Advanced Cybersecurity (Certificate Program)

The Advanced Cybersecurity program is designed to help you become a cybersecurity professional by focusing on areas associated with the CISSP certification, including risk management and mitigation, access control and authorization methods, disaster recovery practices and standards, social engineering, cryptography, and legal implications.

What will I learn?

You’ll go beyond Network+ and Security+ into areas associated with the CISSP certification, such as risk management and mitigation, access control and authorization methods, disaster recovery practices and standards, social engineering, cryptography and legal implications. And you’ll get hands-on exposure to security scenarios through standard tools and virtual labs.

What careers can I pursue with this advanced cyber security certificate online?

By completing this program, you should be able to advance your career in the cybersecurity industry. Or you could transfer your certificate credit into an online degree program with Grantham.

How long is this online cyber security certificate program?

At 21 credit hours, this online cyber security certificate program is designed to be completed in 8 months. It could take less time depending on how much transfer credit you receive and how many classes you take each term.

How much will the online cyber security certificate program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $265 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Scholarships are also available for those who qualify.

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

Advanced Cybersecurity (Certificate Program)

Advanced Cybersecurity Certificate Outcomes

After successfully completing this cyber security certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Assess and analyze threats to information systems
  • Evaluate the standards, processes, methods and tools used to mitigate risk
  • Analyze key attributes to various access control methods and authorization techniques
  • Compare and contrast various ciphers and encryption standards
  • Identify elements and processes for developing, testing and implementing business continuity plans
  • Examine methods for reducing security risks arising from the human element and organizational culture and structure
  • Identify legal and ethical issues surrounding global information systems security
University Professional Outcomes

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these five critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – competence in effective written and oral communication
  • Critical Thinking – ability to analyze problems, reflectively process information and formulate solutions
  • Respect for Diversity – awareness of and appreciation for varieties of human experiences and social structures
  • Professional, Ethical and Social Responsibilities – responsibility to the greater societal good and an applied ethical framework in decision making
  • Lifelong Learning – definition for and acquisition of a continuing pursuit of educational needs throughout their professional lives

Advanced Cybersecurity (Certificate Program)

This 100% online program is filled with the cyber security information you need to help you prepare for your next career.

Program Core Credits: 21
Total Credit Hours: 21
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 21
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU101 Title: Student Success Credits: 3
  This course provides students with the foundation of knowledge and skills needed for today's online college environment. Students will explore their own preparedness for online learning through examination and analysis of their own skills, traits, and behaviors. In addition, students will acclimate to the online college environment through specifically-designed activities which provide opportunities to acquire necessary skills, behaviors, and understandings which are essential for academic success.
Course: IS355 Title: Risk Management Credits: 3
  Students explore the application of risk management in business related information security situations. Topics include discussion of legal, ethical and professional issues in information security, analysis of firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and intrusion detection systems, and application of security plans and access control in order to secure information.
Course: IS360 Title: Disaster Recovery Credits: 3
  This course provides a comprehensive overview of disaster recovery and countermeasures for networks and businesses. Assess risks in the enterprise, determine critical business components, develop an enterprise disaster recovery system, and develop disaster policies, procedures, departmental roles and communication processes for enterprise network. It will provide a foundation in disaster recovery principles, including preparation of a disaster recovery plan, assessment of risks in the enterprise, development of policies, and procedures, and understanding of the roles and relationships of various members of an organization, implementation of the plan, and recovering from a disaster. Learn how to create a secure network by putting policies and procedures in place, and how to restore a network in the event of a disaster. Produce a disaster recovery document of procedures and policies to implement training, testing and rehearsal of a disaster recovery.
Course: IS431 Title: Access Control Systems Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the techniques to identify an authorized user, determining what the user is allowed to do, and auditing to determine what the user did. While simplistic at a high level, virtually every exploit targets one or more of those techniques. We will discuss common exploits and abuses during the course and the tools the InfoSEC professional has to safeguard against them. We will look at a large number of very practical tasks that security professionals will do on the job.
Course: IS440 Title: Human Decision and Security Engineering Credits: 3
  Providing an exploration of the human aspects of Cybersecurity, this course will educate students on human motivation and interaction, how security controls may be bypassed by a person's intentional or unintentional acts, and methods for reducing the cyber risks associated with people. Topics include human behavior and interaction, motivation and influence, and social engineering. Emphasis is on the human element of cyber incidents in relation to protecting information and technology assets.
Course: IS450 Title: Security Trends and Legal Issues Credits: 3
  This course examines the legal environment pertinent to security professionals. Topics include the role of government, relevant civil and criminal law, constitutional rights and privacy issues, intellectual property, and compliance. In addition, current trends in cybersecurity are explored.
Course: IS461 Title: Cryptography Credits: 3
  This course explores the ways in which cryptography can be used to protect communications traffic and sensitive data. Course topics include symmetric vs. asymmetric (public-key) ciphers; hash algorithms; message authentication codes; mathematical underpinnings of cryptography; cryptanalysis; public-key infrastructure; and implementation tradeoffs. Students gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art technologies through completion of weekly lab exercises. The primary focus of the course is on building critical thinking and problem-solving skills.