What is a Cybersecurity Certificate?

Cybercrime poses a huge threat to organizations across the world. Help address this issue and build your own skills with a cybersecurity certificate.

The world of cybercrime has come a long way from a few unorganized hackers in basements. Now, businesses and governments are investing more resources into making sure they have the knowledge and skills needed to ward off attacks.

For professionals hoping to advance their careers, cybersecurity certificates are a resource waiting to be tapped.

The Growth of Cybersecurity

Consumers and businesses alike understand that cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues facing today’s digital economy. Every month, it seems, businesses and governments are facing hacking attempts, and threats of government espionage are turning cybersecurity into a weapon.

According to Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, since 2005 more than 900 million records containing sensitive information have been breached. *

In 2016, the U.S. government put cyber warfare in the spotlight when the Department of Homeland Security stated hacks against the Democratic National Commission were authorized by Russian government officials. **

Cyber Skills are in Demand

The number and cost of cyberattacks are growing rapidly. According to a Ponemon Institute study, the average cost of a data breach per day reached $21,155 in 2016. Participants in that study said they took an average of 46 days to resolve an attack. ***

This cost has prompted more businesses to invest in cybersecurity. High-profile hacking attacks, such as those against Sony and Target, are pushing businesses into action. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts spending will reach $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021. ****

While spending is increasing, companies are still struggling to hire and retain cybersecurity skills. A report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) found that 82 percent of IT decision makers around the world said there was a lack of cybersecurity skills in their organizations. ***** One-third believe that shortage makes them prone to hacking attacks.

It’s clear that businesses and governments are facing an increasingly serious problem, with not enough skilled talent to stop it. Cybersecurity specialists are in demand more than ever.

Why Study Cybersecurity?

Meet this demand and invest in a cybersecurity certificate.

A graduate certificate in cybersecurity can be completed in less than a year with only four classes needed to obtain a certificate.

This saves professionals both time and money, allowing them to efficiently gain a certificate that opens up new career opportunities.

There are countless reasons to pursue a cybersecurity certificate, including:

  • Staying up-to-date with industry information: Seeking out a cybersecurity certificate can ensure your knowledge remains relevant in a constantly changing field. Stay ahead of industry trends and prepare yourself for new threats with a cybersecurity certificate.
  • Career growth: As cybersecurity becomes even more crucial to every aspect of business, those with an extra qualification become more valuable. Advanced education sets you apart from the crowd and enables you to apply for more career opportunities.
  • Personal growth and development: Building knowledge and skills through a certificate will boost your professional and personal confidence, both now and throughout your career. Invest in your lifelong learning, through certificates and other advanced degrees, and set yourself on a path of personal growth.

What to Study?

For those interested in furthering their career and skills, a cybersecurity certificate can offer a wide array of courses. These can range from understanding the intricacies of network forensics to identifying and mitigating cybersecurity risks.

Many cybersecurity certificates share common subjects. Fundamentals may include:

  • Managing secure enterprises
  • Securing and protecting systems, applications and data
  • Risk management
  • Computer forensics
  • Network forensic

Could Regis University be the Right Fit for You?

Regis University’s College of Computer and Information Sciences offers a graduate cybersecurity certificate and graduate information assurance policy management certificate.

Regis University’s School of Computer and Information Sciences has been designated as a National Center of Excellence in Information Systems Security Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Courses are modeled on the curricular guidelines and recommendations provided by The Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) 4000 training standards, The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc. (ISC)2 Eight Domains of Knowledge, Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, and the National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE).

Professionals hoping to advance their careers can discover what Regis University's certificates in cybersecurity and information assurance policy management have to offer. Request more information or call 877.820.0581 to speak to an admissions counselor.

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* https://www.privacyrights.org/data-breaches

** https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/07/us-russia-dnc-hack-interfering-presidential-election

*** http://techbeacon.com/resources/cybersecurity-2016-trend-report-ubm-ponemon-study?kui=caTaU3QdZeiqYFQ421ufVA#_ts=1458948315522

**** http://www.csoonline.com/article/3083798/security/cybersecurity-spending-outlook-1-trillion-from-2017-to-2021.html

***** http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-hacking-skills-shortage.pdf