Cybersecurity Certificate Program

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Outsmart the hackers. 

Program Overview: 

Cybersecurity attacks are one of the most pressing risks to businesses globally, and the level of threat from cybercriminals, script kiddies, and even nation-state actors is increasing daily. Businesses experience thousands of cybersecurity attacks per day, making knowledgeable cybersecurity professionals in demand and highly sought after.

With an unemployment rate of 0%, the global cybersecurity staffing shortage stands at 3 million and growing. IT security jobs are in plentiful supply and those with the right skills will be able to take their pick of the choicest jobs. As Robert Herjavec, Founder and CEO of Herjavec group and Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank states, “If you know cybersecurity, then you have a guaranteed job – for life.”

Gain the Skills You Need to Get Into This High-Demand Career!

UT Austin’s Cybersecurity Certificate Program is a 33-week program designed to teach you the knowledge and skills you need to begin a career in cybersecurity. The curriculum is based on the belief that students learn best by doing, performing authentic work in the context of realistic tasks, with one-on-one mentorship to help guide the way.

  • 100% Online Format: Students work through tasks in a private cloud environment, receiving help, advice and feedback from expert mentors at every step. 
  • Real-World Training: Development of this 100% project-based program was funded in part by the Department of Defense, and the curriculum was designed in conjunction with DoD and industry experts. 
  • Beyond Technical: Alongside technical skills, the curriculum includes a strong emphasis on analytical thinking, verbal and written communications skills, and developing the confidence and ability to research and solve complex problems.
  • Flexible Progress Paths: The program is divided into three courses, so you can make progress at the pace that’s right for you. 
Who Should Enroll: 
  • Professionals looking to shift into an information security role.
  • Anyone who wants to explore if a career in cybersecurity is right for them.


1. Cybersecurity: Immediate Immersion (6 weeks)

Your starting point is Cybersecurity: Immediate Immersion, where you'll learn basic cybersecurity skills and decide if a career in information security is right for you. In this initial course, you'll learn how to: 

  • Distinguish between true and false positive alerts
  • Analyze network traffic (packet capture [PCAP] files)
  • Identify vulnerabilities based on vulnerability scans
  • Distinguish between attacks and vulnerability scans
  • Analyze suspicious user behavior
  • Recognize malware being transferred to a host
  • Recognize the identifying features of an exploit kit attack

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2. Cybersecurity Defense (12 weeks)

If you choose to pursue further cybersecurity education and passed Immediate Immersion, the next course in the series is Cybersecurity Defense which is designed to further students’ experience and impart a strong foundation of defensive information security skills. In this course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Analyze a remote intrusion attempt
  • Compile indicators of compromise to guide forensics analysis
  • Examine a compromised host’s memory
  • Conduct a forensic disk examination
  • Write a comprehensive report for technical and non-technical stakeholders 

Upon successful completion, students receive a UT Austin Cybersecurity Certificate and will be prepared for an entry-level career as a security operations center or digital forensics analyst. 

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3. Cybersecurity Attack (15 weeks)

The final course in the series focuses on key offensive skills, and starts you on the path to becoming an offensive cyber operations professional. In this course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Reverse engineer unknown binary files
  • Conduct open source intelligence
  • Exploit server and application software
  • Evade antivirus software
  • Hack a database and exfiltrate data

Upon successful completion, students receive a UT Austin Cybersecurity Certificate and will have end-to-end experience working in all key areas of information security.

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Plan Your Certificate:

This table shows upcoming start dates for this program’s courses. Please note that program start dates are subject to change. After registering for the certificate program, email us or call the CPE Registrar at 512-232-6520 to enroll in your chosen courses.

Course Title Fall Spring Summer
Cybersecurity Attack 11/14/2022 03/13/2023 07/25/2022
Cybersecurity Defense 11/14/2022 04/03/2023 07/18/2022
Cybersecurity: Immediate Immersion 09/08/2022 01/26/2023 & 06/01/2023 05/19/2022

Courses in this program must be taken in sequence. Students must pass the preceding course before they will be allowed to continue.

The ideal student is intensely curious, unwilling to give up on a problem no matter how difficult it is, and predisposed towards self-directed learning.

Students must be U.S. citizens or green card holders to be eligible to enroll in the Cybersecurity Attack course.

Additional Information: 

This is an intensive, learn-by-doing program. Students should expect to participate a minimum of 25 hours per week throughout the program. 

Many successful information security professionals have backgrounds in widely different fields. However, those without prior knowledge of computer networks, protocols, and operating systems fundamentals will need to complete pre-course self-study. Tutorial materials will be provided to registered students before the program begins. 

This certificate is offered in collaboration with Socratic Arts.


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The curriculum used for the Cybersecurity Certificate Program is a proud recipient of the Brandon Hall Gold Award for "Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology".

At A Glance

33 weeks, divided into three courses.
Online Instructor-Led
First course in the program: $1,699. Full program is $9,697.
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