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Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance

Businesses today operate in complex technology-based environments. To ensure efficiency and accuracy in information systems and for prevention of fraudulent practices, businesses require their information systems and processes to be audited. Stakeholders need assurance of confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. VIU’s Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Audit and Compliance (GCITAC) courses enables students to learn security concepts and understand how IT-related risks can be minimized through security and control measures. Students will also develop an understanding of major regulatory requirements.

Program Requirements

VIU’s GCITAC program is generally completed within one year of full time study. It consists of four (4) core courses (12 credits) and two (2) electives (6 credits). The elective courses provide the opportunity for the students to develop further competencies covered in the core courses, based on their area of interest

Area # of Courses Credit Hours
Core courses 4 12
Elective courses 2 6
Total 6 18

GCITAC Core Courses

Each candidate must complete the following four (4) core courses (12 credits):

Course Code Course Name Credits
CMP 550
Prerequisite: None
CMP 558
Prerequisite: CMP 550 or CMP 562
This course is an introduction to the key security concepts required for the design, use, and implementation of secure voice and data communications networks, including the Internet. The security topics covered include defense models, authentication and authorization controls including biometrics, firewalls, packet filtering, virtual private networks (VPNs), security policy development, introduction to wireless network security, cloud computing security, disaster planning, backups, and risks mitigation strategies.
CMP 620
Prerequisite: None Internship / CPT Qualified
This course presents an integrated approach to IT governance. It discusses major roadmaps components and IT Governance strategies and frameworks. Topics include strategic alignment of IT with the business, use of assets and resources, delivering on plans and commitments, establishing and/or improving accountability of constituents, managing risk and contingencies, audits, compliance, performance measures and organizational maturity.
CMP 630
Prerequisite: CMP 550/CMP 562 Internship / CPT Qualified
This course examines computer network forensics. The topics covered include digital evidence concepts relating to a digital crime scene; the identification, preservation, collection, examination, analysis, and presentation of evidence for prosecution purposes; network forensics investigative methodology (OSCAR); sources of network-based evidence; evidence acquisition, packet analysis, statistical flow analysis, and wireless network forensics; network intrusion detection and analysis, event log aggregation, correlation and analysis; and malware forensics. The course also studies auditing and compliance requirements and standards, strategies for achieving and maintaining the same, and the laws and ethics related to computer forensics and challenges in computer forensics. .

GCITAC Elective Courses

Candidates must select two (2) courses (6 credits) from the list of courses below:

Course Code Course Name Credits
CMP 552
CMP 553
Prerequisite: None
This course provides an overview of the systems development life cycle. It introduces tools and methods for the analysis and design of information systems and the management and organizational skills needed for their implementation. Information analysis in entity-relationship modeling and process modeling in data flow diagrams will be covered as the key skills in structured system analysis and design.
CMP 570
Prerequisite: CMP 550 or CMP 556
This course provides a process-oriented view of the organization and its relationships with suppliers, customers, and competitors. The topics covered include: processes as vehicles for achieving strategic objectives and gaining a competitive advantage and transforming the organization; process analysis, design, implementation, control and monitoring; processes as a means of achieving compliance; impact of processes on work and work practices; the role and importance of management; the role of enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM) systems, and customer relationship management (CRM) systems; the process continuum: from structured to unstructured processes; the role of systems in transforming organizations and markets; outsourcing, offshore management, acquisition management and global perspectives.
CMP 591
Prerequisite: Completion of the Core courses or Dean's approval
This course represents an opportunity for students receive academic credit through supervised practical training and earn industry experience in an actual work environment. The internship course guides the learning contract established in the beginning of the term, on which students have to report at the end of term. Students are expected to work at least 135 hours per semester. Students are required to attend two meetings/seminars with their faculty advisor to determine learning objectives and assess how well learning objectives are being accomplished.
CMP 640"
Prerequisite: * Internship / CPT qualified course.

Career Paths & Opportunities

  • Information security auditor
  • Network security auditor
  • Information security administrator
  • IT manager

Sample Schedule

The following is a sample schedule of the possible sequencing of courses in the Graduate Certificate in ITAC program.

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
CMP 552 Information Systems 3
CMP 558 Information Systems Security 3
CMP 620 Information Technology Governance 3
Total Credits 9

Second Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
CMP 630 Information Technology Audit and Forensics 3
CMP XXX Program Elective 3
CMP XXX Program Elective 3
Total Credits 9