The Cyber Security Specialist program through Professional Workforce Development will help you gain the tools and skills needed to detect and defend against cyberthreats. From working as a digital security guard to protecting computers, programs and networks from cyber attacks and data breaches, our program ensures you’ll be day-one ready.
WHAT IS THE CYBER SECURITY TRAINING PROGRAM AND WHAT CAN YOU ACCOMPLISH AS A STUDENT?
The Cybersecurity Training Program is an online curriculum that consists of 10 courses over the span of 33 weeks. During this time, students will gain the skills that are essential to launching their career in this highly in-demand field. Developed by industry experts, the Cybersecurity Training Program covers a wide range of information, including installing secured systems, identifying network vulnerabilities, and implementing recovery efforts.
Cybersecurity specialists are proficient in cyber industry best practices, standards and trends to secure and protect network vulnerabilities. They maintain the security of networks and data for companies and organizations.
Through a combination of expert instruction and hands-on experience, students who complete the program will be prepared to uncover an organization’s technological weaknesses, fortify networks with the latest software defense tools, use network packet analyzers to spot attackers, and keep systems as safe as possible.
Through critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration, students will gain tangible experience in cyber security analysis, and be job-ready with an extensive range of knowledge.
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor and Statistics, computer specialists earn a median salary of $62,760, and the job outlook for this field is strong, with continued growth predicted through 2030.
As a graduate of this program, students can expect to bring a variety of programming and technical skills to their current or future career, which include:
- Using Packet Analysis to detect breaches, malware, and cyber attacks
- Performing Vulnerability Analysis to identify weaknesses in an organization’s systems and networks
- Programming in Python to aid in debugging
- Capturing network packet information using Wireshark and Nmap to identify attackers
- Learning attacker tactics and how to defend against them
- Understanding software development through Agile
|COURSES - 33 WEEKS|
Cryptography & Access Management
Logging and Monitoring
Web Application Security and Project Management
Threats & Vulnerabilities
CYBER SECURITY PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Choose from several flexible options for completing the Cyber Security certificate program:
- Register for the full program and save 14%
- Start with Track 1 and stack remaining tracks to manage cost over time
- Tracks may be taken out of order, but we strongly recommend you take sequentially.
Featuring tiered pricing – the more you stack, the less you pay per track!
- First Track Purchase = $5,600
- Second Track Purchase = $4,620
- Third Track Purchase = $3,780
Please note: Only students who complete all tracks are prepared to sit for the certification exam.
Contact your Workforce Training Specialist for more details on the Cyber Security tracks.
Gain robust knowledge of the fundamentals of security concepts, technical skills required in network administration and support, and fundamental programming concepts.
- Security Foundations
- Networking Foundations
- Programming Foundations
- Gain practical knowledge of security concepts such as threats, policy and procedures, risk management and disaster recovery
- Become familiar with code organization, decision-making, handling errors and debugging applications
- Prepare for the network certification exam
Learn skills for assessing threats & vulnerabilities faced by every organization and technology user.
- System Administration
- Logging and Monitoring
- Network Defense
- Learn to install & configure network components to support organizational security
- Analyze and interpret security logs on Intrusion Detection & Prevention Systems, as well as get an intro to basic forensics
- Learn to use the most current tools to assess the security posture of an organization & understand the impacts of various vulnerabilities
Learn about cryptography algorithms used to ensure safe transmission, storage, and use of sensitive data.
- Web Application Security and Project Management
- Threats and Vulnerabilities
- Cryptography and Access Management
- Group Project
- Learn the key concepts of Web security including the mindset, discipline, and methods for securing a software project
- Become an expert in the vulnerabilities faced by every technology user and organization including hardware, software, and various ‘Threat actors’
- Learn cryptography algorithms used for safe transmission & storage of sensitive data. Get best practices on access and account management.
- Play the role of both defender and attacker in a network while using the skills acquired over the course of the program
CYBER SECURITY JOB POSSIBILITIES
As cyber threats and attacks continue to grow each year, the employment market for skilled cybersecurity professionals is growing much faster than average. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sees strong continued growth in the cybersecurity field and predicts the number of information security analyst jobs will increase by about 33% through 2030 with an estimated 16,300 new jobs opening up in the field each year on average over that period. The median salary for information security analysts in 2020 was $103,590, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.
The career opportunities available to program graduates span several industries and organizations, such as computer companies, consulting firms and business and financial companies. These jobs include but are not limited to:
Information Security Analyst
$52,000 – $113,000
$73,500 – $238,500
Forensic Computer Analyst
$52,000 – $120,000
Students will be fully prepared to take the CompTIA Security+ Exam.
A benchmark global certification exam that tests and affirms students have the baseline skills needed to perform core security functions in an IT security career. Having this credential can be a springboard in advancing their cybersecurity career and earning a higher salary.
CYBER SECURITY PAYMENT OPTIONS
In addition to the following payment options, we offer special corporate volume pricing. Visit the Corporate page for details.
Many employers have education programs or will pay for continued education! Select “Corporate Invoice” if you need an invoice to process payment through company training tuition assistance/reimbursement plans.
Download the free brochure below to your HR representative or manager and show them the benefits of gaining additional education!
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MEET YOUR WORKFORCE TRAINING SPECIALIST!
Tracey is your Workforce Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand your program of interest, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Tracey to learn more about your program, Southern Adventist University and how to achieve your workforce development goals!
Less than 8 months
No. This program does not count for college credit. For college credit programs related to this field, visit southern.edu/computing.
No previous programming skills are needed. Students will gain core knowledge of programming principles using Python and learn how to apply them to a professional career.
Students will learn programming in Python.
No prior experience in the cybersecurity industry or education in cybersecurity is required.
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