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Cybersecurity Certificate

There is considerable demand for experts in the field of cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Certificate is a stand-alone certificate, documentable on official transcripts for professional development.

Upon successful completion of this certificate program, students will:

  • Be able to analyze cyber systems with regard to security issues and recognize risks and potential threats.

  • Be able to apply current best practices to the solution of security problems within the hardware, software, and data layers.

  • Exercise informed judgement with regard to legal and ethical issues in creating coherent security policies.

Return on Investment

In Fall of 2019, the New York Times reported that Cybersecurity Ventures predicted that there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021, up from one million positions in 2014. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 32% growth in hiring for the Cybersecurity Analyst role between 2018 and 2028. U.S. News and World Report rates cybersecurity; #5 in Best Technology Jobs, #19 in Best STEM Jobs, #38 in 100 Best Jobs. They also report a median salary of $98,350.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

SM 178
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

Course Guidelines

Typical Course Requirements
SMSU Course Number Course Name Semester Credit Hours
CYBR 500 Introduction to Information Security 3
CYBR 510 Cybersecurity Law and Policies 3
CYBR 520 Computer System Security 3
CYBR 530 Internet Security 3
Total 12

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