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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security

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100% Online Cyber Security Certificate classes start August 30, 2021.

Quick Facts

How long is the Cyber Security Certificate Program?

  • 14 Courses
  • 40 credit hours
  • Can be completed in 1 year and 4 months1—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

Online Cyber Security Certificate Program - What You Can Learn

This program helps you develop the essential skills needed to be a strategic data defender capable of protecting an organization from highly disruptive cyberattacks. DeVry’s Online Cyber Security Certificate covers the following:

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Strategies to Safeguard Networks and Systems

Learn about assessing threats, developing countermeasures, protecting information and designing security processes and performing audits used to verify compliance with policies and procedures.

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Information Assurance Policies

Learn the measures that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity and confidentiality using principles of authentication and non-repudiation.

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Ethical Hacking As a Means of Selecting and Systematically Investigating Systems

Gain knowledge and skills related to activities behind hacking attacks and countermeasures. Learn to build defense mechanisms to protect applications, systems and networks from hackers.

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Small Enterprise Networks

Produce, secure, operate and troubleshoot small enterprise networks by gaining an understanding of the underlying technology of networks and the Internet.

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OS Concepts

Install and configure operating systems using Command Line Interface (CLI).

Cyber Security Admissions Requirements

Students must place in MATH062 & ENGL062 or above. To begin program coursework, students must complete transitional studies courses first, if applicable.2

Cyber Security Certificate and Financial Aid

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Job Opportunities in the Cyber Security Field

More and more, people like you are rethinking the way they go about their education and career planning. Many times, an undergraduate certificate can be a great place to start. A Certificate in Cyber Security is an option for anyone who currently works in the tech field and wants to expand their knowledge in the cyber security niche, as well as someone who is looking to break into the industry for the first time.

Graduates with our Cyber Security Undergraduate Certificate may consider entry level opportunities in positions such as:

  • Network Systems Administrator
    The Network Systems Administrator role encompasses many skills, primarily focusing on maintaining computer networks and systems including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and virtual private networks (VPNs). They install, configure and troubleshoot switches, routers, wireless access points and other physical hardware.

  • Information Security Analyst
    Information Security Analysts are a first line of defense in protecting an organization’s data in all its forms. They ensure that information is kept confidential, accurate and available through a combination of policies, procedures and technical measures.

  • Cyber Security Analyst
    A cyber security analyst role will be responsible for protecting a company's network and systems. Reviewing suspicious activities and reporting of breaches are a priority, along with educating employees on security measures. Cyber security analysts focus on protecting technology and data stored in electronic form, while information security analysts focus on protecting all forms of information.
  • Cyber Security Specialist
    A cyber security specialist handles a variety of security-related tasks including analyzing risks and developing protective strategies; monitoring for and responding to security breaches; installing and maintaining firewalls, encryption software and other defensive measures; and simulating attacks to detect vulnerabilities. This is a broad title that is used less often today as security roles have become more specialized.

  • Cyber Security Technician
    A cyber security technician, also known as a cyber security engineer, designs and supports information security plans and assists in implementing the strategy.

  • Computer User Support Specialist
    The computer user support specialist, also known as help desk support specialists or technicians, will work directly with individual employees to assist with computer problems. They specialize in translating jargon into simpler terms to diagnose a computer problem since most of the people they encounter do not have a background in IT.

Program Courses


MATH114 Algebra for College Students

Tech Core

CEIS101C Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
CEIS114 Introduction Digital Devices
NETW191 Introduction to Information Technology & Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing
SEC285 Fundamentals of Information Security

Cyber Security

SEC290 Fundamentals of Infrastructure Security
SEC310 Principles and Theory of Security Management
SEC311 Ethical Hacking
SEC321 Network Security Testing with Lab

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology
CEIS499 Preparation for the Profession

Cyber Security FAQs

What is cyber security?

Cyber security, also known as computer security or information technology security, is the set of practices and processes put in place for the protection of computer systems and networks. It protects institutions from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data as well as any disruption or misdirection of services.

What can you do with a cyber security certificate?

A cyber security certificate from DeVry can help prepare you for a career by teaching you the necessary skills and giving you the hands-on experience you will need to pursue opportunities in this field. It’s a great way to show your current and future employers that you have the knowledge you need to effectively complete relevant job tasks in applicable entry-level cyber security roles. The qualifying credits you earn in your online cyber security certificate program at DeVry can also count toward a Bachelor’s Degree Specialization in Cyber Security, should you choose to continue your education.

What kind of jobs can you get with a cyber security certificate?

Graduate of DeVry’s cyber security undergraduate certificate program may consider, but are not limited to, the following careers:

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Cyber Security Technician
  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Network Systems Administrator

What are the benefits of cyber security?

By guarding networks and systems against viruses, spyware and other unwanted programs, information security and business continuity are protected. This improves the privacy and security of any persons included in the data being managed and increases stakeholder confidence in the institution being protected.

Build Skills with Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step.

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. 

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable
  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away
  • Every course counts toward the next degree level4

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here’s an example: When you earn an undergraduate certificate in Cyber Security, every course you complete in the program applies to a cyber security specialization in two different bachelor’s degrees: Computer Information Systems or Information Technology and Networking.

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1Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
2Transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
3Data is inclusive of all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships, and grants for the period for July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
4The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. At 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.
*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.