Cybersecurity Concepts (Certificate Program)

The Cybersecurity Concepts program introduces students to security threats and vulnerabilities and the principles, practices, policies and standards for securing information systems. Networks, as the heart of information systems, are addressed through standard models and protocols. Through hands-on simulations and virtual labs, students learn to configure and secure computer networks. Practice exams allow students to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certification exams. Upon completion of this program, graduates may enter entry-level positions in cybersecurity. Graduates may also continue their education and transfer courses within the certificate program to bachelor’s degree programs in information systems security.

What will I learn in this online cyber security training program?

What is cyber security? It’s what protects the heart of our information-age civilization. Learn the principles, practices, policies and standards for securing information. Use hands-on simulations and virtual labs to learn how to configure and secure computer networks. Take practice exams to prepare for CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certification exams.

How long is this cybersecurity concepts online program?

At 18 credit hours, the online Cybersecurity Concepts Certificate program is designed to be completed in 8 months. You are allowed to transfer up to 6 applicable credit hours toward this program, which could reduce your time needed to complete this course.

How much will the cybersecurity concepts online 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.

When can I start?

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

Call UA Grantham at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about our Cybersecurity Concepts Certificate program, and other such accredited degree programs, as well as financial assistance opportunities, and more information about the enrollment process.


Cybersecurity Concepts (Certificate Program)

Cybersecurity Concepts Outcomes

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

  • Identify the layers of the OSI model
  • Explain common networking protocols
  • Set up and troubleshoot various network topologies
  • Categorize threats and vulnerabilities to a network or information system
  • Explain and apply different strategies for securing networks or information systems
  • Determine the components and strategies for the implementation of an information systems security plan
  • Identify relevant laws and standards applicable to information systems security and computer crime

Core Professional Competencies

University of Arkansas Grantham prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating these 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.

Cybersecurity Concepts (Certificate Program)

University of Arkansas Grantham's 100% online program has 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: IS211 Title: Introduction to Information Systems Security Credits: 3
  This course provides a broad overview of the principles, policies and technologies for securing computer and information systems. Topics include a survey of computer system vulnerabilities, cryptographic techniques, access control policies and mechanisms, qualitative and quantitative risk assessment and management, and the implications of security technology in the realm of risk management. Designing and implementing computer security policies and standards, formulating contingency plans and analyzing system security architectures, as well as compliance and ethics are examined.
Course: IS216 Title: Computer Networks Credits: 3
  This course covers fundamental, vendor-independent networking concepts. The course is aligned with the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Various tools are used to analyze networks.
Course: IS311 Title: Security Operations Credits: 3
  This course covers the principles and practices of secure operation and management of information systems. Principles and practices of analysis and monitoring of systems security are also addressed.
Course: IS316 Title: TCP/IP Credits: 3
  This course provides a comprehensive, hands-on look at TCP/IP. Coverage includes the latest TCP/IP stack, as well as SMTP and IPv6. Practical skills are learned with hands-on projects using various tools.
Course: IS411 Title: Network Security Credits: 3
  This course introduces the techniques, methodologies and tools used in building and maintaining secure networks. Lab exercises address assessing protocol, network and code vulnerabilities. The course is aligned with the CompTIA Security+ certification examination.
Course: IS242 Title: Management Information Systems Credits: 3
  This course covers the principles of managing information systems in the context of an enterprise. Topics include coverage of information technology in management, information systems in decision-making, planning of information systems, systems development, controls and security measures, and electronic commerce.

IS216 must be passed with a "C" or better in order to complete this program.
IS242 can be switched with one of the following: IS320, IS471, or IS475.