Cybersecurity Advanced Certificate

A graduate credential driven by real-time employer demand

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Program Highlights

Gain the essential knowledge and expertise in network security and forensics needed for cybersecurity in enterprise environments. You will learn to make computers and networks resistant to attack by closing off vulnerabilities and by monitoring intrusions. 

You’ll apply forensics to allow successful attacks on computer systems to be detected. You’ll gain practice in gathering information on the nature and extent of the attack for presentation in a court of law, as well as assessing the extent of the damage to an organization.

Designed for working professionals studying part-time, you may complete this graduate certificate in 12 months.


Choose four of the following:

Credits 3
This course is designed to provide students with the advanced concepts needed to establish network security strategies to ensure adequate protection for the corporate environment and yet provide accessibility for the corporate community.
Credits 3
This course provides students with the latest techniques and methods needed for extracting, preserving and analyzing volatile and nonvolatile information from digital devices. Students will gain exposure to the spectrum of available computer forensics tools along with developing their own tools for “special need” situations. The core forensics procedures necessary for ensuring the admissibility of evidence in court, as well as the legal and ethical implications of the process, will be covered on both Unix and Windows platforms, under multiple file systems. Therefore, students must possess a knowledge of available filesystems on both platforms.
Credits 3
This course will provide students with an introduction to the principle of risk management and its three key elements: risk analysis, risk assessment and vulnerability assessment. Students will also learn the differences between quantitative and qualitative risk assessment, and details of how security metrics can be modeled/monitored/controlled and how various types of qualitative risk assessment can be applied to the overall assessment process. Several industry case studies will be studied and discussed. Students will work together in teams to conduct risk assessments based on selected case studies or hypothetical scenarios. Finally, they will write and present their risk assessment reports and findings.
Credits 3
The importance of effective security policies and procedures coupled with experience and practice is emphasized and reinforced through research and practical assignments. Organization and management of security discipline and response to threats is studied. Case studies of effective and failed security planning and implementation will be examined and analyzed. The issues influencing proper and appropriate planning for security and response to attacks will be studied. To be successful in this course students should be knowledgeable in networking, systems, and security technologies.
Credits 3
Computer malware is a computer program with malicious intent. In this course, students will study the history of computer malware, categorizations of malware such as computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, etc. Other topics include, but are not limited to, basic structures and functions of malware, malware delivery mechanism, propagation models, anti-malware software, its methods and applications, reverse engineering techniques. Students will conduct research to understand the current state of the computer malware defense and offense.

A foundation for the MS Computing Security

With your advanced certificate in cybersecurity, the MS Computing Security is within your reach. The 12 credits/four courses will count toward your master’s degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Knowledge of computing networking and system administration and introductory knowledge of computing security (online bridge class available)
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a current resume, personal statement, and one  letter of recommendation
  • Official scores from the GRE are only required for individuals with degrees from international universities
  • A test of English Language aptitude is required of all applicants and course registrants whose native language is not English.


The online advanced certificate in cybersecurity requires 12 credits and costs $1,191 per credit hour (Academic Year 2020 – 2021). This tuition reflects the RIT Online discount of 43% off the advanced certificate in applied statistics campus-based program cost. 

Keep in mind that there are many options available that may help you lower your costs including: 

  • Credit for experience 
  • Credit by examination 
  • Military credit 
  • Support from employers 
  • Private scholarships 
  • Financing 
  • Payment plans

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