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Can I get Financial Aid at Hallmark University?

Yes. Hallmark University is approved for federal financial aid, scholarships, and U.S. veterans benefits.

Are you accredited?

Yes, Hallmark is accredited through the ACCSC(Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

How long are your class semesters/terms?

Our terms are 8 weeks long. This allows us to have 6 terms a year so there is no need to wait to apply.

Is Hallmark a 2 year or 4 year University?

We offer associate, bachelor, and master level degrees. We are not a trade school and we offer degrees which are found at both 2 year and 4 year colleges/universities. The biggest difference is that our degrees can be completed in nearly half the time of traditional universities.

An I.T. DegreeWith A Focus On Cyber

Develop the skills and knowledge required to design, administer, and support Information Technology for an organization, with a specific focus on cybersecurity. Graduates will be prepared for the ongoing innovation in technology and learn how to contribute to innovation while managing the risks involved.

A Concentration In Cybersecurity

Students earning their B.S. in Information Systems will complete the core curriculum for their Information Systems degree, with special attention given in their upper-level courses to cybersecurity-related topics. This lays the foundation for a multi-faceted professional.

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Academy PartnershipsShape Our Curriculum

Each of our Information Technology programs is designed to leverage academic relationships from industry recognized vendors including; CompTIA, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and VMware.

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HIGH DEMAND IN A DIGITAL AGE
Woman on laptop in front of server roomWith job growth projected at 12% for information systems managers and 28% for information security analysts, the career outlook for someone who has earned their B.S. in Information systems with a concentration in cybersecurity is very bright.

– Bureau of Labor Statistics

JOB GROWTH
Cybersecurity positions are growing more than 50% faster than all occupations combined.

The outlook is promising for those entering the information systems job market as Computer and Information Systems Managers job growth is projected at 12% for 2016-2026, which is much greater than the 7% average of all occupations combined.

The outlook is promising for those entering the cybersecurity specialists job market, as cybersecurity job growth is projected at 28% for 2016-26, which is much greater than the 7% average of all occupations combined.

Data gathered from BLS.gov

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Salary Outlook
Salaries for Information Systems Managers are nearly 4x the average of all occupations combined.

The BLS reports that Information Systems Managers median annual wages are $139,220 which is drastically better than the total of all occupations at $37,690. The highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000 highlighting the promising future these managers have.

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Earn Valuable Industry Certifications

The B.S. in Information Systems with a concentration in Cybersecurity degree gives the students multiple opportunities to earn industry certifications in various cybersecurity fields.

Certifications covered by tuition:

  • A+
  • Security+

Select from one of the following:

    • 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices (Windows 10)
    • MCSA Windows Server 2016
      • 70-740: Installation, Storage, and
      Compute with Windows Server 2016
      • 70-741: Networking with Windows
      Server 2016
      • 70-742: Identity with Windows
      Server 2016

or

    • CCENT & CCNA: Routing and Switching

or

  • Certified Ethical Hacker

Additional certifications students can train for:

  • Network+
  • CAPM
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Changing Education by Making It Affordable

Our commitment to changing education does not end at innovative programs and student experience. We are committed to making education affordable by offering programs at a competitive tuition cost with a unique value proposition – spend less time in school, and more time making money.

Less Time, More Money

Our fast-paced model allows students to go through our bachelor level programs in just 28 months. This is more than two times faster than the national average for bachelor degree completions in 58+ months. Studies have shown that on average, every year spent at a university can cost over $68,000 in lost wages and tuition – that’s nearly $175,000 in savings at Hallmark University.

-The 4-Year Myth, completecollege.org

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Tuition Costs

Cost Per Credit HourTotal Credit HoursTechnology Fee Per Term
$495120$150

*Tuition does not include any additional fees

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial aid is available.

Hallmark University is approved for federal financial aid, scholarships, and U.S. veterans benefits.

Learn more about financial options at Hallmark University.

Information Systems Admissions Requirements

Hallmark University is a nationally accredited, co-educational facility with two campuses, both located in San Antonio, Texas. Both schools are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The Texas Veterans Commission approves Hallmark University to train veterans. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approves Hallmark University, College of Aeronautics. Hallmark University does not deny admission to or participation in programs and activities or discriminate against students enrolled at the university on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, disability (including students who have Hepatitis B in medical, nursing, and any health-related programs), national origin, or religion.
Hallmark uses college-level placement exams containing reading, writing, and algebra skills to schedule students in the appropriate courses. The assessment can be completed at the student’s pace. All exams are computer-based and will be scored upon completion.

