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Quantum Computing for Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

Quantum Computing for Cybersecurity

The scope of cybersecurity continues to evolve with the advancement of quantum computing applications and capabilities. Dakota State University's Graduate Certificate in Quantum Computing for Cybersecurity equips students to be at the forefront of security efforts with emerging technologies, including offensive and defensive strategies. As the quantum computing industry is expected to generate over $4 billion in revenue by 2028, this cutting-edge certificate prepares students to work at the intersection of quantum computing and cybersecurity.

Whether you’re a working STEM professional or a recent graduate, develop your knowledge of quantum computing and its influence on cybersecurity, post-quantum encryption, and quantum cryptography. Once you’ve completed the 12-credit certificate, you’ll be prepared to analyze and create cryptographic solutions that are resilient against quantum attacks.

Quick facts

Credits: 12 | Delivery: online, on-campus, hybrid | Start terms: Fall, Spring, Summer

Secure career opportunities

The quantum computing industry will continue to advance at rapid speed, but DSU is dedicated to preparing you with the most current knowledge to work with advanced technologies.

Developing your expertise in cybersecurity and quantum computing will expand your career opportunities in areas from direct application to consulting, research, and teaching.

  • Help advance the field by safeguarding infrastructures within any industry.
  • Develop and improve quantum cryptographic protocols, such as Quantum Key Distribution (QKD).
  • Research algorithms that are resistant to quantum attacks to develop new encryption standards in post-quantum cryptography.

“The center is a venture into the future, pushing the boundaries of what’s known and exploring the uncharted territory of the quantum world. ”

President José-Marie Griffiths, PhD, on the creation of the Center for Quantum information Science & Technology.

Learning outcomes & courses

Students will demonstrate essential knowledge of quantum computing, its influence on cybersecurity, and post-quantum cryptography to:

  • Develop a foundational knowledge of quantum computing, including its principles, algorithms, and applications to analyze and evaluate the potential impact of quantum computing on cybersecurity, including offensive and defensive strategies.
  • Develop the skills necessary to design and analyze cryptographic solutions resilient to quantum attacks.
  • Gain a deep understanding of quantum cryptography by exploring its principles and applications for secure communication in the quantum era. This foundational knowledge can develop into expertise with the post-quantum cryptography necessary to explore the advanced cryptographic techniques designed to withstand quantum attacks.
  • Understand and adhere to ethical considerations of quantum computing to cybersecurity.

Required courses (12 credits)

  • CSC 763 - Quantum Computing Fundamentals
  • CSC 766 - Quantum Programming
  • CSC 767 - Quantum-Resilient Cryptography
  • CSC 784 - Quantum Computing for Cybersecurity Applications

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