Graduate Certificate Programs: Industrial Control Systems Security

Designed for working InfoSec and IT professionals, the graduate certificate in Industrial Control Systems Security is a highly technical, hands-on program focused on the applied technologies used to defend and secure industrial control systems, operations technology, and cyber-physical systems.

Format Option: A 100% online option is available
Courses: 4
GIAC Certifications:
Duration: 18-24 months
Total Program Cost: $22,000 USD


Strengthen Your Technical Knowledge and Skills

Gain practical skills you can immediately apply at your job or in a new infosec role.

  • Learn the latest cybersecurity tactics to protect your organization
  • Keep your skills current for career growth and advancement
  • Earn professional GIAC certifications as you complete the program
  • Train on your schedule, to balance work and school
  • Get personalized support from a student advisor 


The SANS.edu Advantage


GIAC Certifications

Earn 4 industry-recognized GIAC cybersecurity certifications.


100% Online Option Available

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


World-class Faculty

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


Pathway to a Master’s Degree

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


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

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      Learn How To:

        • Develop and reinforce a common language and understanding of Industrial Control System (ICS) cybersecurity as well as the important considerations that come with cyber-to-physical operations within these environments.
        • Understand secure architecture design and defense in-depth strategies to secure ICS environments that are increasingly integrated with industrial Internet of things (IoT) and traditional business systems.
        • Deconstruct ICS targeting attacks and malware, understand normal ICS network baselines, and leverage active defense strategies that ensure safe and reliable operations.
        • Explore multiple approaches to NERC CIP compliance and how these standards can be used as the model for establishing strong management and governance controls and examine a series of architectures, strategies, and difficult compliance questions in a way that highlights the reliability and cybersecurity strengths of particular approaches.
        • Identify segmentation techniques that separate control traffic from other non-trusted traffic and methods to actively monitor ICS environments and respond to ICS incidents.

      Curriculum | 12 credit hours

      Our hands-on courses empower you to understand your networked industrial control system environment, monitor it for threats, perform incident response against identified threats, and use knowledge gained from interactions with the adversary to enhance network security and maintain the safety and reliability of operations.

      Required Core Courses | 9 credit hours

      • SANS Course: ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials
        Certification: Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP)

        3 Credit Hours

        ISE 6515 ICS/SCADA Security Essentials is an introductory study of how information technologies and operational technologies have converged in today's industrial control system environments. This convergence has led to a greater need than ever for a common understanding between the various groups who support or rely on these systems. Students in ISE 6515 will learn the language, the underlying theory, and the basic tools for industrial control system security in settings across a wide range of industry sectors and applications.

      • SANS Course: ICS515: ICS Visibility, Detection, and Response
        Certification: GIAC Response and Industrial Defense (GRID)

        3 Credit Hours

        ISE 6520 will empower students to understand their networked industrial control system environment, monitor it for threats, perform incident response against identified threats, and learn from interactions with the adversary to enhance network security.

      • SANS Course: ICS456: Essentials for NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection
        Certification: GIAC Critical Infrastructure Protection (GCIP)

        3 Credit Hours

        ISE 6525 empowers students with knowledge of the "what" and the "how" of the version 5/6 standards. The course addresses the role of FERC, NERC and the Regional Entities, provides multiple approaches for identifying and categorizing BES Cyber Systems and helps asset owners determine the requirements applicable to specific implementations. Additionally, the course covers implementation strategies for the version 5/6 requirements with a balanced practitioner approach to both cybersecurity benefits, as well as regulatory compliance.

      Elective Courses | 3 credit hours

      • 3 Credit Hours

        You can choose any 3-credit hour technical course from an approved list of elective courses.


      Study with the best faculty in cyber security


      Take Your Next Step

      Need more information? We’re happy to answer your questions. Join us for an info session, email info@sans.edu or call 301.241.7665.

      Ready to apply? We look forward to learning about you and your career goals.


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      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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      Total program cost: $22,000 USD

      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.

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