About this Program
Cybercrime has become a top national security threat. Hackers and cybercriminals are using a sophisticated array of tactics to steal your data and extort millions from governments, enterprises and public institutions. Responding to and recovering from a cybersecurity incident requires rapid deployment skills and forensic investigation, respectively. Professionals with cybersecurity training are in great demand as businesses develop strategies and processes for keeping their systems safe from the growing threat of cyberattacks.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll gain a contextual view of the cybersecurity field as you study how professionals apply tools and frameworks at their companies and organizations. You’ll evaluate the costs and benefits of various security approaches. Through immersive learning techniques and simulations that mimic real-world threats, you’ll hone your critical-thinking and curiosity skills that will help your organization develop resilience in the face of cyberattacks. You’ll also develop an extensive network of mentors who work at companies and agencies throughout the cybersecurity field, including the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Justice, the National Security Agency, the FBI and the CIA.
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Anyone interested in entering or advancing in the field of cybersecurity risk management. Cybersecurity offers myriad job opportunities — from technical investigators to social media profilers, from risk management to legal and marketing.
If you’d like basic technical training in this field, consider taking our
Certificate in Cybersecurity. We also offer an introductory-level Essentials of Cybersecurity certificate program through edX.
Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, an instructor for the Certificate in Cybersecurity Risk Management, discusses the dire need for professionals with skills in this field.
Play WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
How to create and implement security and incident response plans so you’re prepared for a breach
New frameworks for cyber-risk legal issues such as forensic readiness and Internet of Things
Solutions to social technical problems using an Atlas of Risk Maps
How to use the
National Initiative Cybersecurity Education workforce framework to assess your professional interests and map them to a career in cybersecurity How to respond under pressure during real-time attacks with triage
Gain a Competitive Edge
In addition to your UW certificate, upon completion of this program, you’ll also earn
Center for National Security Studies Certification through the UW Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity. CIAC is designated by the National Security Agency as a Center for Academic Excellence in Research and in Cyber Defense Education. Get Hands-On Experience
Write and critique cybersecurity policies, which you can reference in future jobs
Practice hacking sites, conducting forensic investigations, anticipating upcoming attacks and profiling internal threats
Engage in international discussions with other students and field faculty