Beat Back the Hackers! Explore Our Cybersecurity Programs
Beat Back the Hackers! Explore Our Cybersecurity Programs

If you're thinking about a career in information security, your timing couldn't be better. 

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the number of data breaches has more than doubled since 2008. In 2018 alone, companies like Marriott, Facebook and T-Mobile have all had customer data compromised, exposing hundreds of millions of consumers. 

More than ever, businesses require another line of defense to protect their customers' data. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that job openings for information security analysts will grow nationally by 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, and by even more — a whopping 43 percent — in Washington state.

Ready to learn how to stop hackers in their tracks? UW Professional & Continuing Education has a variety of programs to prepare you for critical roles in cybersecurity. 


essentials of cybersecurity

Explore the dynamic field of cybersecurity in this low-cost, online certificate program offered as a MOOC through edX. Learn about various career paths in this high-demand field and find your niche. 

  • Designed For: Those interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity
  • Next Start: Enroll anytime
  • Duration: Varies; typically four weeks per course (four courses)
  • Location: Online

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Certificate in cybersecurity

Find out how to protect all aspects of your company's IT operations from security threats and cyberattack. Get technical experience in planning, building and managing secure environments while learning how to defend against hackers' latest tricks. 

  • Designed For: Software developers or systems or network administrators
  • Next Start: April 2020
  • Duration: 8-9 months
  • Location: Downtown Seattle or Online

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certificate in ethical hacking

Learn how to use ethical hacking to uncover your company's security vulnerabilities before someone else can. Find out how to uncover your company's weaknesses — be they in passwords, applications, websites or networks — and patch those security holes to prevent future attacks.

  • Designed For: Those with some programming, network and systems administration experience
  • Next Start: January 2021
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Location: Online

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certificate in information security & risk management

With the proliferation of hackers and cybercrime, companies need to be vigilant about protecting one of their most valuable assets — their data. In this program, you’ll learn how to oversee your company’s information security strategy and manage the attendant risks. This program was developed by the UW Center for Information Assurance & Cybersecurity, designated a Center for Academic Excellence in Research and in Cyber Defense Education.

  • Designed For: IT, data security and risk management professionals
  • Next Start: April 2020
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Location: Online

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master of science in information management

Offered by the UW iSchool, the MSIM offers six areas of specialization, including one in information security. Students in this track learn how to effectively manage and protect information assets. 

  • Designed For: Those looking to start or advance their careers in information management, with a focus on information security
  • Next Start: September 2020
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Location: UW Seattle and Online

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master of science in cybersecurity engineering, uw bothell

Learn how to build secure software systems from the ground up and respond to security incidents as they arise. You’ll gain hands-on experience in penetration testing, wireless and network security, cryptography, security of emerging technologies and more.

  • Designed For: Those with a bachelor's degree in computer science or the equivalent
  • Next Start: September 2020
  • Duration: 2 years full time or 3 years part time 
  • Location: UW Bothell

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