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Network Defense Graduate Certificate

School of Business and Technology

Detect Threats. Respond to Security Breaches.

Get ready to be the first line of defense for organizations as you learn to protect information systems from cyberattacks. Capella’s online Graduate Certificate in Network Defense can help IT professionals like you hone skills to secure company information assets and enterprise IT infrastructures.

Our graduate certificate teaches you to examine the technical and managerial controls critical to the success of network defense, including network and security controls and testing, telecommunications, cryptography, penetrations testing visualization, risk management, and information security regulations standards.  

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core Courses

Classes Start July 8th

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 SPRING)

What you’ll learn

Develop Security Measures

Learn to design secure architecture and identify potential vulnerabilities.  

Know Digital Communication Systems

Examine architecture and issues associated with analog communication systems, as well as protocols and methodologies.

Exploit Vulnerabilities

Demonstrate ways to identify risks that may allow access to a system through penetration testing and network forensics techniques.

Solve Cyber Security Problems

Apply abstract data types to security problems related to network design and engineering.

Create Scripts & Programs

Learn to program and test secure network management tools.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Apply Credits to Your Master’s

Your graduate certificate credits can be applied to Capella’s MS-IAS in Network Defense program when you’re ready to take the next step.

A Certificate Plus

With a CISSP, earn the certificate and MS-IAS in Network Defense by taking just two additional courses.

Gain Practical, Hands-On Knowledge

Our virtual lab employs leading industry tools, including Metasploit, allowing you to explore real-world penetration-testing techniques.

Be Exam-Ready 

A Network Defense graduate certificate provides the foundational knowledge required to sit for the Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified Network Defense Architect exams.

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.

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

*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. 

Scholarships for new students

Non-need-based scholarships are available to qualifying students and never have to be repaid.

Prior learning assessment

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

Low-cost Gen Ed courses

Our learning partner, Sophia Learning, offers a low-cost way to earn gen-ed credits.

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

The online network defense certificate coursework will prepare you to assess, develop, and implement solutions to safeguard the information assets and enterprise IT infrastructures of an organization.

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IAS5130
Programming for Security Professionals

Learners in this course examine core programming concepts such as variables, iteration structures, decision structures, data structures (such as arrays), and how to combine these core concepts to write simple scripts and programs. Additionally, learners apply secure coding practices using C and the Python scripting language in their associated integrated development environments. In working with the C language, learners apply defensive coding practices designed to prevent many security vulnerabilities. Using Python, learners write scripts that perform important network administration tasks such as monitoring network traffic.

4 quarter credits
IAS5200
Network Architecture and Cyberoperations

Learners in this course study common security architectures to help identify potential vulnerabilities in architectures, and learn to design secure architectures. Learners identify issues related to the design and implementation of operating system concepts, components and interfaces, and design and implement significant architectural changes to an existing operating system. Learners also examine the authorities, roles, and steps associated with cyber operations, and develop a working knowledge regarding the security issues associated with building complex systems out of third-party components of unknown origin.

4 quarter credits
IAS5210
Data Communications

Learners examine architecture and issues associated with analog communication systems, as well as the protocols and methodologies used in modern digital communication systems. Learners also develop a working knowledge of the hardware, communications, management, and programming environments associated with mobile technologies, as well as a basic understanding of radio frequency communications.

4 quarter credits
IAS5220
Network Security Controls and Testing

Learners study cryptographic algorithms, protocols, and how they protect information in various states. Learners apply methodology to detect, analyze, and mitigate vulnerabilities and threats within a network environment, and examine the latest network technologies and security issues involved in network communications. Finally, learners identify and demonstrate ways of exploiting vulnerabilities to gain access to a system through penetration testing and network forensics techniques.

4 quarter credits
IAS5230
Secure Network Design and Engineering

Learners investigate abstract data types and how to address them in solving cyber security problems related to network design and engineering. Learners also analyze security requirements while designing network operational systems in order to gain approvals in recognition and compliance with organizational governance and processes. Finally, learners articulate how virtualization and network architecture is implemented, deployed, and used, and describe the implications that interfaces between major components of virtualized systems have for security.

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.

Financial aid counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

Advisors

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

Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

Relevant blog posts

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3 Non-Degree Credential Opportunities

Assess options for advanced learning that accompany a degree—from digital badges to industry certifications.

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