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Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Operations

Online | 6-month program

Get Ready for Careers That Move at the Speed of Tech

This industry-leading certificate program is designed for the hands-on professional ready to be on the front lines of cyber defense.

You’ll take three courses that hone your specialization in combating cybersecurity threats and prepare you to earn further certifications in CompTIA CySA+ and (ISC)² CISSP.

Build your skills in threat detection, incident response, information assurance, defense mitigation, and risk assessment so you can make sure your career is ready for whatever comes next.

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to this graduate certificate program.

Fast Facts:

Complete the certificate in as little as 6 months!

Apply all 9 credits of your certificate to Excelsior’s MS in Cybersecurity program.

Curriculum developed by cybersecurity professionals for cybersecurity professionals


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Online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Operations Program Details

Cyber Attack and Defense
This course will provide hands-on learning through the application of penetration testing and incident response as methods to proactively identify, validate, contain, and remediate vulnerabilities within a given system or application. Learners will have the opportunity to research and discuss current topics in cyber-attacks and defenses and gain practical experience via real-world scenarios applied in a safe virtual environment that covers material aligned with the (CySA+) Cybersecurity Analyst Certification.

Information Assurance
Learn the foundations of information systems security as defined by industry experts and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)², which is considered a definitive source for information security domain definitions and a premier certification authority. Examine information systems security concepts according to the consortium’s “eight domains of knowledge” model for its Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.

IT Risk Analysis and Management
View information on security-risk analysis and management from a business perspective. Gain knowledge, skills, and techniques to identify, prioritize, and manage the many IT security risks facing businesses today. Students will also examine how IT risk management supports IT governance and decision making by businesses. The material aligns with subject matter referenced by the ISACA (CISA) Certified Information Systems Auditor Certification.

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Common Careers with an
Online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Operations

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Incident Response Associate
  • Cybersecurity Operations Engineer
  • Security Operations Center Analyst (SOC Analyst)
  • Information Systems Auditor
  • Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Alumni Spotlight

Dustin Van Dame participated in the National Cyber League, the cybersecurity competition that uses defensive and offensive puzzle-based and capture-the-flag style challenges. Van Dame’s team, Excelsior_FTW, achieved 84.11% accuracy, and Van Dame says the competition helped him decide that he was making the right decision for his career.

Recognitions & Accreditations

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 1007 North Orange Street, 4th Floor, MB #166, Wilmington, DE 19801 (267-284-5011) The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Phase: Accredited
Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
Accreditation Granted: 1977
Last Reaffirmation: 2017
Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022

All of Excelsior College’s academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.