General Requirements

B.S. in Information Systems applicants are required to submit one of the following for verification of high school or equivalency completion:

  • An official high school diploma
  • An official high school transcript indicating high school graduation
  • Official GED scores or certificate
  • A certificate of release or discharge from active military duty (DD Form 214) indicating high school graduation or equivalent
  • A certificate of Record of Military Processing, U.S. DD Form 1966/1 indicating high school graduation or equivalent
  • An official college transcript that indicates the applicant has graduated from high school

The applicant is notified of acceptance once he/she has and has been approved by the Acceptance Committee. Applicants denied entrance by the Acceptance Committee, will have all application fees paid refunded.

Admission of Non-traditional High School Students

A non-traditional high school student is a person enrolled in home school programs or a student from a high school that is non-accredited or not recognized by the Texas Education Agency. A applicant applying for admission based on the completion of an independent study equivalent to the high school level in a non-traditional setting (rather than through a public high school, accredited private high school or state equivalency exam) will be considered for individual approval for admission provided is he/she complies with Hallmark University’s entrance testing requirements and presents an official transcript for home school education that states the student’s name, date of graduation, and is signed by the person who is responsible for the home schooling.

  • Associate and Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

    In addition to the general admission requirements (see General Requirements), in order to be considered for admission into the Bachelor of Science and/or Associate of Science programs, an applicant must meet one of following requirements:

    • Completed the Hallmark University Prep Program.
    • Graduated from high school within the top 25 percentile of their graduating class.
    • Taken the ACT or SAT within 12 years of submitting their admission application and met one of the minimum standards listed below:
    High School RankACTOld SAT*New SAT*
    Top 25%No MinimumNo MinimumNo Minimum
    Second 25%17 or above800 or above880 or above
    Third 25%19 or above900 or above980 or above
    Forth 25%21 or above1000 or above1080 or above
    Home school or GED StudentsThere is no minimum SAT/ACT score, but scores must be submitted from the testing agency.
    • Taken and passed at least one area and no less than 20% from passing in any area not passed on any of the following exams: THEA, ASSET, Compass, Accuplacer or TASP. Test scores must be submitted for review by the Academic Review Committee to determine college readiness in Texas and/or placement in the Hallmark University Readiness Program.
      Texas Ready Passing Scores:
    AssessmentMathReadingSentence Skills/WritingWriting Sample
    THEA2302302206
    ASSET3841406
    Compass3981596
    Accuplacer6378****6+
    TASP2302302205
    • Verification of completion of a minimum of 9 college credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on an official transcript from an accredited college or university and determined to be college ready in Texas.
    • Verification of completion of an Associate’s degree program on an official transcript from an accredited college or university.

    Applicants are required to submit a typed essay stating personal goals as a student in the program and as a future graduate. If the student feels it is necessary, they may explain any limitations to their acceptance such as low scores on tests or transcripts.

Program Outline

A first-year student will begin the program by developing their critical thinking ability, communication skills, and the foundation needed for future development of quantitative reasoning through Arts and Sciences coursework.

The upper-level curriculum is designed to produce well-rounded IT Professionals. The curriculum prepares the students for the ongoing innovation in technology and changes in technology and how to contribute to the innovation while managing the risks involved.

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Cybersecurity Concentration

The B.S.I.S. Cybersecurity Concentration degree prepares students to be leaders in the protection of data assets. The curriculum focuses on the techniques, policies, operation procedures, and technologies that secure and defend the availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation of information and information systems, in local as well as more broadly based domains.

Courses
  • Information Systems - Cybersecurity
    Academic Success
    Course #Course Title
    BCIS 1305

    Business Computer Applications

    This course is designed to aid students in the development of critical-thinking skills needed to diagnose, troubleshoot, and solve typical issues encountered by end users of workstations. These skills will prepare students to complete tasks associated with helpdesk and technical customer service. Also, this course will include an introduction to Microsoft Excel, a popular and complex business application.

    HSAS 1301

    Hallmark Strategies for Academic Success

    This course shall include topics in emotional intelligence, campus resources, leadership, stress management, teamwork, self-motivation, self- management, goal-setting, study skills, learning styles, and time management.

