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American University Cybersecurity Professional Certificate

Ethical Hacking Track

Graduate in Less Than a Year | Weekend & Evening Classes

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Looking to Upgrade Your
Cybersecurity Career?

Are you a software developer or programmer? Are you an IT professional? Or maybe you’re a member of a Blue Team and wondering how to take your career to the next level. If this describes you, our Ethical Hacking program will help you accomplish that!

AU’s Ethical Hacking program is structured around hands-on exercises and immersive Cyber Labs that will leave students fully prepared to take the EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) exams.

Let’s look at the facts:

  • The cybersecurity field is one of the fastest growing in the world.
  • Experts project 4 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2021.
  • Offensive cybersecurity positions are the hardest for employers to fill due to the lack of skilled and qualified candidates.
  • Cybersecurity positions have a reputation for attractive salaries and excellent benefits.
AU’s Cybersecurity Ethical Hacking program teaches advanced offensive cybersecurity techniques and practices to IT professionals.
This hands-on and in-depth learning experience provides students with the expertise necessary to enter the fields of ethical hacking,
penetration testing, and cybersecurity forensics.

Let’s look at the facts:

  • The cybersecurity field is one of the fastest growing in the world.
  • Experts project 4 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2021.
  • Offensive cybersecurity positions are the hardest for employers to fill due to the lack of skilled and qualified candidates.
  • Cybersecurity positions have a reputation for attractive salaries and excellent benefits.
AU’s Cybersecurity Ethical Hacking program teaches advanced offensive cybersecurity techniques and practices to IT professionals. This hands-on and in-depth learning experience provides students with the expertise necessary to enter the fields of ethical hacking, penetration testing, and cybersecurity forensics.

Gain a Marketable Skillset

30-Hour Introductory Course | 180-Hour Extended Program

The Ethical Hacking program curriculum is crafted to meet the demands of today's quickly growing job market. The main focus of the program is on teaching the most relevant skills that employers look for when they make hiring decisions.

Introductory Course

30 in-classHours

Students will start off with a hands-on introductory course based on Offensive Security and Ethical Hacking, and get an introduction to encryption. Students will also learn how to scan networks and prevent brute-force attacks by implementing IPS/IDS.

Advanced Infrastructure Attacks

30 in-classHours

This course focuses on advanced infrastructure and escalation. Students will learn how to acquire user data by bypassing system permissions and protection systems. This course also teaches students common Offensive Security techniques including Pass the Ticket, Pass the Hash, and the Metasploit and Veil frameworks.

Cross-Platform Elevation of Privileges

30 in-classHours

In this course, students will learn about OS administration on multiple platforms, leveraging scalability methods between users on different operating systems, and using local and remote exploits to escalate privileges.

Python Programming for Security

20 in-classHours

Python is quickly gaining traction as today’s most popular programming language. This course teaches students how to apply Python to cybersecurity. This course also covers programming principles such as condition loops, inheritance, error handling, offensive Python, and how to hack using Python.

Web Application Penetration Testing

60 in-classHours

This course focuses on analyzing the 10 most powerful cyber attacks in history, giving students a deep understanding of the techniques cyber criminals use to take control of systems. Students will learn how to use these web application penetration methods to execute client-side and server-side attacks.

Hacking Fundamentals & Exam Prep

30 in-classHours

In this course, students will master the most critical skills necessary to pass the international Offensive Security qualification exams. Students will be prepared to take the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and the EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exams with an intensive study of infrastructure, human engineering techniques, and attack methods.

Career Services

10 in-classHours

Throughout the entire program, AU Cybersecurity Career Services will dedicate 10 in-class hours to custom career development. Career Services assist with internship placements, give students professional networking opportunities, and in-depth one-on-one interview training. Students will also benefit from LinkedIn profile-building and resume-writing assistance to help land their ideal position in offensive cybersecurity after graduation.

Prepare for Internationally
Recognized Certification Exams

Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)

The OSCP certification is considered to be the gold standard for offensive cybersecurity professionals. OSCP candidates must demonstrate the ability to exploit multiple operating systems under a variety of scenarios, identify system vulnerabilities, and successfully exploit weak code and hosts in order to earn their certification.

The OSCP exam is conducted over a 24-hour period and tests a candidate’s ability to gain administrative access to targeted systems. Candidates must successfully execute attacks against compromised systems and provide a Penetration Test Report with comprehensive notes that detail any vulnerabilities that were identified.

EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

The EC-Council's CEH exam is another one of the top certifications employers look for when validating the qualifications of offensive cybersecurity candidates. Taken over the course of four hours, this exam tests a candidate's ability to use the same tools and techniques as black-hat hackers to identify and exploit vulnerabilities in a variety of systems.

Program Tuition

The tuition for the Cybersecurity Ethical Hacking program is $12,000, not including $1,000 for the Introductory Course.
Tuition, fees, and deposits subject to change.

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