Applied Cybersecurity

Professional Achievement Award in Applied Cybersecurity

Professional Achievement Award in Applied Cybersecurity

Hybrid Program


3 months

UCR Extension

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With more constant threats to our personal data and companies’ databases, the need for qualified professionals to find, handle, and resolve cybersecurity risks and issues will continue to grow. Immerse yourself in a strong foundation of terminology, best practices, available technologies, and real-world analysis to help protect our digital information and drive the next advancement in cybersecurity.

Start by learning the basics of cybersecurity, including the concepts, terminology, and common approaches by analyzing current examples of cyber-attacks and how those were handled. Understand how to install various network components like firewalls and VPN concentrators for network protection. Learn how to troubleshoot common security problems and use malware tools, data loss prevention, and other security methods. Discover the issues that threaten database security across industries and how to use SQL Server to encrypt data and connections. Use your new knowledge set to analyze real network infrastructure threats, identify the assets at risk, and devise an implementation plan. Use your achievement award to confirm your commitment to network security and move your organization towards safety and reassurance.

Designed For

  • Those interested in a career in cybersecurity
  • Those currently holding a position in cybersecurity
  • IT professionals who want to learn more about securing networks and defense against cyber-attacks

What You'll Learn

  • Essential concepts and terminology in cybersecurity
  • Assessment of vulnerability and best practices using real-world examples
  • Installation of network components and utilization of security tools for assessing risk
  • Methods to troubleshoot network security issues
  • Installation and best practices of databases security and use of SQL Server to protect it
  • Practical application of all concepts learned, from identifying assets at risk to applying appropriate technologies to protect them

What You Can Do With This Program

Positions are available in a variety of industries and can include corporations, government, private companies, and more. Jobs might include:

  • Information technology project managers
  • Security management specialists
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Database administrator
  • Criminal justice and law enforcement

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

CS X400

1 unit

Cybersecurity Technologies and Tools

CS X401

2 units

Securing Databases

CS X402

1 unit

Applied Cybersecurity and Crisis Analysis

CS X403

2 units

Instructor Spotlight

“Supporting individuals in keeping pace with the changing requirements of the modern work environment is at our core. Collaboration, partnership, and community drive us to provide accessible, affordable education, and training for working adults. Whether you are an individual looking to advance your career, or an organizational leader interested in investing in your workforce, we are here for you.”

Kasey Wilson, Ed.D.

Director of Professional Programs
UCR Extension
Riverside, CA

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