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Cybersecurity: Fundamentals in the Cloud Online

Optimize your career with foundational technology skills and expertise that will prepare you to secure and protect your organization’s cloud systems.

10/06/22 Next Application Due Date
10/19/22 Start Classes

Program Overview

Gain in-demand expertise with NKU’s dynamic online Cybersecurity micro-credential program

$4,284 Total Program Cost
As few as 6 months Program Duration
9 Credit Hours

Build a strong foundation in cybersecurity and cloud computing as you learn how to protect vital data within the network and cloud services in the NKU online Cybersecurity: Fundamentals in the Cloud program. Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) by the National Security Agency, NKU offers this innovative online program to help you develop in-demand technical competencies that expand your career potential and prepare you for additional growth in the cybersecurity field. No previous technology experience is needed for admission into this cybersecurity program.

Our 100% online courses introduce cybersecurity and cloud computing concepts, providing hands-on experience to enhance your practical application of knowledge in network security and risk management. You will also gain skills in using cloud services to build IT systems in the cloud. This online cybersecurity fundamentals micro-credential program was designed with an inside look at the industry: A survey of notable employers outlined the most sought-after technical expertise future cybersecurity professionals will need to guard against real-world digital threats—and be well compensated for it.

In this online micro-credential in cybersecurity, you will:

  • Explain the processes and technologies needed to secure the information infrastructure of a modern organization
  • Understand cloud computing concepts, cloud security and best practices for building secure IT systems in the cloud
  • Design secure cyberinfrastructure applying security principles

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Take advantage of practical tuition for a priceless education

The NKU online Cybersecurity micro-credential program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available for those who qualify.

Tuition breakdown:

$460 Per Credit Hour
$4,344 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Total Fees Total Tuition With Fees
Cybersecurity: Fundamentals in the Cloud $460 $204 $4,344

Tuition is subject to change at any time.

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Dates you need to know

With six start dates a year, the NKU Cybersecurity micro-credential online course schedule is flexible and convenient. View the calendar to find the best start date for you and note the corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

10/06/22 Apply By
10/19/22 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 1 08/22/2022 08/10/2022 08/15/2022 08/19/2022 08/22/2022 10/07/2022
Fall 2 10/19/2022 10/06/2022 10/11/2022 10/14/2022 10/19/2022 12/09/2022
Spring 1 01/09/2023 01/03/2023 01/05/2023 01/06/2023 01/09/2023 02/24/2023
Spring 2 03/13/2023 03/01/2023 03/06/2023 03/09/2023 03/13/2023 04/28/2023

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?


Find out what it takes to enter the NKU online Cybersecurity micro-credential program

We’ve streamlined the admission process for the online Cybersecurity micro-credential program so you can get started right away. Requirements for admission include:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Minimum 2.5 GPA on cumulative undergraduate coursework
Official transcripts Of all coursework from accredited institutions

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Cybersecurity: Fundamentals in the Cloud Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application
  • Official transcripts showing an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA for overall undergraduate credit and at least 3.0 in any graduate work in the same field
  • Demonstration of English proficiency for non-native English speakers

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

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Robust coursework is a hallmark of our online Cybersecurity micro-credential program

For the Cybersecurity: Fundamentals in the Cloud online program, the curriculum is comprised of three courses (9 credit hours).

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will introduce students to cybersecurity concepts and provide an overview of the field, including both social and technical topics. It provides a broad coverage of authentication, access control, application security, vulnerabilities, malware, risk management, basic cryptographic concepts, social engineering, security policies, and legal and ethical issues in cybersecurity.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will learn about cloud infrastructure and technologies used in cloud computing. Students will use cloud services (compute, networking, storage) to build IT systems in the cloud. Hands-on labs will show students how to use Command Line Interface (CLI) to manage cloud services.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students learn cloud security concepts and best practices to secure cloud services and data; hands-on labs are used to demonstrate to students how to effectively implement cloud security solutions and troubleshoot cloud security issues.

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