Applications in Cybersecurity


Applications in CybersecurityProgram Details


A 10-week program covering advanced cyber protections for Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) utilizing extensive hands-on experimentation with the latest tools and technologies

DePaul University's Applications in Cybersecurity Program provides security professionals with a comprehensive and in-depth overview of the key principles and issues involved in protecting IoT and Industrial Control Systems (ICS). The program is ideally suited for security analysts, network and software engineers, security managers, technology managers and others who are responsible for the planning and implementation of advanced protections for Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) deployments. The curriculum is designed to be accessible and useful to managers, but also offers an extensive hands-on experimentation with the latest IoT and ICS technology for those in more technical roles.

Program content consists of lectures and demonstrations complemented by class discussion and hands-on labs. Students will be expected to actively participate in class discussions and collaborative group activities. Reading assignments, case studies, and projects will be assigned. Lab experimentation will use machines running Microsoft Windows® and Kali Linux™ operating systems. Laptops will be available for use during in-class labs, but students are welcomed to bring their own laptops running these readily available operating systems.

Students in this program will be able to:

  • Understand the cyber-physical systems security principles of confidentiality, integrity, availability, non-reputation, veracity, and plausibility
  • Recognize the vulnerabilities in the structure of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) deployments that make cybersecurity exploits possible
  • Experiment with penetration tools and techniques for IoT and ICS cybersecurity testing
  • Perform cybersecurity risk assessment of cyber-physical deployments like IoT smart houses, IoT smart healthcare, ICS, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and smart grids
  • Learn the legal and privacy aspects of cyber-physical systems
  • Understand the role of cyber-physical systems in cyber warfare

In-Class Lab Exercises

Students will be assigned hands-on lab exercises at regular intervals through the course to reinforce concepts learned. Required lab exercises will include configuration for Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) deployments, Firewall and IDS configuration for ICS, and security assessments/pentesting of ICS and IoT deployments with Metasploit and Kali Linux tools. All lab exercise will be performed as a class activity where students are encourage to collaborate in the experimentation. All the ICS and IoT elements will be provided by DePaul CDM’s Cyber Physical Systems Security Lab.

For a complete program description, please download the program's brochure.

Dates & Location

Autumn Quarter 2018:

The autumn session is now closed.

On-campus section: Classes meet on Saturday afternoons (2:30pm-5:30pm) at DePaul's Loop Campus at 243 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago.


Autumn Quarter 2018


  • $2,600.00

Regular DePaul University students are charged the above rates based on their degree program. The tuition fee for this program is not included in the university's tuition package for full-time undergraduate students.

Full payment of tuition must be received before the start of the program. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-redundable 2.75% convenience fee.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: DePaul reserves the right to cancel any program before that program’s first scheduled meeting, in which case tuition fees (but not convenience fees) will be refunded. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition if the student drops the Applications in Cybersecurity Program by September 22, 2018 (convenience fees will not be refunded).

Application Fee

  • $40.00non-refundable

Each program requires a $40.00 (non-refundable) application fee that can be paid online (via credit card) during the online application process. If you need to pay this fee by check or money order, please make the check or money order payable to DePaul University and send it to:

DePaul University Institute for Professional Development
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Room 301
Chicago, IL 60604


Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.

Reading materials for certificate programs consist of textbooks and supplementary handouts. Textbook readings are considered preparatory in nature and are typically assigned prior to lectures; supplementary handouts are frequently distributed in class to provide additional information.

Textbook(s) to be announced.

Payment Options

Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-redundable 2.75% convenience fee.

Applicants who are eligible for a tuition reimbursement program offered by their employer and are interested in deferring their tuition payment using the university's Employer Tuition Deferral Plan must return the Employer Tuition Deferral Plan application to the Institute for Professional Development Office. Submitting this application to any other DePaul office may delay the student's registration process. Information about this plan, along with an application form, is found here .

Applicants who wish to use the university's Single Term Payment Plan or a third-party billing arrangement should contact the Institute for Professional Development office at (312) 362-6282 for details.


Admission Requirements

Professional work experience in the administration, support, management, or risk assessment of security services is recommended. Applicants are expected to have basic security knowledge (identification, authentication, access control; encryption and integrity protection), knowledge of Internet services (TCP/IP protocol stack), and basic knowledge of unix-based operating systems.

Course Credit

The Applications in Cybersecurity Program is catalogued as a non-credit course of DePaul University. A certificate of completion from DePaul University is awarded to those who successfully complete the program's requirements. Program requirements include home work assignments, class discussion, projects and labs. No midterm or final exams are conducted.

  • Course #: IPD 234

The Applications in Cybersecurity Program is a graded course. A final grade letter as well as DePaul transcript (upon request) will be available upon program completion.

Application & Registration Procedure

All interested parties should apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's online application; or, to apply via fax, mail, or in person, print out and complete the Application Form. Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with registration information and instructions.

Registration is restricted to admitted students. IPD staff will register students upon receipt of payment and registration form. Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system.