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Closing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap: New Cybersecurity Certificate Program

Cybersecurity professionals help safeguard our most important information - from sensitive government and military data to corporate intellectual property to our individual personal, health and financial data.

But there is a huge gap between the need for cybersecurity professionals and the number of people who have the skills to fill those roles, according to the (ISC)2  Cybersecurity Workforce Study:

(ISC)estimates that there is an unmet need for almost half a million cybersecurity professionals in North America alone. The study also found that almost two-thirds of organizations reported a shortage of cybersecurity staff. 

A team from the University of Arizona College of Electrical and Computer Engineering launched a new program to help close this cybersecurity skills gap. The all-new fully online University of Arizona Cybersecurity Certificate Program is designed to equip technical professionals with the skills they need to become cybersecurity experts

Hands-On Practical Cybersecurity Training

The Cybersecurity Certificate Program is designed by Dr. Salim Hariri and a team from the NSF Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center at the University of Arizona. Dr. Hariri is a world renowned researcher in the area of cybersecurity, distributed computing, and autonomic computing. 

While the program is fully online, Dr. Hariri and his team wanted to make sure that participants who complete the program would be ready to apply and use what they learned. That's why the courses provide hands-on practical experience in using network and computer monitoring tools, intrusion detection and prevention tools, and other cybersecurity tools, in addition to teaching the fundamentals of cybersecurity.

The skills taught in the program map directly to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, a collaborative effort between the private sector, government and academia designed to improve cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. 

The certificate program includes three 16-week fully online courses:

  • Network Security - January 2020

  • Computer Security - Spring 2020

  • Cybersecurity Expert - Fall 2020

This noncredit professional development certificate program is open to technical professionals in any location. You do not need to an admitted and enrolled University of Arizona student to participate. You will need to submit a short application through the office of Continuing & Professional Education describing your technical background and knowledge. Applying to the program is free.

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