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The graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Essentials is designed to build cybersecurity competencies for individuals with no previous cyber training who want to expand their careers into the realm of cybersecurity. These competencies can be used to obtain industry professional certifications such as CompTIA Networking+, CompTIA Security+ and Global Information Assurance certifications. The Cybersecurity Essentials certificate will equip successful students with the skills to protect and defend mobile applications, networks, devices, critical systems and cyber infrastructure.
Keeping our critical cyber infrastructure safe and secure while maintaining privacy is a primary concern for both public and private sector employers. The report by Cybersecurity Ventures predicts that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2021. With this increased demand in essential cyber jobs, Gannon's graduates have the opportunity to fill highly sought-after positions in the region and nationally. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for an information security analyst is approximately $98,000.
Complete four 3-credit courses to obtain the graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Essentials.
Online courses are offered in two, 7-week sessions per semester.
Build cyber competencies with the foundational knowledge needed to obtain industry professional certifications:
Gannon offers students the ability to enter the cybersecurity job-market on a fast-track, 12-credit certificate that can be completed online within one year. This timeline allows recent graduates or working professionals the ability to obtain cybersecurity credentials and enter the cyber market much faster than a traditional graduate program.
Gannon's Cybersecurity Essentials graduate certificate will provide the region, and beyond, professionals to fill the disparity between jobs and a competent workforce within the cybersecurity industry.
CompTIA Network+ helps develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks.
CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills you need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.
Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) validates the skills of information security professionals. The purpose of GIAC is to provide assurance that a certified individual has the knowledge and skills necessary for a practitioner in key areas of computer, information and software security.
GCYSEC 501, Networking Fundamentals
Provides students with a basic understanding of how networks are built and operate. Provides students with basic network analysis tools. Students are exposed to the concept of potential vulnerabilities in networks. Prepares students for the CompTIA Network+ certification.
GCYSEC 502, Cybersecurity Foundation
Provides students with a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts behind cybersecurity. This is a high-level introduction to various cybersecurity topics. Prepares students for the CompTIA Security+ certification.
GCYSEC 503, Security Leadership
Provides students with the appropriate level of knowledge and skill necessary to supervise information security staff. This course covers the leadership aspect of the Global Information Assurance Certification
GCYSEC 504, Cybersecurity Management
Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to manage an information security staff. This course covers the management aspect of the Global Information Assurance Certification.
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