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Are you considering
an IT or cybersecurity career?

The Cybersecurity Professional Certificate 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:

  • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
  • LPI Linux Essentials
  • CCNA CyberOps
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA CySA+
  • (ISC)2 SSCP

Go From No Experience to Ready-to-Hire.

30-Hour Introductory Course | 370-Hour Extended Program

American University’s Cybersecurity Professional Certificate 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

This unique Introductory Course teaches students about Blue Team tactics, or Defensive Cybersecurity, to assess if this is the right career path for them. The Introductory Course also ensures classroom success by facilitating the advancement of only those students with the necessary passion and skills to ultimately land a career in the field.

At the end of the course, each student takes a summary exam and has an assessment to examine their future in the program. Most importantly, this course discusses students' expectations of working in cybersecurity versus the reality.

The course material introduces students to the fundamentals of networking, the Linux and Windows operating systems, and virtualization concepts. Students will also learn to run basic commands and computer communication protocols, develop a firm understanding of basic operating system structures, and will become familiarized with the "Cyber Attack Cycle." Experiential education methods will provide students hands-on exercises and provide a better understanding about cybersecurity countermeasures and defense techniques.

Windows Security

45 in-classHours

Countless companies worldwide rely on Windows Server 2012 to manage their organization's computers and networks using Group Policy Objects. Students will learn how to set up domain environments using Active Directory, which enables central control of all computers and users in a domain. This course will also teach students how to manage network services, such as DNS and DHCP servers, how to configure security servers to harden systems, and the differences between Windows Server 2012 and newer versions, such as 2016 and 2019.

The course teaches students how to manage and operate a Microsoft domain environment that includes Windows Server 2012 operating systems, which is the most common Data Center in use today. Students will learn the differences between the newer OS versions of Windows Server, 2016 and 2019, and the security aspects and hardening of those environments and systems.

Computer Networking

50 in-classHours

Today, network devices are installed in almost all business sectors, including government, finance, transportation, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, and more. This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of various protocols, network layers, and devices.

Cybersecurity professionals must have an in-depth understanding of networking. This course will teach all the necessary networking concepts, including protocols, topologies, and network devices. While participating in this course, students will be able to obtain their first cyber-related certificate, since they will be prepared to take the CompTIA Network+ exam.

Cloud Security

15 in-classHours

This course focuses on the growing use of cloud platforms, and teaches how environments are managed and secured in the cloud. Students will also build the knowledge-base and skill set required to take the CSA CCSK certification exam.

Many organizations today are moving their infrastructure to cloud platforms that include centralized managed solutions for all their needs. All their servers and databases are migrated to solutions such as Amazon’s AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure. These platforms provide services ranging from basic physical servers, to completely managed solutions.

Knowing how to leverage such platforms, work with them, and secure them, is a crucial aspect of today’s cyber industry.

Linux Security

30 in-classHours

This course teaches students how to manage and operate the Linux open-source operating system, and specifically the cybersecurity distribution known as Kali Linux. Students will be taught the security aspects and hardening of such environments. This course also prepares students for the LPI Linux Essentials certification exam.

Linux has grown very popular in recent years due to its use in IoT products and the benefits it lends to Information Security personnel. Students will learn to navigate the Linux file system, run basic commands, configure network services, handle access permissions and exploit mitigations.

Network Security

60 in-classHours

The purpose of this course is to build the skill set needed to secure, manage, and operate network communication equipment and systems, for a variety of organizational types. During this course, the students will prepare for the CCNA Security certification exam.

The curriculum focuses on enabling students to achieve high level positions in organizations specializing in technological fields and business operations, by giving them the digital skill set needed to stand out to active potential employers in the market.

Cyber Infrastructure & Technology

30 in-classHours

This course provides students with the knowledge and practical training needed to design and maintain secure infrastructures. Students will also learn to implement various security countermeasures and build the knowledge-base and skill set required to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exams.

