the course.

Hope this helps someone else out. I have been looking forever for someone that allowed me credit for the numerous hours studying for the certs I earned.
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Post Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:51 pm

Re: University degree using Certs

Does this end up being a cheaper way to obtain SANS certs?
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Re: University degree using Certs

This doesn't earn SANS certs. 

If you have a SANS cert you can use it against the Uni degree.

You are getting a 2 for 1 if you take a SANS cert. You get the industry recognized cert and can use it towards university 
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Post Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:36 pm

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Okay...  I've seen college courses where the course material is from a Security+, CISSP, or CCNA book and the class prepares you for a certification so I thought that's what this was.

The aim of this course is to provide professionals in the IT industry with a course of study in designing, planning, and implementing security as part of a secure computing environment and prepare for industry certification in these fields.


The above made it sound like it was similar to those courses.
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Post Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:40 pm

Re: University degree using Certs

If you take some of their classes, it does prepare you for writing certain certs.

You would still need to write the cert exam though.
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Post Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:59 pm

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But SANS certs isn't one of them?  You have to pay for SANS separately.  They don't use GCFA books for a course, which also prepares you for taking the GCFA exam later if you want, right?
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Re: University degree using Certs

As far as I know, they don't use the actual SANS courseware which would make writing the cert a lot harder, especially since SANS certs are open book.

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