Online Cyber Network Defense Certificate

Program Overview

Protect critical systems from cyberattack

Cybersecurity has become an essential function of any organization. Between January and June 2017 alone, almost 2 billion data records1 were compromised due to cyberattacks.

Cybersecurity has become an essential function of any organization. Between January and June 2017 alone, almost 2 billion data records1 were compromised due to cyberattacks.

Fast Facts

Modality

100% Online

Total Credits

18

Cost Per Credit

$475

Time to Complete

1 year

 
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          Dive Into Network Defense

          Gain the skills you need to defend organizations with our online Certificate in Cyber Network Defense. Through six courses, you'll gain the foundational skills to apply defensive measures to networks and information systems.

          While you build your understanding of computer hardware and systems software, you'll explore all aspects of information security. You'll delve into the legal and ethical implications of computer network investigations and learn to perform hands-on vulnerability assessments and penetration testing.

          Completion of your certificate will also help you prepare for the following professional certifications:

          • CompTIA A+

          • CompTIA Security+

          • CompTIA Network+

          National Centers of Excellence

          The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Utica College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014–2019.

          In addition, the BS in Cybersecurity online and on-campus programs have been designated a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) program by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

          Learn more about why Utica College is your best choice for a cybersecurity education.

          Career Outlook

          Keeping data secure in both the public and private sectors is the catalyst for job growth in cybersecurity. With escalating concerns for cyberthreats, there's high demand for properly trained cybersecurity professionals—up to 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs are projected by 2021.2

          Utica College's cyber network defense certificate provides a way to differentiate yourself quickly, while building a path toward advanced education.

          JOBS AND INCOME

          Curriculum: Gain Cutting-Edge Defensive Tactics

          This 18-credit, online certificate in cyber network defense is a great next step toward advancing your education and career. Plus, you'll be well on your way to completing your bachelor's. When you're ready to advance your education, you may seamlessly transfer your certificate credits to complete your Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity in as few as 28 months.3

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Curriculum: Gain Cutting-Edge Defensive Tactics

          This 18-credit, online certificate in cyber network defense is a great next step toward advancing your education and career. Plus, you'll be well on your way to completing your bachelor's. When you're ready to advance your education, you may seamlessly transfer your certificate credits to complete your Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity in as few as 28 months.3

          EXPLORE COURSES

          Admissions Requirements

          To apply for admission into the online certificate in cyber network defense, you need the following:

          • Completed application
          • Associate's degree or international equivalent
          • Minimum GPA of 2.7*
          • Official transcript
          • Résumé
          • Personal statement

          *Applicants with GPAs below 2.7 can be admitted at the discretion of the department.

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          Tuition and Financial Aid

          This 18-credit online certificate costs $475 per credit hour. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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          Faculty: Learn From Cybersecurity Experts

          Our cybersecurity faculty members have a robust background in the industry and many years of combined experience educating cybersecurity professionals. They're experts in topics such as forensics, counterterrorism, counterespionage, information security and information assurance. You'll directly benefit from their instruction, mentorship, career advice, and network of opportunities.

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          Why Learn Online
          With Utica College?

          Benefits of Being an Online Student

          Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You'll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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          Planning Your Budget

          Paying for an online education doesn't have to be stressful. We've compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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          Frequently Asked Questions

          Advancing your life and career with an online certificate comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven't covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with a program manager.

          On average, this certificate takes 12 months to complete when you take one course every eight weeks.

          According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the information security field is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average for all occupations. Current median salary for information security professionals is $95,510 per year.

          Learn more on our career outlook page.

          A background in the information security field is helpful to have, but not required to be admitted into the cyber network defense certificate program. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to connect with a program manager at (866) 295-3106 to see if you would be a good fit for this certificate.

          Tuition cost for this certificate is $8,550. Additional fees may apply. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid, from scholarships to military benefits.

          Visit our tuition and fees page for details.

          The program is designed specifically for students who will continue to work full-time. The expectation is that you'll complete one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester, which is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

          All six classes listed in the curriculum are required to complete this certificate, for a total of 18 credits.

          SOURCES:

          1Graham, L. (2017, September 20). The number of devastating cyberattacks is surging - and it's likely to get much worse. CNBC. Retrieved February 7, 2019, from https://www.cnbc.com/2017/09/20/cyberattacks-are-surging-and-more-data-records-are-stolen.html
          2Morgan, S. (2017, June 06). Cybersecurity labor crunch to hit 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2021. CSO. Retrieved February 7, 2019, from https://www.csoonline.com/article/3200024/security/cybersecurity-labor-crunch-to-hit-35-million-unfilled-jobs-by-2021.html

          DISCLAIMERS:

          3Not all credit hours may transfer into the bachelor's degree. Permission of the Program Director is required.