Advanced Cybersecurity (Certificate Program)

The objective of the Advanced Cybersecurity program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required of cybersecurity professionals. Going beyond Network+ and Security+, this certificate focuses on additional areas of knowledge associated with the CISSP certification, such as risk management and mitigation, access control and authorization methods, disaster recovery practices and standards, social engineering, cryptography and legal implications. Standard tools and virtual labs give students hands-on exposure to security scenarios.

What will I learn?

You’ll go beyond Network+ and Security+ into areas associated with the CISSP certification, such as risk management and mitigation, access control and authorization methods, disaster recovery practices and standards, social engineering, cryptography and legal implications. And you’ll get hands-on exposure to security scenarios through standard tools and virtual labs.


By completing this program, you will enhance your knowledge of cybersecurity and related concepts.

How long is this online cyber security certificate program?

At 18 credit hours, the online cyber security certificate program is designed to be completed in 8 months.

How much will the online cyber security certificate program cost?

The undergraduate rate is $295 per credit hour – lower if you’re a member of the military, a veteran or part of a military family. Scholarships are also available for those who qualify.

What are the admission requirements?

In addition to proof of high school graduation or its equivalent, admission to the Advanced Cybersecurity certificate program requires at least one of the following:

  • Completion of the Cybersecurity Concepts certificate or equivalent or;
  • Current Network+ and Security+ certifications or equivalent

When can I start?

Courses begin monthly, so we’re ready when you are.

Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our accredited degree programs, financial assistance opportunities or enrollment process.

Advanced Cybersecurity (Certificate Program)

Advanced Cybersecurity Certificate Outcomes

After successfully completing this cyber security certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Assess and analyze threats to information systems
  • Evaluate the standards, processes, methods and tools used to mitigate risk
  • Analyze key attributes to various access control methods and authorization techniques
  • Compare and contrast various ciphers and encryption standards
  • Identify elements and processes for developing, testing and implementing business continuity plans
  • Examine methods for reducing security risks arising from the human element and organizational culture and structure
  • Identify legal and ethical issues surrounding global information systems security

Core Professional Competencies

University of Arkansas Grantham prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these six critical life skills into the curriculum:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

Advanced Cybersecurity (Certificate Program)

This 100% online program is filled with the cyber security information you need to help you prepare for your next challenges.

Program Core Credits: 18
Total Credit Hours: 18
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 18
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: IS355 Title: Risk Management Credits: 3
  This course provides a comprehensive review of industry approaches, practices and standards on how to handle risks to organizations' business-critical assets. Topics include identifying and analyzing threats, qualitative versus quantitative risk management, standards and processes to mitigate risk, risk control and risk policy. Through a practical approach, this course explores key topics that enable students to uncover and remediate potential infractions.
Course: IS360 Title: Disaster Recovery Credits: 3
  This course provides a comprehensive overview of disaster recovery and countermeasures for networks and businesses. Assess risks in the enterprise, determine critical business components, develop an enterprise disaster recovery system, and develop disaster policies, procedures, departmental roles and communication processes for enterprise network. It will provide a foundation in disaster recovery principles, including preparation of a disaster recovery plan, assessment of risks in the enterprise, development of policies, and procedures, and understanding of the roles and relationships of various members of an organization, implementation of the plan, and recovering from a disaster. Learn how to create a secure network by putting policies and procedures in place, and how to restore a network in the event of a disaster. Produce a disaster recovery document of procedures and policies to implement training, testing and rehearsal of a disaster recovery.
Course: IS440 Title: Human Decision and Security Engineering Credits: 3
  Providing an exploration of the human aspects of Cybersecurity, this course will educate students on human motivation and interaction, how security controls may be bypassed by a person's intentional or unintentional acts, and methods for reducing the cyber risks associated with people. Topics include human behavior and interaction, motivation and influence, and social engineering. Emphasis is on the human element of cyber incidents in relation to protecting information and technology assets.
Course: IS450 Title: Security Trends and Legal Issues Credits: 3
  This course examines the legal environment pertinent to security professionals. Topics include the role of government, relevant civil and criminal law, constitutional rights and privacy issues, intellectual property, and compliance. In addition, current trends in cybersecurity are explored.
Course: IS461 Title: Cryptography Credits: 3
  This course explores the ways in which cryptography can be used to protect communications traffic and sensitive data. Course topics include symmetric vs. asymmetric (public-key) ciphers; hash algorithms; message authentication codes; mathematical underpinnings of cryptography; cryptanalysis; public-key infrastructure; and implementation trade offs. Students gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art technologies through completion of weekly lab exercises. The primary focus of the course is on building critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Course: IS471 Title: Computer Forensics Credits: 3
  This course explores the methods and tools utilized for collecting and preserving electronic digital evidence for the computer forensic process. Topics include the forensic examination, crime categories, analysis, laws governing forensics and report writing. Experience with forensics tools and techniques are provided.

*Note: IS461 and IS471 can be replaced with IS475 and/or IS481.