Cyber security is more important than ever, with government and private sector networks being exploited at an unprecedented scale. As these threats grow, the cyber workforce needs to understand and protect the critical components upon which the economy, government, and national security are built.
The cyber security certificate program provides students with a foundational knowledge of vital cyber aspects, including operations, laws, and policies. All classes are taught by practicing professionals who have prestigious certifications, subject expertise, and a wealth of real-world experience, ensuring you’ll learn important, hands-on lessons. This program is delivered remotely via Zoom.
Penn State York is pleased to partner with Penn State Great Valley to bring you this program.
Program Scope and Sequence
The Cyber Security Certificate is comprised of three required courses. A certificate will be awarded upon completion.
Who Should Attend
This program will be beneficial to professionals working in the cyber realm who want to expand their knowledge, as well as individuals interested in transitioning to a cyber-related position.
Students should have an understanding of the roles of the three branches of the United States government and basic Constitutional concepts. Knowledge of networks is also helpful.
Students will complete the program with a deeper understanding of cyber operations, laws, and policies. The program will also help prepare students to sit for the Certified Information Systems Security Professions (CISSP) exam.
Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded based on a standard of one unit per 10 hours of classroom contact.
Note: The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances
SWENG 5180: Cyber Risk Management
This seven-week course provides students with foundations in cyber risk management, aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) RMF 800-37R2, and uses NIST SP800-53A, the assessment of security and privacy controls in information systems and organizations.
Students will learn the skills need to perform regular risk assessments, define Risk, Risk scoring and identify gaps.
- Assign NIST security controls and countermeasures
- Use of Risk Assessment Tools
- Develop a NIST Risk Management Framework
- Identify KPIs and KRIs for Risk Management
- Integrate Risk Management Strategy into Business Functions
Students will conduct a cyber risk management exercise on a fictional company, with the culmination of applying to either their company, or a fictional company on their own, followed by a peer review.
- Perform a complete risk assessment.
- Inventory companies most critical information assets.
- Assign a data owner and custodian to an information asset.
- Assign classification values to critical information assets.
- Prioritize risk remediation efforts as a result of performing a risk assessment.
- Evaluate risk management models for use in their own organization.
SWENG 5179: Foundations of Cyber Operations
The United States may be facing the most serious economic and national security challenge of the 21st century; our government and private sector networks and information are being exploited via cyber operations activities at an unprecedented scale by a growing array of state and non-state actors. The evolution of increasingly complex network structures creates critical interdependencies that lead to expanded cyber operations opportunities and increased vulnerabilities. Therefore, we must train our cyber work force so that they may take action to protect the critical components upon which our economy, government and national security are based by an adversary that utilizes a wide array of network exploitation, disruption or destruction techniques. In order to appropriately defend these complexities and interdependencies in a cyber environment, students must become familiar with foundational network security methods and concepts, and protocols, cybersecurity principles, and knowledge of cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
In this seven-week course, students from all educational disciplines and professional backgrounds will have hands-on experience using Penn State WebLabs to learn fundamental concepts designed to help familiarize them with the potential cyber operations that they may encounter on a daily basis.
- To better understand Network Security and Technical Concepts
- Application, Data and Host Security
- Malware Analysis
- Identification, Authentication, and Authorization in Modern Operating Systems
SWENG 5178: Principles of Cyber Law and Policy
Cyber activities and cyber operations are subject to a diverse array of U.S. federal laws, state laws, constitutional law, and regulatory policies, as well as international laws that together comprise a framework of law called Cyberlaw. Individuals, businesses, and governments involved in any aspect of cyber operations (“cyber actors”) must have a clear understanding of cyber technology platforms (cyberspace) and the legal and policy background (cyberlaw) to ensure that cyber activities and operations (“cyber actions”) are conducted within, but not beyond, the maximum limits of legal authority.
In this seven-week course, students aga in will work hands-on with Penn State WebLabs to learn fundamental and mid-range concepts designed to help ensure that the cyber operations in which they participate are consistent with the laws and values of the society they serve.
- Overview of Cyberspace and the Intersection of Law & Policy
- Cyber Governance in the U.S.
- Legal Foundations of Cyber Law and Policy
- The Cyber Threat-Response Network
SWENG 5172: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam Preparation
This 30-hour course consists of face-to-face lecture, classroom discussion, and practice exams. At the end of the course, the instructor will review with students how to schedule the CISSP exam and provide links to practice tests to prepare.
Registration, Schedule, and Cost
Fall 2022/Spring 2023 Schedule
All courses will be delivered remotely via Zoom
|Course #||Course Title||Sessions||Times||Dates||Cost|
|SWENG 5179||Foundations of Cyber Operations||7||6:00–9:00 p.m.
($100 discount if registered by August 18)
|SWENG 5178||Principles of Cyber Law and Policy||7||6:00–9:00 p.m.
October 20-December 8
(no class November 24)
|SWENG 5180||Cyber Risk Management||7||6:00–9:00 p.m.
|Thursdays, January 12-February 23||$1,295|
|SWENG 5172||Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Exam Preparation||10||6:00–9:00 p.m.
March 16-May 18
($500 discount if taken as fourth course in certificate)