Professional Education

Because technology is at the forefront of every facet of our lives, both professional and personal, cybersecurity affects us all—from the threat of cyber warfare to the theft of intellectual property, proprietary customer details, and even our personal email and Netflix passwords.  

Demand for cybersecurity skills isn’t limited to those who are already in the field. In fact, a 2019 Burning Glass Technologies report found that more than half of job descriptions that include cybersecurity skills are for IT roles outside of cybersecurity.  

With a projected 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs for 2025 and a 16 percent higher pay than other IT jobs, there’s never been a better time to expand your skill set to include cybersecurity — whether you want to pursue a career in that field or stand out in your current one. 

Learn how to recognize the different types of threats and threat actors, apply risk management techniques, analyze cybersecurity policies, and more with our professional education program.  

Explore Our Micro-Credential Pathways  

The institute’s unique and flexible professional education model makes it easier than ever for you to quickly gain the skills you need — while still balancing family, personal, and work obligations. Our hybrid model begins with asynchronous online modules for you to learn on your terms and ends with synchronous learning alongside students and instructors to give you the personalized, quality education you expect from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Recognizing that one size does not fit all, our cybersecurity micro-credential has three distinct pathways: Cyber Essentials, Cyber Management, and Cyber Boot Camp. Meet your career goals with one of these pathways, or work with us to develop a unique curriculum that fits your unique needs. 

Our current course schedule is available here

Student Testimonial

"Other classes I’ve taken have been condensed down into five days for eight hours. [The professional education program] being more expanded, you have more time to focus and learn... I retained a lot more of it than I did of those [other] five-day classes and certifications. “

- Samuel Rees, Core Technology Services Manager, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

Cybersecurity Job Statistics

16%
Higher Pay Than Other IT Jobs
3.5M
Unfilled Cybersecurity Jobs by 2021
0%
Unemployment Rate
$133.7B
Expected to Be Spent Worldwide on Cybersecurity by 2022