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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security

As the digital world expands, maintaining cybersecurity becomes ever more critical to businesses and their customers. At DeVry University our 100% online Cyber Security Certificate program can help prepare you to become a cyber defender, securing sensitive data and protecting organizations against data breaches.

If you enjoy all things tech, completing an online cyber security certificate program can help you develop fundamental cyber security skills for combating cybercrime. The courses in this program will teach you how to design strategies to protect information, infrastructure and brands against the threat of cyberattacks.

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100% Online Cyber Security Certificate classes start October 25, 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 are rethinking the way they go about their education and career planning. Many times, an undergraduate certificate can be a way to kick-start your future in cyber security.

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. It may  also be a great solution for someone who is looking to break into the industry for the first time, but may not have time to complete a bachelor's degree program.

Graduates with our Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security may find themselves  prepared for entry-level opportunities such as:

  • Network Systems Administrator
    A network systems administrator role requires many skills, but primarily focuses on maintaining computer networks and systems. These systems may include 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 to ensure network security and functionality.

  • Information Security Analyst
    Information security analysts are a first line of defense in protecting an organization’s data. They ensure that information is kept confidential, accurate and available through a combination of policies, procedures and technical measures. People in this profession are responsible for analyzing the flow of data and identifying weaknesses where breaches could occur. Once a breach point has been identified, it can be rectified prior to a network intrusion.

  • Cyber Security Analyst
    A cyber security analyst is responsible for protecting a company's network and systems. Reviewing suspicious activities and reporting of breaches are a priority, as is 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. Because cyber security analysts often have to educate fellow employees on protocols, it helps to have solid communication skills and the ability to convey complex concepts using simple language.
  • Cyber Security Specialist
    A cyber security specialist handles a variety of security-related tasks. Some of these tasks are:
    • Analyzing risks and developing protective strategies
    • Monitoring for and responding to security breaches
    • Installing and maintaining firewall, encryption software and other defensive measures
    • Simulating attacks to detect vulnerabilities
      This is a broad title that is used less often today as security roles have become more specialized, however, smaller organizations may hire a cyber security specialist as a sort of "all-in-one" professional.

  • 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. They often work alongside IT professionals to help design secure networks and protocols for employees.

  • Computer User Support Specialist
    A 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. A cyber security certificate and background is valuable for this position as many people lack a complete understanding of how to protect their data in this ever-changing technology landscape.

Program Courses

Mathematics

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. While cyber security has always been important, the highly online nature of business in the modern era has made it a necessity.


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 technology skills and cyber security standards through hands-on experience. 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 at DeVry, should you choose to continue your education.


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

Graduates 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

In today's interconnected world, companies need their services and networks to be secure. A cyber security specialist is critical for many companies. Those who show that they have the expertise needed, along with the ability to adapt to changing standards, can help provide value to their organizations.


What are the benefits of cyber security?

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


How do cyber security programs differ from one another?

Cyber security programs may focus on different specialties depending on the program itself. Some focus more intently on hardware security and best practices for employees. Others may specifically touch on network security and data breach prevention. It's also important to note that, while similar, cyber security programs are distinct from information technology (IT) programs. The former are far more concerned with data security while the latter are geared more towards ensuring network functionality.


Why do you need a cyber security certification?

The professional world needs cyber security professionals. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that between 2019 and 2029, the industry is expected to grow by 31%, leading to roughly 40,900 new jobs in the sector.4 A cyber security certification is an industry-recognized credential that can help you stand out among other candidates.


Build Skills with Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t need to wait four years to add a credential to your resume.  At DeVry, many programs are designed to stack — allowing you to work towards your education goals at your own pace. Start with a shorter credential that takes less time, such as an Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security.

These credentials are gained through flexible online and on-site classes that help you build your professional skills right away. Best of all, every course counts toward the next degree level5

How Do Credentials Stack?

Our online Cyber Security Certificate program can serve as a building block to our Computer Information Systems Bachelor's Degree when you specialize in Cyber Security Programming. Or, you can work towards a Bachelor’s in Information Technology and Networking with a specialization in Cyber Security. Should you choose to continue with your education at DeVry after earning your certificate, all credits will apply towards your bachelor’s degree.

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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.
4https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm. Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.
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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.