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Gannon University’s College of Engineering and Business is launching an online graduate certificate program in cybersecurity essentials that prepares graduates or working professionals who have no previous cyber training to expand their skills.
The program will offer two start dates per year, with the first being in the fall of 2020.
This fast-track, 12-credit program can be completed 100 percent online within one year. This timeline allows students to obtain cybersecurity credentials much faster than a traditional graduate program. The program’s cost per credit is $799, making it an affordable, flexible and convenient option for individuals who are looking to enter the cyber market while balancing a professional career and personal life.
The online graduate certificate program in cybersecurity essentials equips students with the foundational cyber knowledge needed to obtain industry professional certifications including the CompTIA Networking+, CompTIA Security+, and the Global Information Assurance Certification. Students will also gain the expertise necessary to protect and defend mobile applications, networks, devices, critical systems and cyber infrastructure.
Graduates who complete the certificate program will be able to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats to protect cyber infrastructure, and understand how to operate and manage networks using cybersecurity analysis tools to identify network vulnerabilities.
It is predicted that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions across the globe by 2021. Gannon’s online graduate certificate program in cybersecurity essentials will provide students with the knowledge and competitive edge to meet this demand and expand their career into the cyber industry.
“In the real world, business resources can be scarce and individuals without cybersecurity experience are being asked to take on more cybersecurity responsibilities,” said Gannon Vice President for Academic Affairs Walter Iwanenko, Ph.D. “This initiative is a direct response to this need (to prepare) individuals to not only advance their organizations, but also their personal careers.”
Susantha Herath, Ph.D., associate dean of the College of Engineering and Business added: “Gannon is transforming minds and lives of their new wave of graduates by attracting professionals along the boundaries of different majors into cybersecurity, so that they can share the benefits of strong job growth.”