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Are you considering
an IT or cybersecurity career?

The Cybersecurity Professional Program provides you with the education you need to make a career change into the cybersecurity industry. The program is geared to take you from zero-experience to a job-ready professional in less than one year. In this program, you will learn everything you need to know to succeed in the Information and cybersecurity industry, starting with the fundamentals, all the way to the tasks you will be performing on the job when you get hired.

The program curriculum integrates hands-on learning with simulation labs that prepare you to take the CyberSec industry's most essential certification exams:

Go From No Experience to Ready-to-Hire.

30-Hour Introductory Course | 370-Hour Extended Program

American University’s Cybersecurity Professional Program takes students who have no experience in the field and gets them job-ready and fully qualified to meet the demands of today's job market by the end of the program. It focuses on getting you prepared with the exact skills needed to find employment in the field.

Introductory Course

30 in-classHours

Our Introductory Course offers the unique opportunity to test-drive our Cybersecurity Professional Program before you commit to the whole program. In just 8 hours a week—spread out in under one month across evenings and weekends—you’ll learn to run basic commands and computer communication protocols, develop a firm understanding of basic operating system structures, and become familiarized with the Cyber Attack Cycle.

You’ll also experience what an online learning environment feels like, how classes and interactions flow, and, most importantly, you’ll acquire all the information you need to make a confident and informed decision to enroll in the Extended Program.

At the end of the Introductory Course, learners take a summary exam to assess their ability to forge a successful future in their chosen career path.

Fundamentals Phase

The Fundamentals phase of the program helps learners understand the basics of cybersecurity. In Fundamentals, learners cover Microsoft Windows, Linux, and basic network and cloud security. This phase of the program acts as training to prepare learners for the more rigorous Infrastructure phase.

Microsoft Security

40 in-classHours

Globally, a multitude of companies trusts Windows Server exclusively to manage their computers and networks. The Microsoft Security course gives learners a hands-on education with modern and widely used versions of the Microsoft Windows and Server operating systems. Learners will discover how to administrate, secure, and become good practitioners with the Microsoft ecosystem of products.

Computer Networking

35 in-classHours

Computer networks are used across industries, from healthcare, finance, and technology to manufacturing, travel, and hospitality, to name a few.

In the Computer Networking course, learners will cover the basics of computer networks, including topologies, protocols, network designs, and devices. This will form a foundation for learners to later study and sit for the CompTIA Network+ exam* after completing the Network Security course.

Linux Security

30 in-classHours

In the Linux Security course, learners will gain knowledge and practical skills with the most used operating system in the world. Cybersecurity professionals must have an in-depth understanding of Linux to succeed. Participants in this course will cover all the basics of using and manipulating the Linux operating system and learn about the different Linux distributions. Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to begin preparing for the LPI Linux Essentials certification exam*.

Cloud Security

25 in-classHours

More and more organizations are moving their infrastructure to cloud solutions such as Amazon’s AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure. The Cloud Security course prepares learners to discuss, identify, compare, contrast, and utilize common cloud service providers and security offerings to implement security for cloud-based solutions. Additionally, learners will have a baseline level of cloud security knowledge that will give them the ability to prepare for the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam*.

Fundamentals Phase Final Project: Building Your Own Environment

10 in-classHours

Learners will create an insecure small business infrastructure on which they will secure while practicing cyberattacks and forensics. Upon completion of the program, learners will be able to include this project in their portfolio to demonstrate their skill and ability.

Cybersecurity Infrastructure Phase

The Infrastructure phase of the program is where learners will focus solely on security concepts and practices. In the Infrastructure phase, learners will study Critical Infrastructure Security (CIS), Python, and network security. This phase provides practical security skills and experience to prepare learners for the Advanced phase.

Network Security

30 in-classHours

This course gives learners the necessary knowledge to begin studying for the EC-Council CND exam.

Almost everything happens on a network, either locally or on the internet. Learners will leave the Network Security course with the skills to design, suggest, and implement controls to build secure networks from design to post-implementation. The curriculum focuses on enabling you to achieve technical positions by giving you the digital skillset needed to appeal most to potential employers.

Critical Infrastructure Security

35 in-classHours

Power plants, medical facilities, and fire and rescue are all considered critical infrastructure. In the Critical Infrastructure Security course, learners will develop the necessary skills to ensure good supply chain, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and environment security. These skills are applicable in the business world as well as in the industry for securing systems and environment

After this course, learners will be prepared to begin studying for the CompTIA Security+ exam*.

Python for Security

25 in-classHours

Sometimes the best cybersecurity tool is the one you make yourself. Often, cybersecurity professionals find themselves needing to analyze data, scan a system, or review hosts on a network in a novel way. The Python for Security course gives learners the tools they need to create these custom scripts on the fly, serving as an introduction to basic programming concepts in Python.

Infrastructure Phase Final Project

10 in-classHours

Using the infrastructure created in the previous final project, learners will take a threat scenario and secure the infrastructure to demonstrate infrastructure hardening.

Career Services Workshop

5 in-classHours

This specialized workshop is dedicated to preparing learners for every aspect of technical interviews, while CyWar hosts a dedicated hub of resources, including in-depth career guides and asynchronous classes, to help them land a position in the cybersecurity field.

