Become a Security Expert
With an online undergraduate certificate in Fundamental System Security, you will learn advanced skills to protect cyber threats from affecting your company. Following a comprehensive curriculum, you can obtain the latest strategies and knowledge to become a security expert regardless of your educational background, all within our supportive and encouraging vibrant, virtual Christ-centered community.
Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire certificate program.
About the Program
ACU’s online undergraduate Certificate in Fundamental System Security provides you the opportunity to learn the basics of computer programming and system defenses in order to understand how to better protect information systems. Honed in on teaching you unique skills in coding languages, network infrastructure, and professional skills such as managing projects and effectively communication, you will be fully prepared to enter the workforce as well as enroll into our subsequent certificate, Cybersecurity 2: Certificate in Essential System Forensics and Defense.
All the Details on Your Degree
Throughout the 16 credit hours, you will advance your IT understanding of basic security techniques by taking courses related to coding scripts for computer softwares, understanding the fundamentals of systems and data communications, and cloud and network defense to promote additional protection for systemic vulnerabilities on a local, national, and global scale. Plus, you’ll gain supplemental knowledge to prepare for the CompTia Security+ certification exam, a global certification that validates the baseline skills needed to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.
You’re one step closer to a bachelor’s degree.
Want to expand your skills in cybersecurity and information technology? This certificate’s credit hours are stackable toward ACU’s online Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity degree. It’s a great option if you plan on applying for the undergraduate program at a later time. Simply complete the certificate program, and ACU will seamlessly apply your 16 credit hours toward your bachelor’s.
6-12 months timeframe
Introduction to Information, Technology, and Computing
Introduction to Programming Using Scripting
Cloud and Network Defense
Upcoming Start Dates
April 30, 2024
June 25, 2024
Common Job Titles
Information Security Analyst
Software Security Engineer
Embark on a transformative cybersecurity education journey with ACU Online, powered by an innovative partnership with Infosec, the leader in cybersecurity training. This collaboration seamlessly integrates Infosec-backed training into our cutting-edge coursework, ensuring that you gain practical expertise during your academic program. This unique fusion of hands-on skills and academic rigor will position you as a leader in the dynamic field of cybersecurity, opening doors to exciting career opportunities.
Already have industry certifications from CompTIA? ACU will award you up to 4 hours of academic credit for your learning achievements, helping you fast-track your path to a cybersecurity certificate. Join us in shaping the future of cybersecurity education – where the best of Infosec meets the academic excellence of ACU Online.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Joe Feliciano is the Program Director for the Certificate in Fundamental System Security, Certificate in Essential System Forensics and Defense, Certificate in Cybersecurity, Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Administration, and Master of Science in Information Technology programs. He received his doctorate from Pace University in New York. His master’s degree in Information Systems is from Long Island University, and his undergraduate work was completed at Hawaii Pacific University in Business Administration.
After leaving the U.S. Air Force in 1995, he began to work on Windows Servers, PCs, and Mainframe Systems for manufacturing, health care, and telecom organizations. He has been teaching IT management, computer networking, database, and cybersecurity courses since 2007.
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