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Professional Certificate

Cybersecurity

Access the tools and tactics used to execute essential cybersecurity functions that protect computer systems and data from digital threats.

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About the Certificate

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 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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Be a Force in a High-growth Field

Industry Expertise

Learn core competencies aligned with national standards and top industry certifications.

Practical Training

Gain extensive hands-on experience in state-of-the-art virtual remote labs.

Designed by Experts

Get authentic perspectives into real-world scenarios from authorities in the field.

Powerful Impact

Use your new skills to perform critical tasks and establish a strong presence in the workplace.

Certificate of Completion

Receive an academic certificate from a respected educational institution.

College Credit

Conveniently earn undergraduate credits toward a degree from Radford.

In the Vinod Chachra IMPACT Lab Cybersecurity professional certificate program, you will develop a wide array of in-demand expertise in:

· Authentication · Cisco · Computer Forensics · Cryptography · Data Loss Prevention · Information Security · Information Systems · Information Assurance · Intrusion Detection · Java · Linux · Network Security · NIST Cybersecurity Framework · Penetration Testing · Project Management · Python · Risk Assessment · Risk Management Framework · Security Operations · Software Development · Splunk · Threat Analysis · Threat Modeling · UNIX · Vulnerability Assessment

Industry Expertise

Learn core competencies aligned with national standards and top industry certifications.

Practical Training

Gain extensive hands-on experience in state-of-the-art virtual remote labs.

Designed by Experts

Get authentic perspectives into real-world scenarios from authorities in the field.

Powerful Impact

Use your new skills to perform critical tasks and establish a strong presence in the workplace.

Certificate of Completion

Receive an academic certificate from a respected educational institution.

College Credit

Conveniently earn undergraduate credits toward a degree from Radford.

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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 three months.

Option for Credit

CBIT 100: Ethics and Laws in Cybersecurity

Access to Course: 8 weeks

Learn about the legal and ethical aspects of cybersecurity. You will complete this course as a module within the CBIT476: Cyber Defense course.

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

Access to Course: 8 weeks

Learn about the legal and ethical aspects of cybersecurity. You will complete this course as a module within the CBIT476: Cyber Defense course.

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

Option for Credit

CBIT 101: Foundations of Cybersecurity

Access to Course: 8 weeks

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.

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

Access to Course: 8 weeks

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.

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

Option for Credit

CBIT 240: Data and Web Security

Access to Course: 8 weeks

Provides a breadth first introduction to database systems including the relational model, SQL, security, and stored procedures. It starts with an explanation of why we use databases and introduces us to the relational database management system (DBMS). From there, the learner will be provided with hands-one experiences focused on extracting desired information from a real database management system.

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

Access to Course: 8 weeks

Provides a breadth first introduction to database systems including the relational model, SQL, security, and stored procedures. It starts with an explanation of why we use databases and introduces us to the relational database management system (DBMS). From there, the learner will be provided with hands-one experiences focused on extracting desired information from a real database management system.

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

Option for Credit

CBIT 250: Network Security Fundamentals

Access to Course: 8 weeks

This is a self-paced course where each module will present specific learning objectives followed by a series of instructional presentations, comprehension questions, and readings.

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

Access to Course: 8 weeks

This is a self-paced course where each module will present specific learning objectives followed by a series of instructional presentations, comprehension questions, and readings.

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

Option for Credit

CBIT 475: Penetration Test and Incident Handling

Access to Course: 8 weeks

In this course, students will experience 10 modules. The structure of the modules requires students to complete assignments such as the Check Your Understanding (CYU) activities and Activity Assessments to unlock the next piece of content within the module.

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

Access to Course: 8 weeks

In this course, students will experience 10 modules. The structure of the modules requires students to complete assignments such as the Check Your Understanding (CYU) activities and Activity Assessments to unlock the next piece of content within the module.

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

Option for Credit

CBIT 476: Cyber Defense

Access to Course: 8 weeks

In this course, students will experience 7 modules that are a part of CBIT476: Cyber Defense and one module for CBIT100: Cyber Laws and Ethics. The structure of the modules requires students to complete assignments such as the Check Your Understanding (CYU) activities and Activity Assessments to unlock the next piece of content within the module.

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

Access to Course: 8 weeks

In this course, students will experience 7 modules that are a part of CBIT476: Cyber Defense and one module for CBIT100: Cyber Laws and Ethics. The structure of the modules requires students to complete assignments such as the Check Your Understanding (CYU) activities and Activity Assessments to unlock the next piece of content within the module.

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

Affordable professional development

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

Program Cost

$6,300*

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

Unlock Your Career Potential

As one the fastest-growing and most dynamic areas in technology, the field of cybersecurity offers a tremendous amount of career growth for qualified candidates. Earning your professional certification in cybersecurity online is a smart investment in a future with promising earning potential and limitless opportunities.

28.5%

Projected growth in the cybersecurity sector in the next 10 years.

Gain industry-leading skills

Learn how to operate Linux from the command line

Hone your abilities using applications such as CyberRange and Cisco Networking Academy

Become proficient in applying theory, problem-solving and analytics thinking, as well as understanding computational logic

Cover five of the seven domains of the NIST Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

Participate in practical training compliant with the U.S. Department of Defense 8140 directive

Grasp the fundamental concepts of SQL, relational database management systems (RDBMS), networking and the mathematics of cryptography

Pursue exciting professional opportunities

Cybersecurity Engineer

Cybersecurity Analyst

Security Management Specialist

Network Engineer

Network Administrator

Systems Administrator

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Radford University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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