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    Application Deadline
  • 112 days


Are you interested in working in cybersecurity but unsure if it's the right career choice for you?

This Essentials of Cybersecurity Professional Certificate program, offered by EdX in partnership with University of Washington - UWashingtonX, will introduce you to the field of cybersecurity, as you learn about its landscape, numerous sectors and various roles, competencies and career pathways.

You will learn about the role of the Chief Information Security Office (CISO) as you study the policies, procedures, practices and technologies put in place to mitigate organizational and systems vulnerabilities to cyberattack.

You will also learn about the type of skills needed from a cybersecurity professional, outside of technical proficiency. And lastly, you will be given the opportunity to complete a self-assessment to determine which career path in cybersecurity is right for you.

The goal of this program is to help you better understand cybersecurity and the opportunities within this field as they apply to you. The program is intended for learners who wish to identify their specific optimal niche and create a plan for entry into this exciting field.

Job Outlook

  • Information Security as a skill has grown to be the top most in-demand skill in job openings where “Cybersecurity” is the keyword.
  • Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations. (Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics)
  • The mean real-time salary is $108,335. (Source: Burning Glass)
What You'll Learn:
  • Describe the vast array of roles and sectors within the Cybersecurity industry;
  • Explain the relationship between management and technology in cybersecurity protection;
  • Identify appropriate types of security controls to the actions of different and evolving threat actors;
  • Apply terminology and basic concepts of cybersecurity;
  • Assess own knowledge, skill, and abilities toward identifying a career path in cybersecurity.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 112 days
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      Average Length: 4 weeks per course Effort: 2-5 hours per week, per course
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity: The CISO's View
  • Building a Cybersecurity Toolkit
  • Finding your Cybersecurity Career Path

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    396 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 396 USD for the full programme and a duration of 112 days.
  • National

    396 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 396 USD for the full programme and a duration of 112 days.
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