Build real-world skills through a dynamic, project-based curriculum that reflects emerging trends and technologies
Why earn your online cybersecurity certificate?
Anything connected to a network is vulnerable. It’s not just our phones and computers anymore: Security cameras, TVs, speakers, and cars can become high-profile targets for cyber attacks. Even modern refrigerators are at risk — according to Proofpoint, hackers and cybercriminals have been targeting smart fridges for nearly a decade.
To keep information and privacy secure and to help ensure safe business operations, we need experts who understand and know how to address the challenges. If you’re passionate about technology and security, and if you’re hoping to begin a career with growth potential, you can start by earning your online certificate in cybersecurity.
As a cybersecurity professional, you can be part of the solution. Whether you’re looking to refresh your current cybersecurity skills or reskill to pursue a new job, your certificate can get you started. Featuring a project-based curriculum, our certificate program is designed to help you learn fundamental skills you can apply immediately. In as few as six courses, you can build the foundation to prepare for a rewarding, potentially lucrative career in this booming field.
*Varonis, “2019 Varonis Global Data Risk Report”
**IBM, “Cost of a Data Breach Report 2020”
Dynamic, affordable, and highly streamlined.
Get personalized support. Benefit from a dedicated student support team who can assist you from application through graduation and beyond.
Learn from a streamlined curriculum. Study the most important topics in cybersecurity and earn your certificate in as few as six courses.
Prepare for further credentials. Complete coursework that you can apply toward a bachelor’s degree in computer science, or a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity.
Gain real-world experience. Learn from a practical, experiential program that helps you build skills you can use right away.
Learn from leaders in cybersecurity. Engage with dedicated faculty and industry experts.
Study on your schedule. Access 100% online coursework with no campus visits required.
What can you do with your online cybersecurity certificate?
Data breaches, phishing scams, malware and spyware programs, identity theft, and ransomware attacks are just a few of the dangers individuals and organizations face — and often, victims aren’t prepared to prevent or recover from attacks. According to Varonis, 95% of companies don’t properly protect their sensitive files and folders, and IBM reports that it takes an average of 207 days to detect a data breach.
That means there’s an incredible need for qualified cybersecurity experts to help businesses and organizations prepare for, prevent, and mitigate cyber attacks. And with a shortage of talent in the field, millions of vital security roles stand to go unfilled.
At Maryville, we offer a number of options to help you build the cybersecurity skills for your professional goals. If you want to work with tools and technology around cybersecurity, our online certificate can help you get started. If you’re hoping to take a more active role in cybersecurity strategy, you may want to pursue our online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. If you choose to pursue the certificate first, you can apply your coursework toward a future bachelor’s in computer science or cybersecurity.
What types of careers can I pursue?
One of the biggest benefits to pursuing a career in cybersecurity is it affects nearly every industry. Businesses and organizations of all types and sizes need to protect against threats, and they’re willing to invest to make sure their data is secure. Whether you want to work protecting data in a business setting, helping advise on policy in government offices, or investigating cybercrimes in law enforcement, your cybersecurity expertise can help you qualify for exciting and lucrative opportunities.
When you earn your online cybersecurity certificate, you have the flexibility to work almost anywhere, or to enhance your skills even more through continued education.
Put your cybersecurity certificate to work in a variety of settings, including:
- Auto manufacturing
- Banks and credit unions
- Business and office settings
- Colleges and universities
- Financial services firms
- Hospitals and clinics
- Insurance companies
- Law enforcement
- Local, state, and federal government offices
- Supply chain operations
- Tech startups
Entry-level career opportunities in cybersecurity include:
- Compliance and risk manager
- Cyber risk management analyst
- Cybercrime investigator
- Cybersecurity awareness and training associate
- Cybersecurity consultant
- Cybersecurity policy specialist
- Cybersecurity/privacy associate
- IT specialist/technician
- Security operations analyst
- Security specialist
- Vulnerability management analyst
- Web security associated
Upskilling career opportunities in cybersecurity include:
Where can your cybersecurity certificate take you?
Pursue high-salary careers
According to IBM, the average cost for a business to resolve a single data breach is nearly $4 million — so they have plenty of reason to invest generously in cybersecurity talent. While salaries may vary based on factors like experience, location, and education, your cybersecurity certificate can help you qualify for high-paying jobs like cybersecurity analyst ($76,628)*, information security analyst ($99,730)*, penetration tester ($88,550)*, network and systems administrator ($83,510)*, and computer support specialist ($52,270*).
*Median salary based on information compiled by O*Net Online
Be integral to a booming field
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), computer science careers are growing at nearly three times the average rate for all career types (4%). In cybersecurity specifically, there are plenty of careers with bright outlooks. With your online cybersecurity certificate, you can pursue high-growth careers like information security analyst (31% growth projected between 2019 and 2029)*, computer support specialist (8%)*, and penetration tester (5-7%)**.
*Growth data based on projections by the BLS.
**Based on projections for 2018-2028 compiled by O*Net Online.
Future-proof your career
According to Varonis, 3.5 million cybersecurity openings may go unfilled in 2021. In addition, according to Cybersecurity Ventures, the annual worldwide cost of cybercrime in 2025 could top $10 trillion, up from an estimated $6 trillion projected in 2021*. That means demand for cybersecurity professionals vastly exceeds supply, and cybersecurity professionals stand to be vital for the success — and survival — of any business or organization.
*Based on information compiled by Cybersecurity Ventures
Why choose Maryville Online’s cybersecurity certificate?
Build a dynamic education
Our online certificate in cybersecurity is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the cyber defense field through real-world projects and case studies informed by the actual issues and challenges facing our digital and online society. That means you can learn practical skills and techniques immediately applicable to your career.
Maximize your education investment
When you earn your cybersecurity certificate from Maryville, you can focus on the topics that will help you achieve your career goals. If you already have a cybersecurity background, you may be eligible to replace up to two courses (6 credit hours) with electives to ensure you get the most out of your education. You can also apply coursework toward your bachelor’s in computer science or bachelor’s in cybersecurity from Maryville Online (up to 18 credits).
Learn more about the online cybersecurity certificate at Maryville University.