Online Graduate Certificate in Information Security

Build Security in Information

Information security is one of the biggest challenges facing technology today. You can stay up to speed on the latest advancements in this industry by earning an online Graduate Certificate in Information Security. When you partner with DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how you can help entities in both the public and private sectors keep their information safe.

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Our online Graduate Certificate in Information Security program helps you gain competencies in cryptography, intrusion detection and mitigation, contingency planning and the legal issues surrounding data protection.

Our online Graduate Certificate in Information Security can be earned as a standalone credential, and the credits are transferrable to our Master’s in Network and Communications Management, Master’s in Information Systems Management and Master’s in Information Technology Management programs1 —a stackable option that allows you to customize your education journey. In our information security classes, you’ll learn from our experienced professors who can help you gain the skills you need to prepare to pursue opportunities in this field.


Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Information Security in as little as 1 year*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.

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What You'll Learn

Our Information Security Graduate Certificate program covers the following:

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    IT Governance and Security

    Understand and apply standards of IT governance and security to empower individuals and organizations in competitive technology landscape.
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    Network Security

    Understand principles of cryptography and utilize enterprise-level techniques to identify and analyze security threats and develop mitigation solutions.
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    Disaster Recovery

    Understand and evaluate disaster recovery processes and propose procedures and guidelines to safeguard organizational technology assets.

Accreditation Matters

DeVry University’s Online Graduate Certificate in Information Security has achieved voluntary accreditation** from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) www.acbsp.org demonstrating that it has met the standards of business education that promote teaching excellence.

Certificate to Master's Degree

At Keller, many of our programs are stackable, which can be of value to you.  With a graduate certificate, you can earn a certificate-level graduate credential to add to your resume while  qualifying credits apply directly toward a related master’s degree1 at DeVry. This stackable model2 allows you to choose the building blocks you need to pursue your career goals, while earning two credentials in one.

Career Opportunities for Information Security Graduates

Graduates with our Information Security Certificate may consider careers such as:

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager

  • Information Security Analyst

Information Security Certificate Program Courses

The courses in our online Graduate Certificate in Information Security program span topics related to IT governance and security, risk assessment, mitigation planning and disaster recovery planning. Your information security certificate program coursework will also help you develop knowledge in the key areas of cryptography, intrusion detection and mitigation, contingency planning and the legal issues surrounding data protection.

MIS589 Networking Concepts and Applications
NETW583 Strategic Management of Technology
SEC571 Principles of Information Security and Privacy
SEC572 Network Security
SEC591 Disaster Recovery/Forensics and Security
SEC592 IT Governance

Information Security Certificate Coursework Preview

During our Graduate Certificate in Information Security program, you'll take several courses focused on information security. Here's a short preview of what you can expect to cover in some of the courses in this program:

Principles of Information Security and Privacy

This course covers security information systems concepts at a high level. You'll have the opportunity to study topics related to security threats, privacy concerns, basic cryptography and network intrusion prevention. This course also touches on controls in information systems and security issues related to those same systems.

Network Security

Our Network Security course covers concepts such as computer networking, the OSI Reference Model, TCP/IP and network routing. Also covered are the security concerns related to the usage of all these tools. You'll have the opportunity to get hands-on experience using a networking software tool to build a secure network and will also assist in incident response management simulations.

Disaster Recovery/Forensics and Security

This course touches on the preservation and recovery of secure data in the event of a breach or other disaster. It also explores the technologies used for computer forensics investigations.

Types of Information Security Certifications

While earning a graduate certificate can help get you on your way to pursuing a career in information security, you may wish to pursue industry certifications after graduation to help bolster your resume.

For the most up to date information on industry certifications, (ISC)2’s website is a great resource. Some common certificates within the information security field include:

  • CAP: The CAP certification can be a great option for information security professionals who work in Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). This certification helps demonstrate your capabilities in maintaining information systems, understanding best practices, procedures and policy, as well as working with risk management frameworks.

  • CCSP: The CCSP certification is a cloud security certification that shows your ability to secure assets within the cloud. It tests your technical skills and demonstrates your ability to design, secure and manage data within a cloud infrastructure using relevant cyber security protocols and best practices.

  • CISSP: This certification is designed to highlight your capabilities in implementing and managing high-level cybersecurity programs across a variety of information security concerns, and can be an effective certification for a wide range of information security professions.
  • CSSLP: The CSSLP certification focuses on the implementation of security protocols within the software development lifecycle. You might consider pursuing this certification if you are interested in a career in software development, as it shows that you are capable of building secure software.

  • HCISPP: This certification covers topics related to information security within the healthcare field. It tests your capabilities in the realm of information and cyber security as per best practices and policy, as well as your understanding of medical information laws and regulations.

  • SSCP: The SSCP certification exists to test your comprehension of advanced skills related to the implementation and monitoring of information technology systems and networks. Holding an SSCP certification shows that you know how to use cyber security best practices to create safe and effective IT infrastructure.

FAQs: Information Security Certificate


Can an information security certificate help me advance my career?

While there’s no guarantee that any academic credential will help advance your career, it may be worth considering an Information Security Certificate’s potential benefits. First, and most importantly, it adds a new credential to your resume, which can help demonstrate foundational competency to potential employers. Coupled with relevant work experience, you may find that you are prepared to pursue a wider range of job opportunities.

The most important thing when considering pursuing a career change or advancement is to learn the requirements of the particular job you want. Focused tech degrees or certificates like those offered through our programs at DeVry and Keller can help prepare you as your start to work toward a career in information security.


Why is information security important?

Data is one of an organization’s critical assets, and information security exists to protect it. This means keeping sensitive information and records safe from unauthorized access, disruption or theft. In today’s increasingly digital and cloud-based work environment, keeping up with evolving technology, information storage and communication practices is critical to security.


Which information security certifications are the most important to have?

While each employer determines what qualifications are most important to their company, according to indeed.com, some of the best information security certifications include the following:

  • EC-Council CEH
  • ISACA CISM
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • CompTIA CySA+
  • CompTIA CASP+
  • (ISC)² CISSP(ISC)² CCSP


At DeVry, our Graduate Certificate in Information Security can provide you the opportunity to reinforce your existing knowledge while learning new subjects related to information security.


Are online information security certificates accredited?

DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org. Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. We offer an information security certificate online that can help prepare you to pursue opportunities in this dynamic field.


Does a graduate certificate actually prepare me for information security certifications?

A graduate certificate program can include elements in its curriculum that may help you prepare to study for information security certifications. The courses in our Information Security Graduate Certificate program are designed to provide you with high-level learning opportunities that can help bolster your understanding cyber security protocols.

In addition to your learning, re-entering an academic realm prior to taking a certification test can help put you in the proper frame of mind as you prepare for the test. The courses in this program may also give you the opportunity to work with students and professors to build your skills collaboratively, which can help you to identify areas of improvement.


Why would I need a Graduate Certificate in Information Security if I already work in the field?

A Graduate Certificate in Information Security can be useful even if you already have experience working in the field. Returning to school to earn a graduate certificate not only adds a credential to your resume, but also gives you the opportunity to learn about the latest information security techniques, which may have changed in the time since you entered the profession.

If you're newer to the field, earning a certificate can help demonstrate your dedication to a career path and help you build new skills.


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**Conferral and Assessment Data - Available for all of DeVry and Keller's ACBSP accredited programs. For a full list of DeVry University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by ACBSP, please see the Accreditation page.
1Number of credits and courses vary by program. See catalog for complete details.
2At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.