    General Education
    Course #Course Title
    ECON 2301

    Principles of Macroeconomics

    This course includes the study of how the economy behaves at the aggregate level and how national income is measured and determined. Topics include an overview of macroeconomics; measuring gross domestic product, inflation and unemployment; demand including the multiplier process; supply, business cycles, and long-term growth; money, banking and monetary policy; inflation; interest rates; stagflation; deficits and fiscal policy; exchange rates and balance of payments; exchange rate policy; purchasing power and interest rate parity.

    GOVT 2304

    Introduction to Political Science

    This course shall include an introductory survey of the discipline of political science. Topics include the Constitution, Federalism, Civil Liberties, politics and the media, Congress, and the Presidency. Students will develop vital collaborative and individual written communication skills through regular activities that involve group analysis, discussion, and synthesis of purpose.

    PSYC 2301

    General Psychology

    This course is designed to aid students in learning to identify and understand the different areas of the brain, the nervous system, learning theory, memory function, and personality development. Students will also learn about and discuss social psychology, stress, psychopathology and treatment methods.

    ENGL 1301

    Composition I

    The course shall include an introductory study of the writing process. Topics include research, drafting, revising, peer editing, and proper citation. There will be an emphasis on effective rhetorical choices, including audience, purpose, arrangement, and style. Additionally, this course will introduce effective and ethical rhetorical inquiry, including primary and secondary research methods; critical reading of verbal, visual, and multimedia texts; systematic evaluation, synthesis, and documentation of information sources; and critical thinking about evidence and conclusions.

    ENGL 1302

    Composition II

    This course shall include an exploration of business writing and practices. Topics include instructional business writing, informative business writing, persuasive business writing, and transactional business writing, with an emphasis on pathos, ethos, and logos persuasion techniques.
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1301

    PHIL 2321

    Contemporary Moral Issues

    This course provides an examination of major ethical and moral theories and how they afford a rational approach to specific moral issues and a rational basis for resolving moral conflicts. An emphasis on the application of philosophical theories to cases will be placed on medical, information technology, and business ethics.

    MATH 1314

    College Algebra

    This course shall include a study of linear and quadratics; algebraic operations and equations; polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions; conic sections; area and volume of geometric shapes; systems of equations; progressions; sequences and series; and matrices and determinants.

    MATH 1324

    Finite Mathematics

    This course is an introduction to discrete mathematics. Topics may include but are not limited to: functions, elementary matrix algebra, linear programming, probability and statistics, and mathematical modeling.
    Prerequisite: MATH 1314

    SPCH 1311

    Introduction to Speech Communication

    This course shall include theories and practices of communication including the verbal and nonverbal components of communication. Topics include listening and communication in interpersonal relationships. In this course, students will also learn the components of delivering a speech and how to construct and present informative and persuasive speeches.

    SPCH 1321

    Professional Communications

    This course aids students with the practice of speech communication in professional situations. Topics include applying for a career and negotiation of salary and benefits, as well as proper interviewing techniques and professional writing methods within a business environment.

    Core Courses
    Course #Course Title
    MGMT 2330

    Introduction to Project Management

    This course is intended to introduce broad concepts in project management as applied in modern information technology operations. The course will start with the definition of a project and the triple constraints of scope, schedule, and cost concerning the quality of outcomes. Students will also learn how to plan, scope, schedule, cost, and manage a project from beginning to end.

    MGMT 3317

    Management Information Systems

    The course examines the use of technology in organizational settings by providing a basic understanding of information systems and the management decision making involved. Topics include use and control of information; acquiring and maintaining a competitive edge and how technology impacts individuals, organizations, and society. Students will also register and join the SAP Community Network (SCN), navigate the various SAP applications used in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

    MGMT 3330

    Project Management

    The purpose of this course is to examine project management situations and functions, the project life cycle, and numerous methods of job preparation, planning, and assessment to accomplish project goals. This course leads to a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification. This is a nationally and internationally recognized certification in project management offered by the Project Management Institute.

    ITCC 1311

    CCENT: Introduction to Networks

    This course is part one in a series of four courses in the Cisco Networking Academy program CCNA Track. In this hands-on course, students will learn the basics of networking including architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. Students will examine human versus network communication and note the parallels between them; survey the two major models used to plan and implement networks: OSI and TCP/IP, and learn the “layered” approach to networks. Other topics will include the OSI and TCP/IP layers, an overview of the various network devices and network addressing schemes, and the types of media used to carry data across the network.

