Threats against critical infrastructure sectors has been on the rise. Recent examples include the disruption of electric service across the Ukraine in 2015, a U.S. gas pipeline targeted with Ransomware in 2020, 911 emergency services in several cities disrupted, and an attack on the control safety systems of a Saudi chemical plant in 2017.  These attacks emphasize the need for security professionals to have a better understanding of the vulnerabilities in the operational technologies that make up these systems. EMCC has developed a unique cybersecurity specialization track, Critical Infrastructure Protection, to address this knowledge gap.


Students take Critical Infrastructure specialization track courses to provide the skills and knowledge needed to use technology to protect our vital infrastructure.

CIS143 Introduction to Critical Infrastructure Protection - History and overview of critical infrastructure protection and its ties within the Department of Homeland Security prior to and after September 11, 2001. Focuses on risk management associated with sectors specific industries and provides an overview of the public and private partnerships, along with laws and standards developed to protect critical infrastructures.

CIS201 Introduction to Operational Technology – Identifies the differences between Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT). Focuses on the components and their uses within an OT system. Addresses the inherent risks, physical and cyber, related to the security and resilience of an OT system when it is interconnected connected to an IT system.

CIS202 Introduction to Smart Grid Security – Focuses on the differences between control systems, that are used to control physical and computer information systems, in the Power and Utility industry. The Power Systems industry, their system elements, functions and security risks are covered.

CNT150AB Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials - Focuses on configuring switches and routers for use in small and medium size networks. Including Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), VLAN trunking, Inter-VLAN routing, Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), EtherChannel, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), First Hop Redundancy, Local area Network (LAN) and Switch security, and Static routing.

CIS203 Principles of the Risk Management Framework - History and overview of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) and its effect on cybersecurity management and oversight. Focuses of the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) and its use in the process of authorizing information systems to operate under the FISMA guidelines.