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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity

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Turn Your Interest in IT into Your Dream Career with our accredited Cybersecurity Certificate Programs

Information technology (IT) and cybersecurity professionals help protect data and network security in a variety of settings and industries. Some specific job responsibilities might include the following:

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Protect data and information from cyber threats.

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Differentiate between various security models.

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Evaluate network vulnerabilities.

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Understand ethical and legal issues around information security.

Please note: Students should have a firm grasp of basic computer skills and information security prior to enrolling in this program. This includes the ability to understand the controls and concepts needed to safeguard organizational data. Please speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. 

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What will I learn with a Cybersecurity Certificate online?

If you already have experience in IT and you want to make it a career, the Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity gives you the nationally-recognized credentials employers are seeking. As a student in the program, you will develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to secure organizational data. As an information security expert, you will become an invaluable part of an information technology-dependent enterprise.

Advance your understanding of cyber threats, information assurance, and digital crime investigation as part of your career in IT. Use your certificate to get promoted or join the industry with career-based skills that you can prove. Either way, these stackable credentials assert your position as an accredited IT professional.

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Courses in this Certificate

This 18 credit-hour, stand-alone program consists of six, three credit courses:

  • ITS315 Introduction to Networks
    This course provides an overview of computer networks including operating systems, networks, the internet and information system design, and the roles and responsibilities of technology professionals. Students are prepared for CompTIA Network+ and Testout Network Pro certification exams. Students also learn about wireless network and network security, and develop the ability to diagnose and troubleshoot common networking problem and issues.
  • ITS350 Information Systems and Security
    Education in the need for security, planning, cryptology, and security technologies. Prepares students for CompTIA Security+ certification exam.
  • ITS360 Introduction to Cybersecurity and Digital Crime
    This course provides students with an introduction to cybersecurity and digital crime to information technology professional interesting in information security. Students will learn about information security threats, dangers, and risks that organizations face in the workplace as well as the ability to analyze potential vulnerabilities that can have an adverse impact on digital assets. Recommended Prior Course: ITS310 or ITS315
  • ITS415 Principles of Cybersecurity
    This course provides an overview of cybersecurity threats, compromises and the related protection mechanisms. Topics include security of communications, networks and infrastructures. The course also discusses best practices in security policy formulation, cyber forensics and prevention of cybercrimes. Overall, the course introduces the latest developments in the field. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an "EX" suffix.)
  • ITS425 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
    This course provides students with the experience needed to secure information systems against attacks such as viruses, worms, as well as other system weaknesses that pose a significant danger to organizational data by using ethical hacking and penetration testing to uncover common techniques used by cyber criminals to exploit system vulnerabilities.
  • ITS455 Digital Forensics and Investigations
    This course provides students with an insight to cyber security professional intrusion detection methods, information security tools, and preventative measures to information security risks. Students will learn how to respond to cyber breaches which includes the recovery, preservation, analysis of digital crime scene evidence, and proper incident response to cyber criminals. (This course is also offered through CBE. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an "EX" suffix.)


Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your certificate comes from a top quality, trusted university.

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In The Best Colleges’ Best Online Bachelor’s in Cyber Crime, CSU Global’s Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity was ranked #20 out of 25.

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Best Value Schools ranks CSU Global third in their Best Colleges in Colorado lineup.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks CSU Global #9 in their list of the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

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Guide to Online Schools identifies CSU Global as one of the top military-friendly online institutions.

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Why You Should Earn Your Online Undergraduate Certificate

In today’s evolving and unpredictable economy, stackable credentials are an important tool you can utilize immediately, while also building credits toward a full degree. With an undergraduate certificate from CSU Global, you prove proficiency in a specific subject with your stand-alone, transcribable, nationally recognized credentials. Get promoted, switch industries, or work toward a full degree. And with our Tuition Guarantee, your affordable tuition rate won’t increase over time. Now is the time to get the career respect you deserve by increasing your market competitiveness.

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What can I do with a cybersecurity certificate?

As a student in the Undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity program, you will gain a wealth of real-life skills to use in your IT career. Specific learning outcomes include…

  • Differentiate between various types of systems security threats that can lead to the loss of a major system security goal.
  • Demonstrate comparative understanding of the benefits gained from applying various security measures to enterprise infrastructure.
  • Evaluate the impact of hacker and computer espionage activities on the overall security of an organization.
  • Utilize methods and tools to maintain access to systems during penetration testing.
  • Identify common IT network attacks and explain how attacker motivations have evolved over time.

Finish Faster and For Less with Alternative Credit Options

Credit by Exam

You can get credit by taking exams for what you have already learned.

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Self-Study Assessments (SSA)

CSU Global will help you prepare to earn course credits for taking a proctored exam for specific content areas.

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CSU Global Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Earn credit for what you have already learned in your career or other educational experience.

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