Short Courses

CENTR Short Courses

Short Courses

The CENTR’s noncredit short courses provide working cybersecurity professionals the opportunity to broaden their skills on an accelerated basis. Taught by Purdue’s highly ranked cybersecurity faculty, these courses are three weeks long and cover essential topics in the industry today and include the topics that cybersecurity professionals and industry partners are requesting.

Learners will meet throughout the week for live virtual sessions. Once the course is successfully completed, learners will receive a certificate of completion and receive continuing education units (CEUs), or continuing professional education (CPE) credits.

The CENTR will be continually adding short courses based on industry trends, as well as what our learners are requesting, to help provide cybersecurity professionals a competitive advantage. 

Social Engineering

One of the biggest threats to cybersecurity is social engineering.

Social Engineering represents a growth area in cybersecurity. It is a low cost, high impact way to compromise security. Over 90% of cybersecurity breaches contain some element of social engineering. This area has been identified by employers as a highly desired skill set for their employees. An understanding of social engineering is important for management and operational roles as well as information technology roles.

Social engineering is the use of various techniques, including deception and manipulation, to gain access or information by inducing individuals to compromise security. This course will introduce learners to the psychological principles that underlie social engineering, some of the tools commonly used in social engineering attacks, and how to prevent and mitigate social engineering attacks.

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the psychology behind social engineering
  • Use open-source intelligence techniques to gather information
  • Understand the principles necessary for pretexting and impersonation
  • Plan a social engineering attack
  • Recommend steps to prevent social engineering attacks


Start Date: February 1, 2021
Schedule: M - F 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (EST)
Length: 3 weeks
Cost: $600


Ida Ngambeki
Dr. Ida Ngambeki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer and Information Technology at Purdue University. She is the Director of the CyberSecure Behavior Lab, CERIAS Fellow. Dr. Ngambeki’s key areas of research interest include: Cybersecure behavior, social engineering, cybersecurity Education, cybersecurity Policy, and cybersecurity workforce development.

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Digital Forensics

As more criminal behavior is directed online, it is vital that cyber security professionals understand how to investigate a cyber incident in a manner that adheres to the proper rules of evidence and legal admissibility standards.

The identification, collection, and preservation of digital data and evidence are essential to the mitigation and prosecution of cybercrimes. This course will introduce learners to the fundamentals of digital forensics and cybercrime scene analysis, including relevant laws and regulations, international standards for forensic analysis, and methods for conducting forensic investigations.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of digital forensics and cybercrime scene analysis
  • Discuss the relevant laws and regulations
  • Apply methods for conducting forensic investigations
  • Evaluate the digital evidence process model and digital evidence life cycle

Start Date: April 19, 2021
Schedule: M - F 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (EST)
Length: 3 weeks
Cost: $600


Marcus Rogers
Dr. Marcus K. Rogers, CISSP, DFCP-F, FAAFS, Fellow of CERIAS, Professor and Executive Director of Cybersecurity Programs in the Dept. of Computer & Information Technology, Purdue University. He is the Chief Scientist at the Purdue Tippecanoe High Tech Crime Unit (HTCU), and the Editor-in-Chief Journal of Digital Forensics Security & Law (JDFSL). Dr. Rogers also sits on the Board of Directors American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Dr. Rogers is a former computer crime detective from Canada. Dr. Rogers' research and publications focuses on cyber crime, cyber criminal behavioral profiling and cybersecurity education.

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Upcoming Short Courses

Cyber Crime, July 2021
Cloud Security, August 2021
Information Security Ethics, October 2021
Incident Response, November 2021

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