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Cyber Defense

Undergraduate Certificate


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 18
Cost Per Credit: $500
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College of Applied Science & Technology

Program Details

The Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Defense provides the opportunity to upskill in a fast-growing and in-demand career field. This program serves students across the University, including those who have not yet developed the technical background necessary to be successful in the field of cybersecurity. In this program, you will gain a sound understanding of the technologies and methods utilized to defend systems and networks. 

Due to the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals in every field, this certificate is an excellent complement to any University of Arizona technical or non-technical degree program. Required courses are designed to build core knowledge, skills and abilities in the area of Cyber Defense. You will learn to design network architectures, employ active and passive defensive technologies and arm those defensive technologies with tactical Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI). You will also learn how to conduct Network Security Monitoring (NSM) and Threat Hunting Operations to respond to security incidents and defend against advanced cyber threats.

Upon the completion of this certificate, you will be able to describe, evaluate and operate a defensive network architecture. You will also employ multiple layers of protection using technologies appropriate to meet mission security goals.

This certificate can be completed one course at a time or can be taken in as few as two semesters.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

CYBV302: Linux Security Essentials
CYBV303: Windows Security Essentials
CYBV326: Introductory Methods of Network Analysis
CYBV400: Active Cyber Defense
CYBV435: Cyber Threat Intelligence
CYBV460: Principles of Zero Trust Networks



Earning your Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Defense will build core skills, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Analysis
  • Implementing OS hardening
  • Troubleshooting common security problems
  • Detecting threats within networks
  • Analyzing security logs
  • Auditing reports
  • Understanding PowerShell
  • Writing scripts, functions, and modules
  • Continuous secure configuration enforcement
  • Managing server hardening
  • Restrict and managing admin and user privileges
  • Understanding and explaining anti-exploitation
  • Establishing role-based access control
  • Creating and enforcing firewall and IPsec rules
  • Analyzing network traffic
  • Enumerating network architectures
  • Determining the security posture of a network

Graduates of the Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Defense program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

  • Computer Network Defender
  • Cyber Network Defender
  • SOC Analyst/Operator
  • Incident Responder
  • IT Security Analyst