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Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Graduate Certificate

School of Business and Technology

Lead the Future of Cybersecurity

Specialize your IT knowledge and play an important role in protecting an organization’s cybersecurity with Capella’s online Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

Employment for information security analysts is projected to grow 28.5% from 2016 to 2026, with a median income of $95,510 per year.* 

* Disclaimer: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm (visited September 26, 2018). Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core Courses

Classes Start October 7th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What you’ll learn

Learn the Basics

Explain foundational information assurance and cybersecurity concepts.

Solve Cybersecurity Problems

Develop solutions for current issues in the information security industry.

Master the Tools

Apply tools appropriate for the information security professional.

Safeguard Businesses

Apply cybersecurity methods and functions to small and mid-sized businesses as well as large and global organizations. 

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Stay Ahead in IT: Upskill with Skillsoft

Students will have unlimited access to Skillsoft, a comprehensive eLearning resource to help develop IT and business knowledge and skills.

Gain Credits Toward Your Next Degree

Coursework completed in this certificate program may be applied toward a graduate program at Capella.

Do Engaging Coursework

Get hands-on experience with industry tools through virtual labs, interactive simulations, and innovative resources.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$11,120$13,553* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$695 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

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*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment process.

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sample courses

Our online information assurance and cybersecurity graduate certificate teaches you to manage a large organization’s enterprise security based on the 10 domains of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from (ISC)2 .  

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IAS5010
Information Technology Security Fundamentals

In this course, learners examine the technology and security principles that apply throughout system and product life cycles. Learners identify the basic network components in an information technology system, analyze how they interact, and evaluate their role in system operation. Learners explore the basic role and function of network devices including routers, switches, firewalls, VPNs, and intrusion detection as well as the underlying protocols and controls that contribute to their operation. In addition, learners demonstrate their ability to use network security tools and network analysis.

4 quarter credits
IAS5015 *
Network Security Fundamentals and Cryptography

Learners apply foundational concepts of cybersecurity and information assurance to select appropriate information security policies, procedures, and controls to defend enterprise information assets from breaches of confidentiality and integrity. Learners identify specific points of vulnerability that may be mitigated through the use of administrative security policies and operational information security tools. Learners also examine principles of cryptography and some of the security controls and methods that use it. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IAS5010 or PM5331.

4 quarter credits
IAS5020 *
Information Security Regulatory and Legal Environment

Learners apply cyber-defense and information assurance controls in context of the rules and guidelines that influence them and with an understanding of the security standards, responsibilities, rules, regulations, and issues that impact a particular organization. Learners identify laws and policies related to cyber-defense and how they relate to the storage and transmission of data. Learners also study basic concepts of audit, evidence collection, and chain of custody rules.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in IAS5015.

4 quarter credits
IAS5025 *
Operating System Defense

Learners in this course explore the fundamental security issues related to operating system (OS) defense. Learners also employ best practices to harden operating systems and associated software applications using various tools as a part of a layered defense-in-depth strategy. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent regitration in IAS5020.

4 quarter credits
IAS5030 *
Identifying and Managing Risk

Learners identify common information security risk analysis methodologies, their characteristics, pros and cons, and applications. Learners examine the sources of risk, including external malicious attackers, intentional and accidental attacks by internal users, and threats from environmental and structural sources. Learners also identify vulnerabilities in hardware, software, locations, and procedures that provide an opening to attackers and create risk to organizations. Learners demonstrate risk assessment techniques through hands-on application of software vulnerability testing tools.  Prerequisite(s): IAS5025.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

For this team, it's more than resumes and interview tips. It's about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Relevant blog posts

Information Security Career Central

A Capella-powered blog dedicated to information security trends, news, career information, and more.

What Is Information Assurance and Security?

Take a deep dive into information assurance, information security, and career opportunities in cybersecurity.

Find Your Career Path in Information Security

Create an information security career plan to focus your efforts to find success.

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