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Cybersecurity, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 3_CN_CYBR2

Control Number: 20383

Financial Aid Eligible

The courses in this program provide students with a solid foundation in the tools, techniques, and procedures used by cybersecurity professionals. The program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge of emerging trends in cybersecurity and the skills needed for an entry-level career or advancement. Provides preparation for careers such as Cybersecurity Specialist, Information Security Analyst, Cyber Crime Analyst, Incident and Intrusion Analyst, and Vulnerability Analyst for a variety of industries including manufacturing, national security, finance, insurance, and health care. Topics include computer networking fundamentals, computer and network security, ethical hacking principles and methodology, digital forensics techniques, introductory programming, server administration, and security policies and procedures to build cyber resilience. The program courses include hands-on and technical writing assignments to help students develop in-demand skills for the cybersecurity workforce.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate and communicate the human role in security systems with an emphasis on ethics, social engineering vulnerabilities, and training.
  2. Assess security risks and identify methods to minimize their threat and/or impact.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to locate technical resources to resolve security-related issues with networking hardware and software.
  4. Apply risk management concepts to develop policies and procedures following security best practices.​


Certificate Graduation Requirements

A Certificate is awarded upon completion of the required coursework with a grade of C or higher in each course. A grade of P (Pass) is acceptable, however, the student must meet an overall GPA requirement of 2.0 to receive the certificate. To receive the certificate, a student must file a petition for graduation during their final semester prior to the application deadline as noted on the Coastline Graduation webpage

Certificate of Achievement

Certificate programs are designed to prepare individuals to enter a particular field of employment or to provide in-service training to those already employed.  Certificates of Achievements are majors that include 16 units or more and will be posted on the transcript. They may be used as elective units towards the A.A. or A.S. Degree.

  • Student must be in attendance at the time requirements are completed.
  • Students must also earn a minimum of 12 units of coursework at Coastline, excluding experiential credit.
  • A student with prior experience may be excused from certain certificate courses.
  • 50 percent of the certificate program’s units must be completed at Coastline no matter how the total number of units required for the certificate can be met.
Course Title Units
Required Core
Complete the following:
CYBR C101Introduction to Cybersecurity3
CST C128Computer Networking Principles (Network+)3
CST C158Contemporary Operating Systems (Server+)3
CIS C157Introduction to Python Programming3
Program Electives
Select three courses of the following specialized areas:9
Introduction to Ethical Hacking
Introduction to Digital Forensics
Introduction to Incident Response
Cybercrime and CSIRT Coordination
Cybersecurity Governance, Risk, and Compliance
Cyber-Physical Security: Protecting Critical Infrastructure
Network Security (Security+)
Web Application Security
Vulnerability Assessment (PenTest+)
Intermediate Digital Forensics
Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)
Mobile Device Forensics
Intermediate Incident Response
Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Become a Security Consultant
Advanced Digital Forensics & Incident Response Capstone
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner
Linux Operating System Principles (Linux+)
Units Required for Major21