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About the Cybersecurity Certificate Online

As the world becomes more digitally-driven every day, cybersecurity has become one of the most urgent challenges in information technology—and that challenge is intensifying. Mapped directly to industry standards and certifications, this affordable online cybersecurity certificate program from Radford University’s Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab empowers you to master critical IT security workplace objectives while progressing at your own pace.

In our competency-based courses, you will learn practical application of core competencies aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). Experiential learning activities develop your foundational understanding of data privacy and web threat detection, as well as provide an in-depth study of the GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GIAC GPEN) and GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GIAC GCIH) certifications. You will also cover significant preparation materials for the ISC2 CISSP CAT, CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Network+ certification exams. Plus, after completing this professional certificate in cybersecurity, you will earn 18 undergraduate credits you can use to pursue a degree from Radford University.

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Make an IMPACT

The Cybersecurity Certificate through IMPACT is built upon Radford University's established and award winning cybersecurity program. It employs research-based practices from cognitive science, analytics, simulation-based learning and gamification in every aspect of its training to ensure it is challenging, highly effective and engaging.

This certification program is ready to support your cybersecurity training goals and become your cyber workforce strategic partner.

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The Right Choice

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National Center of Academic Excellence

Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Online and Hands-On for Working Professionals

Online, go at your own pace program with structured learning activities and a virtual testing lab for each student.

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Meets Critical Job Demand in Cybersecurity

With 36,000 current job openings within cybersecurity in Virginia, build the right skills to jumpstart your career.

 

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Aligned with National Standards

Directly aligned with national standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

 

Designations and Alignments

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Aligned with
 

National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST)

National Initiative for
Cybersecurity Education (NICE)

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Cybersecurity Certificate Course Outline

The online Cybersecurity professional certificate program consists of six courses that you can complete at your own pace. You have eight weeks to complete each Cybersecurity certificate course online and you have up to a year to finish all six of your courses in the program.

Our robust library of course content is delivered conveniently online through an effective competency-based approach that both leverages and builds upon your background knowledge. Each course contains a series of modules with engaging activities and assessments to check your understanding as you go. With the convenience to study when and where is best for you, you can earn your professional certificate in Cybersecurity as well as academic credit from Radford University in as few as six months.

 

Courses & Credits

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CBIT 100 (1 credits)

Ethics and Laws in Cybersecurity

This course provides an essential overview of the legal and regulatory environment prospective cybersecurity professionals will encounter when entering the cybersecurity field. Additionally, we provide an understanding of U.S. and international cybersecurity law, civil and criminal procedures related to cybercrime, case law, and a broad overview of cybersecurity policies and regulations.

Credit: Completion of this course earns 1 undergraduate credit from Radford University. Applicability of the undergraduate credit to a degree program may vary.

 

CBIT 101 (3 credits)

Foundations of Cybersecurity

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of cybersecurity and its pre-requisites. It starts with a coverage of the pre-requisites: How to use Linux from the command line, basics concepts of networking, and mathematics required to understand cryptography.

Credit: Completion of this course earns 3 undergraduate credits from Radford University. Applicability of the undergraduate credit to a degree program may vary.

 

CBIT 240 (3 credits)

Data and Web Security

This course provides the principles and practices of implementing computer database security, typically utilizing Oracle and standard SQL in modern businesses and industries; to include database auditing, principles, and reliability.

Credit: Completion of this course earns 3 undergraduate credits from Radford University. Applicability of the undergraduate credit to a degree program may vary.

 

CBIT 250 (3 credits)

Network Security

This course introduces learners to network security. You will learn about network fundamentals, network attacks and vulnerabilities, and current defenses. Topics covered include network protocols, addressing, routing, small network configuration, network vulnerability, threats, attacks, defending the networks, mitigating network attacks, and cryptography.

This course imparts a broad understanding of the underpinnings of small network configuration, security techniques, security best practices, and security failures. You will also utilize Wireshark to capture data traffic and analyze that traffic to understand better how data circumnavigates the web and your internal networks.

Credit: Completion of this course earns 3 undergraduate credits from Radford University. Applicability of the undergraduate credit to a degree program may vary.

 

CBIT 475 (4 credits)

Penetration Testing and Incident Handline

This course introduces the principles and techniques associated with the cybersecurity practice known as penetration testing and incident handling. The course covers planning, reconnaissance, scanning, exploitation, post-exploitation, and result reporting. The learner discovers how system vulnerabilities can be exploited and learn to avoid such problems by using their garnered knowledge of these vulnerabilities and exploits to their benefit.

Credit: Completion of this course earns 4 undergraduate credits from Radford University. Applicability of the undergraduate credit to a degree program may vary.

 

CBIT 476 (4 credits)

Cyber Defense

This course will provide an overview of the current cyber defense posture and policies in a national security framework. Learners will study security governance frameworks, models, and tools that we utilize to help defend networks and their internal systems in most organizations worldwide, with a focus on government entities. You will study the cyber threat environment; laws and policies that govern cybersecurity; current and historical structure, functions, and capabilities of private and governmental agencies comprising the cyber community; and future trends that affect national security.

Credit: Completion of this course earns 4 undergraduate credits from Radford University. Applicability of the undergraduate credit to a degree program may vary.

 

Total Credits

18  
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Affordable professional development

Our professional certificates offer flexible payment options such as the ability to purchase by course, with fixed pricing regardless of the it takes you to finish.

Online Cybersecurity Certificate Program

*Price is subject to change. There is an additional credit processing fee.

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