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Certificate in Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity Certificate Program Overview

Learn cybersecurity fundamentals and bolster your cybersecurity analysis, control and evaluation skills at Purdue University Northwest. Our cybersecurity certificate program will expand your career in software engineering, computer science and information technologies in public and private sectors, as well as K-12 and higher education.

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  • You can complete a respected credential at a manageable price.
  • Cybersecurity attacks occur every day and trained experts are needed to defend against them. reports that 770,000 cybersecurity openings in the United States are unfilled.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 33% growth in cybersecurity occupations from 2020 to 2030.
  • We have been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE-4Y) in Cyber Defense Education jointly by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.

Upon completion, a student will:

  • Comprehend the principles of information assurance and be proficient in penetration testing methodologies and skills
  • Analyze system security vulnerabilities and business security risks
  • Create an information security plan to prevent, respond, and mitigate security risk through developing and implementing security policies, security controls, and business continuity and disaster recovery plans.

Cybersecurity Certificate Curriculum

This program is a 12-credit certificate in Cybersecurity and can be applied toward a Master of Science in Technology at PNW. The cybersecurity program provides the specialized training you need for a career in this complex, in-demand field.

Sample Courses

  • ITS 55100 Principles of Information Assurance
  • ITS 55000 Biometrics for Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Certificate Plan of Study

Cybersecurity Certificate Highlights

Cybersecurity workforce development is the key to assuring that the nation has adequate capacity to protect information and information systems.

This quickly growing field is both challenging and competitive. At PNW, we provide the tools you need to stand out, including US government-recognized curriculum and individualized attention from instructors.

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Cybersecurity Certificate Outcomes

Through classroom and lab interaction with experienced faculty, applied research and experiential learning, you’ll begin your professional work with the confidence and knowledge to be successful in a dynamic, competitive field.

Cybersecurity Certificate Career Paths

This degree prepares you for a number of careers in the cybersecurity field, including:

  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Cybersecurity penetration and vulnerability tester
  • Cybercrime analyst and investigator
  • IT auditor
  • Network and system administrators

Cybersecurity Certificate Employers

Our alumni work with some of the most innovative organizations across the region and around the world, including:

  • Franciscan Health
  • Amazon
  • People’s Bank
  • US Air Force
  • National Security Agency (NSA)

Cybersecurity Certificate Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to get involved in activities like:

  • IT Club
  • Cyber-Security Club
  • Cyber-Incident Response Club

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Meet the Faculty

Michael Tu

Michael Tu, Ph.D.

Professor, Computer Information Technology

Michael Tu is a professor of computer information technology and director of the Center for Cybersecurity.


Ricardo A. Calix, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Computer Information Technology

Ricardo A. Calix, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Technology at Purdue University Northwest.

Tae-Hoon Kim

Tae-Hoon Kim, Ph.D.

Professor, Computer Information Technology

Tae-Hoon Kim is a professor of computer information technology in the department of Computer Information Technology and Graphics. His expertise includes computer network, security and data science.

Ying Luo

Ying Luo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Computer Information Technology

Ying Luo is an associate professor in the department of computer information technology and graphics. Her research and teaching focus on algorithm design, database management and cybersecurity.

Chuck DeCastro

Chuck DeCastro, M.S.

Lecturer, Computer Information Technology

Current responsibilities include teaching Networking, Operating System, Cyber Security and Computer Forensic Courses. I’m also the Advisor for the Gamers’ and Cyber ROAR Clubs.

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Earn a Cybersecurity Certificate at PNW

Purdue University Northwest’s cybersecurity certificate provides a foundation of cybersecurity knowledge through hands-on experiences.

To see how a cybersecurity certificate from PNW opens doors, from corporate boardrooms to non-profit leadership, take the next step today!

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