Cybersecurity Core Concepts Micro-credential

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The cybersecurity core concepts micro-credential provides you with a foundational understanding of the important areas of cybersecurity to include ethical hacking, forensics, cryptography, and IT systems auditing and assessments.

Students enrolling in the stand-alone option of this micro-credential are required to submit proof of a prior bachelorโ€™s degree. For more information, please refer to Additional Requirements for Graduate Programs.

When taken as a stand-alone offering, this micro-credential is eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

This micro-credential is part of the personalization series. For more information about personalization series micro-credentials, see the Micro-credential Series section of the Additional Offerings page and the Micro-credential Bulletin.


The ๐ŸŒ icon appears in the title of traditional courses that are also available as a set of module courses. Module course availability may be limited to certain academic calendars. See Course Types for information about module courses.

Code Title Credits
IT537๐ŸŒ Introduction to Cybersecurity4
IT542๐ŸŒ Ethical Hacking and Network Defense4
IT543๐ŸŒ Cryptography Concepts and Techniques4
IT550๐ŸŒ Computer Forensics and Investigations4
IT591๐ŸŒ IT Security Auditing and Assessments4

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