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Professional Cybersecurity Certificate Online

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Our Cybersecurity Certificate program is currently on hold.

We are not accepting enrollments at this time.

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Is Cybersecurity a Good Career?

According to a report by Cybersecurity Ventures, the overall cost of cybercrime is expected to reach more than $10 trillion over the next two years. That’s why the future of cybersecurity is looking bright for tech industry job seekers. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity job growth is expected to increase by 35% over the next decade.

There’s a significant shortage of cybersecurity professionals worldwide, with over 700,000 unfilled positions in the United States alone. In addition to job security, careers in cybersecurity offer excellent pay and the flexibility to work remotely.

Additional benefits of working in cybersecurity careers include plenty of opportunities for advancement.

  • The ability to work anywhere in the world.
  • The opportunity to work with constantly evolving technology.
  • Excellent work-life balance.
  • The option to become self-employed.

Program Overview

The Cybersecurity Certificate program within the Information and Decision Sciences (IDS) department at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is one of the best programs in the Nation and is entirely online. Our programs include extracurricular activities and industry certification training (Security +, CISSP, CISM, FTK).

Our excellent curriculum and faculty expertise in cybersecurity provide students with skills that meet the immediate needs of employers. Because of our training and education, our graduates are in demand. Working all over the Nation, our graduates are involved in current cybersecurity policy, defense, and operations.

Through our relationships, CSUSB created a unique curriculum and programs that customize the skill set of our students. A graduate of our program may have technical skills in Cisco, Linux, VMWare, Windows Servers, Oracle, SAP, and ArcGIS; as well as skills in project management, enterprise architecture, intelligence, computer forensics, ERP systems, business intelligence, asset tracking, and more.

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Cybersecurity Certificate

Why Enroll?

Cybersecurity professionals need to be able to deal with network security and investigate cybersecurity crimes or events, in accordance with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework categories. Due to the high demand for qualified cyber talent, it has become imperative that we respond to the huge cybersecurity workforce gaps by training leaders in cybersecurity who can fill the roles outlined in the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. The ability to develop, protect, and defend IT systems, is a highly sought-after skill by local employers, with well over half of all job opportunities at the local, state, and national levels focusing on these particular skills.

Our students have gone on to excel in the public and private industries, many in high-paying, high-impact positions. Companies that employ our graduates include Google, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Northrop Grumman, U.S. Department of Treasury, Environmental Research Systems Institute, Mitre, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, Department of Justice, Federal Reserve Board, Booz Allen, and SoCal Edison.

Career Outlook & Opportunities

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing throughout the state, the nation, and the globe.

Across the nation, employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fill the major gaps in the cybersecurity workforce. In California alone, there are more than 72,000 job openings, with almost 1,600 job openings in San Bernardino County. The national figures are even bleaker, with more than 500,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions. The number is significantly increasing.

U.S. News and World Report stated that the information security profession is growing at a rate of 36.5% through 2022 (link). The U.S. Department of Labor projected information security profession would be one of the top ten fastest-growing occupations, with a growth rate of 35.5%, from 2018-2028 (link). Across the globe (based on industry consensus) there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, according to Cyber Security Ventures (link), and employers are struggling to find qualified workers to fill the major gaps in the cybersecurity workforce.

The U.S. has a total employed cybersecurity workforce consisting of nearly 1 million people, and there are currently almost 500,000 unfilled positions. In California alone, there are more than 72,000 job openings, with almost 1,600 openings in San Bernardino County (figures from CyberSeek’s Cybersecurity Supply And Demand Heat Map). Percentages of filled (relative to unfilled) cybersecurity positions shows the huge gaps that exist as employers search for qualified cyber talent. The cybersecurity unemployment rate was at zero percent in 2019, where it has been since 2011.


Salary and growth projections regarding a few of the jobs in Cybersecurity and Analytics
Job Title Average Salary (2022) Top Skill Requested

Total Job Openings (2022)

Cybersecurity Analyst $109,537 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) 31,454
IT Auditor $111,400 Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) 8,272
Cybersecurity Manager/Administrator $138,070 Information Security 22,013
Penetration and Vulnerability Tester $101,446 Information Security 26,409
Source: Cyberseek’s Career Pathway Map (link)      

For more information on careers & opportunities, please visit the CSUSB Cybersecurity Center's Student Resources page.