This course provides an in-depth examination of the many different methods of defensive infrastructure. The curriculum focuses on how to design a secure architecture, and will familiarize students with various security measures that can be used to harden networks, devices, and cloud infrastructures. Students will also learn how to work with Security Information & Event Management (SIEM) solutions, with an emphasis on Splunk, a widespread open-source solution currently available on the market.

Introduction to Python for Security

25 in-classHours

This course introduces students to basic programming concepts and how to implement them using Python, the cyber and information security industry's leading programming language. Students will learn to set up a Python environment in Windows and Linux, advanced Python programming, and how use external libraries. All material is taught via immersive training exercises where students will gain first-hand experience in building tools to automate cybersecurity tasks.

Offensive Security: Ethical Hacking

50 in-classHours

This course delves deeper into the mindset of criminal hackers to provide students with an in-depth understanding of how black-hat hackers think. By understanding where they come from, and what they intend to do, cybersecurity professionals can beat them at their own game and stay ahead of impending threats. Students will learn how to execute and defend against a variety of cyber attacks, including social engineering attacks, network attacks, application attacks, and cryptographic attacks. Hands-on labs provide students with the tools, knowledge, and specialized skill set needed to discover and exploit system vulnerabilities. This course provides further preparation for the CompTIA Security+ and CySA+ certification exams.

Incident Response & Threat Hunting

45 in-classHours

This course covers digital forensics and incident response (DFIR). Curriculum focuses on preparing students for the CompTIA Security+ and CySA+ certification exams and teaches how to conduct successful threat hunting procedures and identify elusive threats that evade existing security countermeasures. Students will learn how to handle cyber attacks as they occur and about working on a Security Operation Center (SOC) team.

Throughout this course, students will study advanced threat hunting techniques such as machine learning, situational awareness, user behavior analytics, and intelligence. The curriculum seeks to deeply familiarize students with the role of SOC teams across a variety of organizations and how to prepare for and manage attacks in real time. Students will also conduct an in-depth study of digital forensics and learn to investigate network attacks, host attacks, and how to reverse engineer malware to understand its purpose and execution on vulnerable systems.

Game Theory in Cybersecurity

10 in-classHours

Hackers always seem to be many steps ahead of us. The only way to defend ourselves and stay ahead of impending cyber threats is to become experts at divergent thinking and put ourselves inside the mind of a hacker. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Game Theory. Game Theory is a tool essential to understanding how players interact, understanding the rational (or irrational) thinking of attackers, and how to think out of the box in terms of securing networks. The course material will broaden students' perspectives on many strategic topics and equip them with the skills required to use Game Theory to model real-world scenarios, and apply the methods to find solutions for the defense of an organization.

Career Services

10 in-classHours

This specialized course provides students with the training and tools needed to land a position in the cybersecurity field. The course's career planning services include personalized interview training, professional networking, internship placement assistance, and one-on-one consultations devoted to perfecting LinkedIn profiles and resumes.

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:

Linux LPI Essentials

The Linux LPI Essentials exam verifies knowledge of the open-source Linux operating system and practical knowledge of various other open-source applications. The exam measures competency in Linux command line, permissions, security, basic networking configuration, working knowledge of Linux administration, and the ability to manage users and groups.

CompTIA Cloud+

The CompTIA Cloud+ is a key certification for all IT professionals who want to demonstrate their competency in cloud infrastructures. Gaining this certification verifies that you have the skill set required to work in data centers. The exam assesses knowledge of managing and troubleshooting cloud performance, security, and configuration and deployment of data migration to the cloud.

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, network, security administration, and penetration testing.


The CompTIA CySA+ is an intermediate-level certification that verifies competency in cybersecurity. This certification tests skills in security analytics, as well as intrusion detection and response. The certification meets the requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Defense. It verifies a candidate’s ability to perform data analysis in order to find a variety of system vulnerabilities, threats, and risks. It also tests the candidate’s ability to employ and configure tools for threat detection and the ability to secure organizational systems and applications.

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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