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Get ready to launch your career in cybersecurity. Build job-ready skills for an in-demand role in the field, no degree or prior experience is required.

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Difficulty Level: BEGINNER
Estimated Learning Time: 8 Months - Approximately 4 hours of study a week
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Skills You Will Gain

Information Security Analyst

IT Security Analyst

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Junior Cybersecurity Analyst

Information Security (INFOSEC)

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Cyber Attacks

Database Vulnerabilities

Network Security

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About this Professional Certificate

A growing number of exciting, well-paying jobs in today’s security industry do not require a college degree. This Professional Certificate will give you the technical skills to become job-ready for a Cybersecurity Analyst role. Instructional content and labs will introduce you to concepts including network security, endpoint protection, incident response, threat intelligence, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment.

Cybersecurity is one of the most in-demand career fields.

● According to CyberSeek, from June 2019  through May 2020, there were 171,000 openings for Information Security Analysts, but only 125,000 workers currently employed in those positions – an annual talent shortfall of 46,000 workers. On average, cybersecurity roles take 21% longer to fill than other IT jobs.

● The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects 31% hiring growth for Cybersecurity Analysts between 2019 and 2029, growing much faster than average in other careers.

You should be comfortable working with computers, be willing to develop new technical skills, and enjoy collaborative problem solving and communicating solutions. By the end of this program, you will have completed a real-world security breach hands-on project and applied concepts through industry tool virtual labs to provide you with the confidence to start a career in cybersecurity.

This program is ACE® approved - you can earn up to 10 college credits, the equivalent of 2 ½ associate degree-level courses.

What you will learn

  • Develop knowledge of cybersecurity analyst tools including data protection; endpoint protection; SIEM; and systems and network fundamentals
  • Learn about key compliance and threat intelligence topics important in today’s cybersecurity landscape
  • Gain skills for incident responses and forensics with real-world cybersecurity case studies
  • Get hands-on experience to develop skills via industry specific and open source Security tools.


Courses in this Professional Certificate




Introduction to Cybersecurity Tools & Cyber Attacks

You will learn the history of Cybersecurity, types and motives of cyber attacks to further your knowledge of current threats to organizations and individuals. Key terminology, basic system concepts and tools will be examined as an introduction to the Cybersecurity field. You will learn about critical thinking and its importance to anyone looking to pursue a career in Cybersecurity. Finally, you will begin to learn about organizations and resources to further research cybersecurity issues in the Modern era.




Cybersecurity Roles, Processes & Operating System Security

This course gives you the background needed to understand basic Cybersecurity around people. process and technology. You will learn to understand the key cybersecurity roles within an organization.




Cybersecurity Compliance Framework & System Administration

This course gives you the background needed to understand the key cybersecurity compliance and industry standards. This knowledge will be important for you to learn no matter what cybersecurity role you would like to acquire or have within an organization.




Network Security & Database Vulnerabilities

This course gives you the background needed to understand basic network security. You will learn the about Local Area Networks, TCP/IP, the OSI Framework and routing basics. You will learn how networking affects security systems within an organization. You will learn the network components that guard an organization from cybersecurity attacks.




Penetration Testing, Incident Response and Forensics

You will learn about the different phases of penetration testing, how to gather data for your penetration test and popular penetration testing tools. Furthermore, you will learn the phases of an incident response, important documentation to collect, and the components of an incident response policy and team. Finally, you will learn key steps in the forensic process and important data to collect.




Cyber Threat Intelligence

You will understand network defensive tactics, define network access control and use network monitoring tools. You will understand data protection risks and explore mobile endpoint protection. Finally you will recognize various scanning technologies, application security vulnerabilities and threat intelligence platforms.




Cybersecurity Capstone: Breach Response Case Studies

You will explore incident response methodologies and security models. You will learn to recognize and categorize key types of vulnerabilities and associated attacks against today's organizations. You will explore in depth several past and recent breaches to learn how they were detected and what was done or could have been done to reduce the threat risk to the organization. Finally, you will explore the costs of data breaches through research studies and well known breaches.




IBM Cybersecurity Analyst Assessment

A growing number of exciting, well-paying jobs in today’s security industry do not require a college degree. This is the final course required to assess your acquired knowledge and skills from from the previous two specializations, IT Fundamentals of Cybersecurity and Security Analyst Fundamentals, to become job-ready for a cybersecurity analyst role.