    ITCC 1314

    CCENT: Routing and Switching Essentials

    This course is part two in a series of four courses in the Cisco Networking Academy program CCNA Track. This hands-on course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network. Students learn how to configure a router and a switch for basic functionality. Students will also learn to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with virtual LANs and inter-VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. This course will also cover the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in a small network.
    Prerequisite: ITCC 1311

    ITCC 2318

    CCNA: Scaling Networks

    This course describes the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks. Students learn how to configure routers and switches for advanced functionality. By the end of this course, students will be able to configure and troubleshoot routers and switches and resolve common issues with OSPF, EIGRP, and STP in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement a WLAN in a small-to-medium network.
    Prerequisite: ITCC 1311 and ITCC 1314

    ITCC 2320

    CCNA: Connecting Networks

    This course is part four of the four-part series of courses in the Cisco Networking Academy program CCNA Track. In this hands-on course discusses the WAN technologies and network services required by converged applications in a complex network. The course enables students to understand the selection criteria of network devices and WAN technologies to meet network requirements. Students learn how to configure and troubleshoot network devices and resolve common issues with data link protocols. Students will also develop the knowledge and skills needed to implement virtual private network (VPN) operations in a complex network.
    Prerequisite: ITCC 1311, ITCC 1314, and ITCC 2318

    CIST 1310

    Introduction to Computer Programming

    This course is part of a series of Core IT courses essential to every degree path at Hallmark. In Introduction to Programming, students will study the three major types of programming languages: assembled, compiled, and interpreted. Most of the focus of the course, however, and all of the hands-on exercises, are aimed at developing, debugging, and successfully testing partial and complete programs in Python. Other topics include the history of various programming languages including Python, programming techniques used by industry today. Students will have to solve a problem by writing, debugging and finally completing a fully functional program written in Python.

    CPMT 1351

    IT Essentials: PC Hardware & Software

    This course is part of a series of Core IT courses essential to every degree path at Hallmark. This hands-on course is designed to introduce students to the hardware and software components of the modern personal computer workstation. Lectures, lab projects, and assignments reinforce skills as they are learned. Specific topic coverage includes: introduction to the personal computer, safe lab procedures and tool use, step-by-step computer assembly, basics of preventative maintenance and troubleshooting, fundamental operating systems, fundamental laptops and portable devices, fundamental printers and scanners, fundamental networks, fundamental security, communication skills, advanced personal computers, advanced operating systems, advanced laptops and portable devices, advanced printers and scanners, advanced networks and advanced security.

    CPMT 1352

    Networking Essentials

    This course is part of a series of Core IT courses essential to every degree path at Hallmark. In this course, students are introduced to basic networking concepts, terminology and essential tasks involved in network support and administration. Other topics include a detailed nomenclature of terms and concepts used in networking systems, an introduction to the OSI model, basic subnetting, and other related topics. Students who complete this course will be prepared to successfully take and pass the CompTIA Network+ certification test.
    Prerequisite: CPMT 1347 and CPMT 1348, or CPMT 1351

    BCIS 3306

    Introduction to Network Management and Convergence

    The course examines management strategies and implications for current and emerging technologies and their application in real-world business settings. Students in this course are presented with concepts in the management of IT Convergent Networks delivering Voice & Data, Data & Video Imaging, Voice over Data Internet Protocols, IP Telephony Architecture, Topologies, and Security and their potential application to an existing or emerging business environment.

    BCIS 3350

    Business System Analysis & Design

    This course focuses on the study of enterprise and application systems analysis in organizations. Students will learn the skills, processes, technologies, applications, and practices used to define markets and support decision making. Students will use industry cases to design prototypes and methodical procedures to be used as delivery mechanisms intended for understanding a firm’s internal strengths and weaknesses. Emphasis on the design phase of systems analysis projects will be included.

    BCIS 4365

    Database Management

    This course concentrates on the process of database design. Students will understand how to plan, analyze, implement, and maintain Database Management Systems (DBMS). Students will use relational DBMS software to store, access and manage data and learn how to utilize the information to facilitate decision-making. Students learn how to incorporate business management and network management principals to support organizational goals. Problem resolution in an enterprise environment is emphasized.