Advanced Cybersecurity Phase

The Advanced phase of the program builds skills and experience in advanced security concepts, such as ethical hacking, digital forensics, incident response, and game theory. This phase provides learners with a complete view of cybersecurity and prepares them for cybersecurity careers.

Ethical Hacking

50 in-classHours

Diving deeper into the mindset of criminal hackers, the ethical hacking course is key to the current cybersecurity industry. From penetration testers to GRC auditors, ethical hackers find themselves in many different situations. The Ethical Hacking course gives learners the broad foundations they need to pursue a career trajectory with ethical hacking as a primary role.

After this course, learners will be prepared to finish studying for the EC-Council CEH(Certified Ethical Hacker) certification exam*.

Digital Forensics & Incident Response

50 in-classHours

When a cyberattack happens, first responders are key. The Digital Forensics & Incident Response (DFIR) course ensures learners have all the tools they need to appropriately respond to incidents, gather evidence for different types of investigations, and report the results.

After this course, learners will be prepared to finish studying for the EC-Council CSA (Certified SOC Analyst) certification exam*.

Advanced Phase Final Project: Attack & Response

10 in-classHours

Learners will take the secure infrastructure they have created in previous projects, design an attack to compromise the infrastructure, gather forensic evidence, and write a complete investigative report.

Upon completion of the program, learners will have the reports, code, and designs from their projects to form a portfolio that they can show prospective employers.

Game Theory

10 in-classHours

How do you describe the interactions between a threat and an organization without knowing who the threat is? Begin by viewing the world as a series of games and players. The Game Theory course covers the foundations in philosophy and mathematics as well as how to use game theory to describe threats and cyber incidents. The course also addresses the need for having soft skills in cybersecurity and focuses on developing those creative, out-of-the-box thinking skills to ensure learners are solution-driven and skilled cybersecurity professionals.

*While the curriculum provides the knowledge needed to perform well on industry exams, this is not a test-preparation program, where the primary focus is the students’ performance on the exam. Certification exams are not conducted as part of the program and require additional costs not included in tuition.

Prepare for Internationally
Recognized Certifications Exams

Prepare for Internationally Recognized Certifications Exams

Students who graduate from the Cybersecurity Professional Certificate program will be eligible to sit for all the most recognized certification exams in the industry, including but not limited to:

Cybersecurity professionals who are just starting in this industry are more likely to be hired if they also attain internationally recognized certifications. In an effort to boost your credentials even further, we have developed a robust hub of resources to help you prepare for certification exams. During the two 2-week breaks that are built into the Cybersecurity Professional Program, learners will have a chance to take non-mandatory asynchronous lessons for certification-prep. The CyWar platform also hosts study guides, question banks, “Cyberpedia,” and challenges that will help learners practice and ace their exams. We recommend that learners seek one certification during each phase, according to their individual career goals.

Fundamentals Phase:

Linux LPI Essentials

The Linux LPI Essentials exam verifies knowledge of the open-source Linux operating system and practical knowledge of various open-source applications. The exam measures the ability to manage users and groups, as well as a candidate’s competency with Linux command line, permissions, security, basic networking configuration, and administration.

AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification exam should be considered by individuals with knowledge of AWS Cloud and its infrastructure. Experience with security and compliance aspects of the platform will be a crucial requirement for passing the examination and proving your competency to potential employers.

CompTIA Network+

The CompTIA Network+ certification exam requires you to know how to configure, manage, and troubleshoot a variety of network devices. The exam also expects cyber professionals to be familiar with emerging technologies such as mobile, cloud, communication, and virtualization technologies.

Infrastructure Phase:

EC-Council CND - Certified Network Defender

The Certified Network Defender certification should be considered by learners who want to become Network Administrators who are trained in protecting, detecting, and responding to the threats on the network.

CompTIA Security+

The CompTIA Security+ is the next step up from the CompTIA Network+ and is considered an entry-level cybersecurity certification. The CompTIA Security+ exam tests the candidate’s skill set over a range of disciplines, such as systems, networks, security administration, and penetration testing.

Advanced Phase:

EC-Council CSA - Certified SOC Analyst

The Certified SOC Analyst certification is the first step to joining a security operations center (SOC). It is engineered for current and aspiring Tier I and Tier II SOC analysts to achieve proficiency in performing entry-level and intermediate-level operations.

EC-Council CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker

The Certified Ethical Hacker certification is intended for learners who want to work in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective.

(ISC)² SSCP – Systems Security Certified Practitioner**

For students who achieved 1 year of experience—Post-Program Completion.
The (ISC)² SSCP certification is ideal for those with proven technical and practical, hands-on security knowledge. Individuals with this certificate have proof they can implement, monitor, and administer IT infrastructure in accordance with information security policies and procedures.

** Students must have a minimum of one year of cumulative work experience in one or more of the seven domains of the SSCP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) in order to be certified.

Program Tuition

Tuition for the Cybersecurity Professional Program is $15,500, not including $500 for the Introductory Course.
Tuition, fees, and deposits subject to change.

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