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Graduate Certificate Programs: Cybersecurity Engineering (Core)

Designed for working IT and information security professionals who want to develop a technical base in cybersecurity skills, the Cybersecurity Engineering (Core) graduate certificate program features the 3 foundational courses — or the “Core” — of the master's degree curriculum and an elective course where you can begin developing advanced skills in a specific area of information security.

You’ll emerge with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to pursue our master's degree program or our more technical, job-specific graduate certificate programs.

Format Option: A 100% online option is available
Courses: 4
Capstone:
1
GIAC Certifications: 4
Credits:
13
Duration: 18-24 months
Total Program Cost: $23,375


The SANS.edu Advantage

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GIAC Certifications

Earn 4 industry-recognized GIAC cybersecurity certifications.

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100% Online Option Available

You have the option of completing the program through live or rewindable online courses.

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World-class Faculty

Learn the latest skills and techniques from the world's top cybersecurity practitioners.

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Pathway to a Master’s Degree

All credits earned in this program can transfer into our master’s degree program.

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SANS.edu Academic Pricing

Get SANS.edu academic pricing on SANS courses and GIAC certifications.

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Powerful Network

Make connections with some of the most talented students and teachers in the industry.

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“Beginning with the ‘Core’ graduate certificate program was the perfect on-ramp for me to study seriously with SANS.” - Tim Ashford Security Governance Lead, Bridgewater Associates

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Learn How To:

  • Use a broad range of current tools and technologies in the design and implementation of security solutions deployed across organizations.
  • Analyze network traffic to extract the observable characteristics of networks and network devices, thus providing a basis for defensive strategies.
  • Assemble tools and configure systems and networks to permit systems to foster resiliency and continuity of operations through attacks.
  • Understand important attacker techniques, engage in penetration testing within your organization, and respond to incidents associated with these activities within your organization.

Curriculum | 13 Credit Hours

In this hands-on program, you’ll complete 3 foundational courses — or the “Core” — of the master’s degree curriculum and choose an elective course to begin developing advanced skills in a specific area of information security.

Survey Courses | 3 credit hours

Students select one of the following:

  • SANS Course: SEC401: Security Essentials - Network, Endpoint, and Cloud
    Certification: GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

    3 Credit Hours

    ISE 5101 is the introductory, technically-oriented survey course in the information security engineering master's program. It establishes the foundations for designing, building, maintaining and assessing security functions at the end-user, network and enterprise levels of an organization. The faculty instruction, readings, lab exercises, and exam are coordinated to introduce and develop the core technical, management, and enterprise-level capabilities that will be developed throughout the information security engineering master's program.

  • SANS Course: SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender
    Certification: GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED)

    3 Credit Hours

    ISE 6215 reinforces the theme that prevention is ideal, but detection is a must. Students will learn how to ensure that their organizations constantly improve their security posture to prevent as many attacks as possible. A key focus is on data protection, securing critical information no matter whether it resides on a server, in robust network architectures, or on a portable device.

    Despite an organization's best effort at preventing attacks and protecting its critical data, some attacks will still be successful. Therefore students will also learn how to detect attacks in a timely fashion through an in-depth understanding the traffic that flows on networks, scanning for indications of an attack. The course also includes instruction on performing penetration testing, vulnerability analysis, and forensics.

Core Courses | 7 credit hours


  • SANS Course: SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, and Incident Handling
    Certification: GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)

    3 Credit Hours

    By adopting the viewpoint of a hacker, ISE 5201 provides an in-depth focus into the critical activity of incident handling. Students are taught how to manage intrusions by first looking at the techniques used by attackers to exploit a system. Students learn responses to those techniques, which can be adopted within the framework of the incident handling process to handle attacks in an organized way. The faculty instruction, lab exercises, and exam are coordinated to develop and test a student's ability to utilize the core capabilities required for incident handling.

  • SANS Course: SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth
    Certification: GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)

    3 Credit Hours

    ISE 5401 delivers the technical knowledge, insight, and hands-on training you need to defend your network with confidence. You will learn about the underlying theory of TCP/IP and the most used application protocols, such as DNS and HTTP, so that you can intelligently examine network traffic for signs of an intrusion. You will get plenty of practice learning to master different open source tools like tcpdump, Wireshark, Snort, Bro, tshark, and SiLK. Daily hands-on exercises suitable for all experience levels reinforce the course book material so that you can transfer knowledge to execution.

  • 1 Credit Hour

    The Core Comprehensive Exam tests your mastery of the core technical skills required by top security consultants and individual practitioners. Through a series of exercises, you’ll demonstrate your ability to integrate the knowledge, skills, and techniques acquired in ISE 5101, ISE 5201, and ISE 5401 to address common challenges faced by technical leaders in the cybersecurity field.

Elective Course | 3 credit hours

  • 3 Credit Hours

    As a student in the Cybersecurity Engineering (Core) graduate certificate program, you can choose any 3-credit hour technical course from an approved list of elective courses. ISE 5901: Advanced Technical Research and Communication Practicum is available as an elective option if you seek to advance your research, professional writing, and speaking skills.

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Study with the best faculty in cyber security

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“Earning a graduate certificate from SANS is what really accelerated my career. The technical skills I learned in the program have given me the confidence to successfully lead my team and prepare them for new challenges.” - David Cox, Manager, Cyber Threat Management, EY

Success Stories

Course Delivery Options

Complete any of our cybersecurity degree or certificate programs by taking courses that are 100% online or that start with weeklong in-person events held across the country and around the world. Or you can do a mix of both.
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Tuition

Total program cost: $22,000

Tuition includes the cost of the course, textbooks, and certification tests that serve as mid-term or final exams for courses.

Get the Credit You Deserve
Students who have taken SANS training classes and have active GIAC certifications may be able to waive one course and GIAC certification into the program. See our waiver policy.



Funding Options

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Questions?

We're happy to help. Email info@sans.edu or call 301.241.7665.

About the SANS Technology Institute

Founded in 2005, the SANS Technology Institute (SANS.edu) is the independent, regionally-accredited, VA-approved subsidiary of SANS, the world's largest and most trusted provider of cybersecurity training, certification, and research. Offering graduate and undergraduate programs at the cutting edge of cybersecurity, SANS.edu is strengthening the cyber workforce through a career-focused curriculum built on proven SANS courses and industry-recognized GIAC certifications.

The SANS Technology Institute is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 - 267.284.5000), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.