Online Certificate

IT Security Specialist

Accelerate your career in IT by developing the skills needed to secure computer systems and protect against cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity is one of the most rapidly growing fields, and you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of settings upon completion. Increase your earning potential and stand out in your field!

This Program Is a Great Fit For

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Working Adults

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Aspiring Technology Professionals

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Recent High School Graduates

About the IT Security Specialist Certificate

Course length

180 hours

Weekly time commitment

15-20 hours per week



*You can pay as little as $297 per month. For full payment options and different financing plans, including interest rates from external lenders, please talk to our enrollment team.

The IT Security Specialist certificate program will provide you with the knowledge and expertise required to secure networks, identify vulnerabilities, implement risk mitigation techniques and ensure data privacy. As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, you’ll learn important concepts such as network security, access control, cryptography and threat management, which you’ll use to protect the organizations you work for.

At the conclusion of this course, you’ll be prepared to take the CompTIA Security+ Exam SY0-601 to earn your national certification. Once certified, you’ll be qualified for a wide range of cybersecurity roles, including security administrator, security specialist and security consultant.

Regional Data (Ohio)

The median hourly pay for IT security specialists is just under $54 an hour. With additional training, this can easily turn into a six-figure job within just a few years of working!

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Career Paths 


Cybersecurity Specialist


Junior Penetration Tester


Network Administrator


Security Administrator


Security Consultant


Security Specialist


Systems Administrator

Is This Certificate Right For Me? 

  • Circle icon Are you passionate about protecting digital assets and maintaining the integrity of information in an increasingly interconnected world?
  • Circle icon Are you interested in mastering the fundamentals of cybersecurity, from risk management to encryption, and applying them to real-world scenarios?
  • Circle icon Are you a detail-oriented individual who enjoys analyzing and preventing security breaches, ensuring systems are resilient against attacks?
  • Circle icon Are you looking to earn a respected industry certification that demonstrates your expertise in safeguarding against cyber risks?
  • Circle icon Are you excited about contributing to the critical mission of creating a safer digital environment for individuals, organizations, and society?