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Cyber Security

To achieve our goal of offering industry recognized skill development and high quality learning experiences, we are currently redeveloping curriculum and content for the Cyber Security certificate program. Current courses will remain available through 2023 and redeveloped courses will be announced when open for enrollment. Please contact your program representative with any questions about your academic plan.


Corporations have been put on alert to heighten their infrastructure and data security due to threats from hackers and cyber-terrorists. Government agencies and customers have dramatically increased their requirements of corporate security procedures. Develop the skills you need to succeed in this rapidly expanding, dynamic field.

The curriculum focuses on developing a comprehensive understanding of the principles for designing, engineering, and managing secure information systems environments. Core topic areas include access control, application development security, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, cryptography, information security governance and risk management, legal, regulations, investigations and compliance, operations security, physical (environmental) security, security architecture and design, telecommunications and network security. This program will help prepare you to sit for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) exam administered by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)2®.

Who Should Enroll

This program has been designed to benefit security professionals who require CISSP® certification and work on software development and information technology infrastructure teams, security technicians working with Internet service providers, application service providers, systems integrators, and security auditors. Business professionals who must combat potential cyber-threats that endanger their organizations’ data will also benefit from this program.

The program also includes courses to expand technical skills and enable security professionals and those training to be security professionals to pursue and maintain a variety of industry certifications. The courses include current findings from academic and technological research and state-of-the-art practice.

Program Benefits

  • Develop key knowledge of cyber security, including access control, administration, audit and monitoring, risk, response, and recovery
  • Implement government and customer imposed security requirements
  • Develop best practices for business continuity planning in the event of a major disaster or major change in the business
  • Broaden your knowledge to include the implementation of multiple technologies, including client/server, Web, mainframe, and wireless
  • Design, diagnose, implement, manage, and resolve complex computer security threats
  • Gain the knowledge required to obtain your CISSP® certification

Course Schedule

Required Courses

I&C SCI X465.00
Introduction to Cyber Security (3.00 Units)
I&C SCI X465.00
I&C SCI X465.01
Secure Systems (3.00 Units)
I&C SCI X465.01
Online   to be scheduled  
I&C SCI X465.02
Security Architecture & Design (3.00 Units)
I&C SCI X465.02

Elective Courses

Information Systems Security
I&C SCI X465.11
Host and OS Security (2.50 Units)
I&C SCI X465.11
  to be scheduled    
I&C SCI x465.06
Network Security:Concepts & Technologies (3.00 Units)
I&C SCI x465.06
I&C SCI X465.07
Introduction to Computer Forensics (3.00 Units)
I&C SCI X465.07
    to be scheduled  

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Fall 2023 Winter 2024 Spring 2024 Summer 2024
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Jul 13 Oct 19 Jan 18 Apr 18
Courses Begin* (week of) Sep 25 Jan 8 Apr 1 Jun 24
Courses End* (week of) Dec 11 Mar 18 Jun 10 Sep 9
Administrative Holidays Nov 10, Nov 23-24, Dec 25-26, Jan 1-2 Jan 15, Feb 19 Mar 29, May 27 Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 2

*Actual dates may vary by program.

Learn How To Earn Your Certificate

Earn a Certificate

Apply to become a candidate for the program: A Declaration of Candidacy is required to establish candidacy in this program. Complete the application and pay the application and candidacy fee of $125 (non-refundable). Learn more about the benefits of becoming a candidate. Candidacy is not required to enroll into individual course in a program.

A candidate in the program is awarded a certificate upon the successful completion of three (3) required courses and 6 elective units totaling 15 units, each with a letter grade of “C” or better. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in their first course. To receive the Certified Digital Certificate after the completing all the program requirements, students must submit the Request for Certificate to initiate the certificate audit process. Students not pursuing the certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • Leo A. Dregier III, CISSP®, CEH™, CHFI™, CISM®, CEO, The Security Matrix, LLC
  • Nelson Eby, M.S., ACE, Forensic Analyst, GE, Federal Bureau of Investigation CART, Member of Technical Working Group for Education and Training in Computer Forensics
  • Tony Gaidhane, MBA, M.S., CISSP®, CISM®, CISA®, PMP, Director, Identity Management, WellPoint Inc.
  • Ian Harris, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine
  • Terry House, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Methodist University
  • Barbara Johnson, CISA®, CISSP®, ISSMP®, CBCP, MBCI, Information Security and Business Continuity Consultant, Member of the ISC2® Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) Committee
  • David M. Mahoney, MBA, PMP®, CISSP®, Manager, Infrastructure Services, Information Systems Sector, Civil Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Pramod Pandya, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Information Technologies, California State University, Fullerton
  • Caitlin Pantos, Senior Program Manager, Privacy & Security, Google Inc.
  • Maria Suarez, Chief Information Security Officer, University of Southern California

Career Advancement Network (CAN)

We are proud to provide our certificate students and alumni with newly enhanced career services that include one-on-one coaching, technology tools, webinars and workshops, networking events, mentorship/internship opportunities, and a rich collection of free online career resources. Learn more.

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.