Every day, hackers and cyber criminals are releasing new, advanced computer viruses, ransomware, and scams that endanger the data on which businesses and communities depend. A McAfee study in February 2018 reported hackers drained an estimated $600 billion annually from the world economy. Today, that number is even higher due to an increase in cloud-based applications and the growth in e-commerce.
If you’re a professional interested in network security, biometrics, cryptography, and related areas, you would enhance your career with PennWest’s online Cybersecurity program. In just one year, this online graduate certificate will provide you with the tools you need to plan for and recognize today’s most lethal cybersecurity attacks and viruses.
The Cybersecurity certificate program was built on PennWest California’s unique Cybersecurity program and is part of the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Cybersecurity degree program. It has received affiliation approval from the PSM National Office, which oversees 356 PSM programs nationwide.
The global cybersecurity market is projected to grow from $155.83 billion in 2022 to $376.32 billion by 2029, according to Fortune Business Insights.
Cybercrime Magazine projects 3.5 million job openings for cybersecurity professionals in 2025.
The growth of e-commerce is the #1 factor driving the need for increased cybersecurity.
Length of time it takes to complete PennWest’s online graduate Cybersecurity certificate program.
Fall, Spring, Summer
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs in the field of information security will grow 33% by 2030—much faster than most other occupations. Salaries are also significantly higher. The median annual wage for information security analysts, for example, was $102,600 in May 2021 compared to $47,760 median annual wage for all occupations.
3.0/Official transcripts relevant discipline CS, IS, IT, CE, Math
Applicants without a related discipline may be considered for conditional admission into the Cybersecurity certificate program with pre-requisite requirements. Upon successful completion, students can be moved to the PSM master’s in Cybersecurity
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.