Online Information Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Program at a Glance

  • Develop the critical knowledge and technical skills to pursue entry-level positions in the field of information security.
  • Explore key IT areas including network operating systems, network security, threat detection and response methods, disaster recovery planning, cryptography, and information security and risk management.
  • Acquire online information security training to prepare for industry certification exams.
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Information Security Postbaccalaureate Certificate Overview

Today’s businesses rely on information stored entirely on network databases. Purdue Global’s online information security certificate program can prepare you to provide the network security necessary to protect those databases from hackers and attacks with a range of policies, products, technologies, and procedures.

Coursework in the information security certificate online includes:

  • Explaining the OSI Model and methods of carrying data over wired and wireless media.
  • Administering network operating systems and troubleshooting methods for data transmission and recovery.
  • Installing and configuring a network in a virtualized environment.
  • Identifying threats and vulnerabilities and applying effective strategies to prevent data breaches.
  • Investigating system vulnerabilities and implementing security solutions.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: This program is not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.

Prepare for Certification

The information security certificate can help you prepare for the following certification exams*:

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required to enroll. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

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  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

The curriculum in this program focuses on key technical skills and knowledge that can be applied to the field of information security.

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Sample Courses
  • Networking Concepts
  • Windows Administration
  • Network Security Concepts
  • Information Systems Security
  • Cybersecurity Policies

Program Requirements

  • Major Credits
    21
  • Total Credits
    21

Career Opportunities

The postbaccalaureate information security certificate program provides you with the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, and confidence to help you succeed. Coursework is designed to prepare you to seek entry-level employment in the field of information security.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Active Listening
  4. Complex Problem Solving
  5. Systems Analysis

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 100% IT faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 36% IT faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Advanced and Doctoral Degrees: Statistics include all Purdue Global IT faculty members. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, May 2022.
Publications and Development Hours: Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.