    ITMT 1382

    Microsoft Systems: Client Operating Systems

    Microsoft Windows 10 Certification 70-697: Configuring Windows Devices. Students master configuration or support for Windows 10 computers, devices, users and associated network and security resources. Those in this IT Professional career field are prepared to work with networks configured as a domain-based or peer-to-peer environment with access to the Internet and cloud services. Also, these IT Professionals will have mastered the skills required to be a consultant, full-time desktop support technician, or IT generalist who administers Windows 10-based computers and devices as a portion of their broader technical responsibilities. Additional skills addressed in this course are the following: install and upgrade to Windows 10, configure hardware and applications, configure network connectivity, configure access to resources, configure remote access and mobility, monitor and maintain Windows clients, and configure backup and recovery options.

    ITNW 1313

    Computer Virtualization

    Implement and support virtualization of clients of servers in a networked computing environment. This course explores installation, configuration, and management of computer virtualization workstation and servers. This course will prepare you for the VMware Certified Professional Certification Exam.

    ITNW 1393

    Introduction to the Linux Operating System

    This course is part of a series of Core IT courses essential to every degree path at Hallmark. In this course, students will learn how to use the Command Line Interface (CLI) using the Linux operating system. Students will learn the various kinds of Linux distros, how to download, install, and access the Linux command line interface, and various other system administration tasks. Students will take weekly exams to reinforce their mixed media learning experiences. They will also take an experience-based final examination that emphasizes skills demonstration rather than concept memorization.
    Prerequisite: CPMT 1351

    ITSY 1300

    Fundamentals of Information Security

    This course is an introduction to information security including vocabulary and terminology, ethics, the legal environment, and risk management. Other topics include identification of exposures and vulnerabilities and appropriate countermeasures, as well as the importance of appropriate planning, policies, and controls. This course will prepare students to successfully take and pass CompTIA’s Security+ Certification Exam.
    Prerequisite: CPMT 1352

    ITMT 2314

    Microsoft Systems: Installation, Storage, and Compute

    Microsoft Certification 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016. This course is one in a series of three courses designed to prepare you for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 2016 certification. This course provides in-depth coverage of the 70-740 certification exam objectives and focuses on the skills you need to install and configure Windows Server 2016. This course will offer an in-depth knowledge of Windows Server 2016, including installation, local and remote management, file and storage services, Hyper-V virtualization, and high availability. You’ll also get hands-on experience working with Microsoft’s newest server features including Storage Spaces Direct, PowerShell Direct, Nano Server, and Windows containers. Throughout the course, live virtual machine labs based on the Hands-On Projects within the readings let you experience firsthand the processes involved in Windows Server 2016 configuration and management.

    ITMT 2316

    Microsoft Systems: Networking

    Microsoft Certification 70-741: Networking with Windows Server 2016. This course is one in a series of three courses designed to prepare you for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 2016 certification. This course provides in-depth coverage of the 70-741 certification exam objectives and focuses on the skills you need to administer networking features and functionalities available in Windows Server 2016. This course provides familiarity with implementing and managing DNS, DHCP, and IPAM, as well as deploying remote access solutions such as VPN and RADIUS. Students will also gain experience managing DFS and branch cache solutions, configuring high-performance network features and functionality, and implementing Software Defined Networking (SDN) solutions such as Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) and Network Controller.

    ITMT 2318

    Microsoft Systems: Identity

    Microsoft Certification 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016. This course is one in a series of three courses designed to prepare you for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows 2016 certification. This course provides in-depth coverage of the 70-742 certification exam objectives and focuses on the skills you need to manage identities using the functionalities in Windows Server 2016. This course will provide in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in installing, configuring, managing, and maintaining Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) as well as implementing Group Policy Objects (GPOs). Students will also become familiar implementing and managing Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), Active Directory Federations Services (AD FS), Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS), and Web Application Proxy.

    ITMT 2370

    Windows PowerShell Scripting

    This course provides a foundational knowledge of Windows PowerShell scripting environment. Windows PowerShell is the de facto management standard for Windows administrators. As part of the Microsoft Engineering Common Criteria, Windows PowerShell management hooks are built into all server-based products, including Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, System Center, and SharePoint. Knowledge of, and even expertise in, this technology is no longer “nice to know”—it is essential, and it often appears as a required skill set in open job notices.
    Prerequisite: CIST 1310

    CYSEC 4302

    Cryptography and Computer Security

    This course will review security mechanisms for protecting information in computer systems and networks. Includes cryptography and its applications to security services in distributed systems, the mathematics of cryptography, access control, protection models, security policies, and design of secure systems, firewalls, and intrusion detection.

