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Google Cybersecurity Professional Certificate

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Prepare for a Career in Digital Defense with Google Cybersecurity Professional Certificate Program

This fully online program provides the skills you need for an entry-level job in cybersecurity, even if you don’t have prior experience. You’ll use industry-standard tools like Python, Linux, and SQL, as well as security information and event management (SIEM) tools, and intrusion detection systems (IDS).

In less than six months, you’ll be prepared to take cybersecurity by storm in this Google-designed program. As you progress through this asynchronous, self-paced program, you’ll work through a curriculum designed with input from top employers and industry leaders. The certificate registration fee is $189, with an eight-unit program focused on the following learning outcomes.

Google Cybersecurity Professional Certificate Learning Outcomes

  • Programming for cybersecurity tasks
  • Frameworks and controls that inform security operations
  • Security information and event management (SIEM) tools for cybersecurity
  • Detecting and responding to incidents using an intrusion detection system
  • Performing packet capture and analysis

How Will the Google Cybersecurity Professional Certificate Prepare Me for the Workplace?

Cybersecurity is an ever-changing and ever-growing field, so there’s always an opportunity for you to grow as a professional in the industry. Plus, you’ll be making an investment in your future earning potential. Median entry-level cybersecurity jobs currently earn $112,000+ per year, with 168,900 specializing in information security analysis.

The field is prime for growth, with information security analyst roles growing 32% from 2022-32 alone. Other exciting career opportunities you can earn with cybersecurity expertise include:

  • Computer support specialist
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Software quality assurance analyst and tester
  • Cybersecurity consultant
  • and more!

Potential Cybersecurity Career Outcomes

Upon completion, you’ll be primed for a variety of cybersecurity roles, including:

  • Junior cybersecurity analyst – $61,000
  • Security risk analyst – $83,000
  • Cyber defense analyst – $87,000
  • Information security analyst – $88,000
  • Cybersecurity analyst – $90,000
  • Security operations center (SOC) analyst – $98,000
  • IT security specialist – $107,000

Cybersecurity Certificate Curriculum

You’ll take eight units in the Google Cybersecurity Professional Certificate Program, focusing on topics to ready you for the industry. The learning modules are as follows:

  • Unit 1: Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • Unit 2: Play It Safe: Manage Security Risk
  • Unit 3: Connect and Protect: Networks and Network Security
  • Unit 4: Tools of Trade: Linux and SQL
  • Unit 5: Assets, Threats, and Deliverables
  • Unit 6: Sound the Alarm: Detection and Response
  • Unit 7: Automate Cybersecurity Task with Python
  • Unit 8: Put it to Work: Prepare for Cybersecurity Jobs

Additional Certificate Benefits

Not only will you have the opportunity to gain cybersecurity expertise, but you’ll also get tangible experience in the Google Cybersecurity Professional Certificate Program through hands-on projects, quizzes, and assignments.

Regular assessments will ensure you stay on top of your studies and gain insight into your performance. Upon completion, you’ll be able to leverage available connections (over 150 companies are part of Google Career Certificates) and feel prepared for cybersecurity roles.

Degree Pathway

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The Google Data Cybersecurity Professional Certificate serves as a valuable credential that complements your educational path, offering the potential to earn one course of prior learning credit towards the following degree programs:

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Our course structure makes earning your certificate accessible and achievable so you can start sooner and finish faster.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Google Data Cybersecurity Professional Certificate serves as a valuable credential that complements your educational path, offering the potential to earn one course of prior learning credit towards the following degree programs:

For more information about prior learning credit email [email protected].

Students can register and start the certificate anytime. Click here to register.

All learners are eligible to apply. There are no specific admissions requirements. It is recommended that learners have a high school diploma or GED.

The Google Cybersecurity Certificate can be completed in 3 months working approximately 20 hours per week, or in 6 months working 10 hours per week.

Yes. This certificate program is asynchronous and self-paced.

The certificate cost is $189. Students can register here and check out with a credit card or contact [email protected] to discuss their payment options.

Anyone interested in developing the skills and qualifications for in-demand jobs in cybersecurity.

Yes. The Google Cybersecurity Professional Certificate prepares learners for the CompTIA Security+ exam, and you can earn the CompTIA Security+ Certification! The Google Cybersecurity Professional Certificate’s content will also help you study for the Security+ exam. Those enrolled in both programs will get a dual credential when they complete both exams.

Contact Us

To speak to a Professional and Continuing Education program coordinator about this certificate, please email [email protected] or call 805-200-2332.