Cybersecurity, Professional Certificate

Cybersecurity, Professional Certificate
24 Weeks
Classes Begin Quarterly
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About the Program

The Cybersecurity Boot Camp at UNC Charlotte is a fast-paced, part-time online program that equips you with the skills you need to excel at information security in just 24 weeks. Whether you're a current IT professional looking to advance your career or a newcomer to the field, this program offers a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes hands-on learning and real-world application.


The online cybersecurity boot camp curriculum is designed to prepare you for real-world challenges. It covers a range of topics, including network security, threat intelligence, and ethical hacking. Through hands-on projects and collaborative exercises, you will gain practical skills that you will be immediately able to apply in the workplace. These skills include:*

  • Networking
    • Packet analysis
    • Wireshark
  • Systems
    • Windows and Linux administration techniques
    • Windows and Linux hardening
  • Cybersecurity
    • Secure network design and architecture
    • Risk management
    • Cryptography
    • Vulnerability assessment
    • Identity and access management
    • Cloud security
  • Ethical Hacking and Penetration
    • Kali Linux
    • Metasploit
    • Hashcat
    • Burp Suite
    • Web vulnerabilities and security
  • Cybersecurity Careers
    • Digital forensics methods
    • Penetration testing
    • Vulnerability assessment
    • Security operations and analytics
  • Programming and Scripting
    • Bash scripting
    • PowerShell scripting

*The material covered is subject to change. Our academic team adjusts to the market demand.

Who Should Apply

  • IT professionals seeking to pivot into cybersecurity to meet the rising demand for skilled security experts.
  • Recent graduates looking to differentiate themselves in the job market with a specialized and highly sought-after skill set.
  • Entrepreneurs striving to protect their business data and who need comprehensive cybersecurity knowledge to protect their company.
  • Career changers who want to enter a field that offers growth, stability, and a chance to make a meaningful impact by defending online infrastructure.
  • Freelancers or consultants looking to expand their services and provide added value to their services to clients with enhanced security expertise.


What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity protects computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from digital attacks and unauthorized access. These attacks can come in various forms, such as malware, phishing scams, or hacking attempts. Cybersecurity professionals use a variety of tools and techniques to defend against these threats and ensure the safety of sensitive information.

What Cybersecurity Skills Will You Learn?

The online cybersecurity boot camp will equip you with industry-driven skills such as packet analysis, risk management, secure network design, bash scripting, and penetration testing. These skills are essential for detecting and mitigating cyber threats, as well as for designing secure systems and networks that can withstand attacks.

What Types of Jobs Exist in Cybersecurity?

Upon completion of the online cybersecurity boot camp, you will have the foundational skills for many different roles in the field, preparing you to pursue certifications that are often required for specific career paths. Job titles include:

  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Security Operations Center (SOC) analyst
  • Network security engineer
  • Penetration tester
  • Incident responder
  • Information security manager

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    Cybersecurity Bootcamp