    CYSEC 4303

    Hacking and Countermeasures

    This course is designed to immerse the student into an interactive environment where they will be shown how to scan, test, hack and secure information systems. The student will gain in-depth knowledge and practical experience with essential security systems, and become prepared to succeed on the Certified Ethical Hacker certification from EC-Council. This course covers a plethora of offensive security topics ranging from how perimeter defenses work, to scanning and attacking simulated networks. A wide variety of tools, viruses, and malware is presented in the course providing a complete understanding of the tactics and tools used by hackers. By gaining a thorough understanding of how hackers operate, the student will learn how to set up strong countermeasures and defensive systems to protect an organization’s critical infrastructure and information.

    Cybersecurity
    Course #Course Title
    CYSEC 4321

    Security and Risk Management

    The Security and Risk Management domain entails the identification of an organization’s information assets and the development of documentation implementation and update of policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines that ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Management tools such as data classification, risk assessments, and risk analysis are used to identify threats, classify assets, and to rate their vulnerabilities so that effective security measures and controls can be implemented.
    Prerequisite: ITSY 1300

    CYSEC 4322

    Asset Security

    This course covers asset security best practices including classification techniques and asset security ownership. A student will explore privacy protection considerations, including data remanence and collection limitations. Students will learn about best practices for media, hardware, and personnel retention, and techniques for determining the most appropriate data security controls like scoping, tailoring and cryptography. A student will gain a deep understanding of information classification categories, how they apply to various information types, what is required to ensure that the data is protected while at rest, in use and in motion. The student will understand how data classification assists with the identification of critical assets and how to determine the appropriate level of security controls necessary to protect that data. This Asset Security Course provides the student with the framework and policies, concepts, principles, structures, and standards used to establish criteria for the protection of information assets and to assess the effectiveness of that protection. It includes issues of data ownership, retention and destruction, and privacy issues. It also emphasizes the power of administrative, technical and physical controls required for the effective protection of the confidentiality, integrity, and the availability of information assets.

    CYSEC 4323

    Security Engineering

    This course is one of three tactical-level cybersecurity courses. In Security Engineering, students will learn how to design the implementation and monitoring of information technology assets. Other topics include those controls used to enforce various levels of confidentiality, integrity, and availability.
    Prerequisite: CYSEC 4321

    CYSEC 4324

    Communication and Network Security

    Communications & Network Security pertains to the security management and risk assessment of a network, computer system, and overall environment. To thwart attacks and keep information secure, it is essential for security professionals to fully understand all aspects of secure communication protocols, authentication protocols, and the steps necessary to identify system vulnerabilities and how to develop and implement mitigation strategies to secure the network devices. One of the primary activities within communication & network security is detecting and responding to security-related incidents. In this course, you’ll learn about network device discovery, port scanning, fingerprinting, web application scanning, wireless scanning, and the utilization of network monitoring tools. This course also covers how to use vulnerability scanning tools to detect potential vulnerabilities and tools and tactics used to mitigate the attack surfaces within the network.
    Prerequisite: CYSEC 4321

    ITNW 2394

    Advanced Linux for Security Professionals

    This course prepares students to become advanced penetration testers and security auditors using an optimized Linux distribution built for security researchers. Students will use a variety of tools designed for a wide array of information security tasks including information gathering, vulnerability analysis, password attacks, stress and penetration testing, digital forensics and malware analysis. The course is intended to train future security professionals and IT administrators by using an all-in-one solution to test the security of networks and systems. The course also teaches risk mitigation strategies, penetration testing standards, and Linux configuration details.
    Prerequisite: ITNW 1393

Can I get Financial Aid at Hallmark University?

Yes. Hallmark University is approved for federal financial aid, scholarships, and U.S. veterans benefits.

Are you accredited?

Yes, Hallmark is accredited through the ACCSC(Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

How long are your class semesters/terms?

Our terms are 8 weeks long. This allows us to have 6 terms a year so there is no need to wait to apply.

Is Hallmark a 2 year or 4 year University?

We offer associate, bachelor, and master level degrees. We are not a trade school and we offer degrees which are found at both 2 year and 4 year colleges/universities. The biggest difference is that our degrees can be completed in nearly half the time of traditional universities.