Professional Education

Earn a well-recognized and respected cybersecurity credential from the University of Pittsburgh, offered in a blended format.

Our cybersecurity professional education program spans a wide range of subject matter in both technical issues and cyber management, giving you the depth and breadth you need to meet the demands of the market and stand apart from your colleagues. 

Explore Our Tracks

Courses will vary in length based on the individual topic. Each course is designed asynchronously—meaning it can be accessed at any time—and starts with an online module that culminates in two days of classroom instruction. 

Choose from the following three flexible tracks with just four courses each, or customize your own track: 

Cyber Essentials

Cybersecurity affects us all: from cyber warfare, to theft of intellectual property, proprietary customer details, and even our personal emails and Netflix passwords. Technology will continue to be at the forefront of how we work and how we play. 

But Cybersecurity skills aren’t just for those in the field: a 2019 Burning Glass Technologies report found that more than half of jobs that include cybersecurity skills are in fact for other IT roles and not solely for cybersecurity ones.

With a projected 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021 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. Designed for tech professionals or those familiar with tech, the Cyber Essentials certification helps give you an edge and command a premium salary in today’s fast-paced, competitive market!

Cyber Essentials Pathway:

Introduction to Information Security & Privacy

Level: Beginner

Cost: $2,500

Set the foundation to succeed in cybersecurity and build your skills toolkit with our introductory course to the cybersecurity world:  identify key security challenges, best practices, how risks manifest in networks, and more.

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Network Security & Monitoring

Level: Intermediate

Cost: $2,500

It’s estimated that there is a cyber attack every 39 seconds on average. Know how to protect your network through creating secure network architectures, identifying vulnerabilities, applying network defense tools, and more in Network Security & Monitoring.

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Vulnerabilities, Threats, and Attacks

Level: Advanced Beginner

Cost: $1,500

A defensive security team needs to be right every time while an offensive threat actor only needs to be right once. Recognize types of threats, threat actors, and vulnerabilities to determine mitigation strategies for future attacks in Vulnerabilities, Threats, and Attacks.

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Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Regulations

Level: Beginner

Cost: $1,000

What legal issues surround cybersecurity? What role does government play in consumer privacy? What do you do if a data breach happens at your organization? Understand the regulatory and legal issues technical professionals confront in practice in our course Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Regulations.  

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Cyber Management

Designed For: Tech professionals who want to move into management or who already oversee a security team at their organization as well as managers who want to make more informed decisions about issues involving cybersecurity.

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Roles This Track Prepares You For: vulnerability manager, compliance manager, security operations lead

Cyber Boot Camp

Designed For: Those in technical roles – such as software developers who want to make their code more secure, those who want to become ethical hackers/penetration testers, and technical managers who want to gain a deeper understanding of cyber issues in the organizations they manage.

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Roles This Track Prepares You For: ethical hacker, penetration tester, security engineer, DevSecOps engineer, malware analyst, security architect

Cybersecurity by the Numbers

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