Cybersecurity Concepts (Certificate Program)

More than 1.9 million records are lost or stolen every single day1. With every hack, breach and cyberattack, the need for educated and qualified online security experts becomes more pressing. Make your start in this rapid-growth industry with a certificate in Cybersecurity Concepts from 100% online Grantham University.

What will I learn in this online cyber security training program?

What is cyber security? It’s what protects the heart of our information-age civilization. Learn the principles, practices, policies and standards for securing information. Use hands-on simulations and virtual labs to learn how to configure and secure computer networks. Take practice exams to prepare for CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certification exams.

What careers can I pursue with this online cybersecurity concepts certificate?

By completing this program, you should be able to pursue entry-level positions in cybersecurity. Or you could apply this credit directly into one of Grantham’s associate or bachelor’s degree programs.

How long is this cybersecurity concepts online program?

At 18 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 cybersecurity concepts online 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 Grantham at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our Cybersecurity Concepts Certificate program, and other such accredited degree programs, as well as financial assistance opportunities, and more information about the enrollment process.

Cybersecurity Concepts (Certificate Program)

Cybersecurity Concepts Outcomes

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

  • Identify the layers of the OSI model
  • Explain common networking protocols
  • Set up and troubleshoot various network topologies
  • Categorize threats and vulnerabilities to a network or information system
  • Explain and apply different strategies for securing networks or information systems
  • Determine the components and strategies for the implementation of an information systems security plan
  • Identify relevant laws and standards applicable to information systems security and computer crime
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

Cybersecurity Concepts (Certificate Program)

Grantham University's 100% online program has the cyber security information you need to help you prepare for a successful career.

Program Core Credits: 18
Total Credit Hours: 18
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 18
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: IS216 Title: Computer Networks Credits: 3
  Students are provided an introduction to networking technologies including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), protocols, topologies, transmission media, and security. In addition to introducing a variety of fundamental concepts, the course encompasses in-depth aspects of networking including the Internet protocol suite (TCP-IP).
Course: IS316 Title: TCP/IP Credits: 3
  This course provides a comprehensive, hands-on look at TCP/IP. Coverage includes the latest TCP/IP stack implementations in Windows XP/2003 and 2000, as well as SMTP and IPv6. Practical skills are learned with extensive hands-on projects, in-depth case projects, and review questions.
Course: IS211 Title: Introduction to Information Systems Security Credits: 3
  Students explore principles, policies and technologies for securing computer and information systems. Topics include a survey of computer system vulnerabilities, cryptographic techniques, access control policies and mechanisms and the implications of security technology in the realm of risk management. Designing and implementing computer security policies and standards, formulating contingency plans and analyzing system security architectures as well as compliance and ethics are also examined. Students gain hands-on experience using various systems tools to reinforce concepts and theories.
Course: IS311 Title: Security Operations Credits: 3
  Students identify the principles and practices of secure operation and management of information systems. Topics include identification of information assets, documentation of policies, standards, procedures and guidelines that ensure confidentiality and availability. Principles and practices of analysis and monitoring of systems security are also addressed.
Course: IS411 Title: Network Security Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to techniques, methodologies and tools used in building and maintaining secure networks. Topics include types of attacks, countermeasures and prevention techniques. Security assessments, vulnerability testing and penetration testing are also studied. Lab exercises address assessing protocol, network and code vulnerabilities.