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The Professional Certificate in Cybersecurity Program provides an opportunity to advance your career prospects in areas that interact with computer and information systems. Participants will learn the essential skills and knowledge in demand in a variety of career tracks, such as business, computer science, information technology, diplomacy, political science, psychology and mathematics

The program covers many relevant topics, including:

  • How do I set up policy and procedures to ensure the safety of my company's business data? 
  • How do I prevent intruders from invading my computer systems? 
  • How can I secure my network to prevent cyberattacks?

What is cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, measures and practices to protect computer and information systems against unauthorized access or attack. Workers with skills and knowledge in cybersecurity are in very high demand in private industry and government. The cybersecurity body of knowledge is interdisciplinary including relevant information from computer science, electrical engineering, information technology, management, psychology, law, and application domains of the computer systems. The program teaches the fundamental skills and knowledge needed by workers in professions that interact with computer and information systems.

Winter 2022 Programs

IT Security Fundamentals – January 4 - 15, 2022
Taught by Eric Lopez, M.A.E., Seton Hall’s security architect and lead security analyst, as well as an adjunct professor, this course provides an overview of the foundational concepts of cybersecurity, threats that are commonly impacting organizations today, and an understanding of how to create security policies that help organizations improve their security posture. This course is a prerequisite for Network+ and Security+.

Live, online, synchronous program schedule:
Tuesday and Thursday, 1/4 and 1/6: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday, 1/11 and 1/13: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays, 1/8 and 1/15: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Tuition - $999
Early Bird Rate ends November 30!
Enter Code ITEarlyBird to receive a 20% discount!

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Network+ *
February 1 - 24, 2022
Tuesday 2/1, Wednesday 2/3, Monday 2/21, and Thursday 2/24: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 2/12 and Saturday 2/19: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Security+ *
March 15 – 26, 2022
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

*Students are eligible to sit for the CompTIA exam after completing one or both courses.

Who should apply?

Anyone who wants an introduction to issues in cybersecurity may apply. Many positions of employment require a solid understanding of cybersecurity to lead businesses in a secure way, safeguard the privacy of individuals, address regulatory requirements and protect against malicious activity. 

A certificate of attendance will be provided after successful completion of the IT Security Fundamentals course as well as the Network+ or Security+ course.

Please note – successful completion of IT Security Fundamentals is required for enrollment in Network+ and/or Security+.


IT Security Fundamentals 

Course Learning Objectives 
At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use the CIA triad to assess potential security risks
  • Identify common attacks used by bad actors to infect machines and steal data
  • Create a security policy tailored to the risks their organization may be facing

Course Plan

  1. Fundamentals of cybersecurity: what makes a good cybersecurity professional, plus basics of security controls, authentication and cryptography
  2. Introduction to risk
  3. Various types of security threats, and methods used to exploit these threats
  4. How to identify and assess vulnerabilities, plus gain an understanding of penetration testing
  5. Host, cloud, virtualization and mobile device security
  6. How to troubleshoot, respond, and investigate common security incidents


Eric Lopez, M.A.E. serves as Seton Hall's security architect and lead security analyst, as well as an adjunct professor. Lopez is responsible for ensuring that both the on-premises and cloud architectures for the university are secure. Having worked in the IT field for more than 13 years, his intimate knowledge of the network environment, policies and architecture enable him to apply security best practices as well as innovative solutions to continuously improve the security posture of the organization. Previously, Lopez served as a security engineer at NBC Universal and a technology lead at Merck & Co. He obtained both his B.S. in religion and philosophy and master's degree in education from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. Because of his background in education, he has been involved in end user and student training in various industries and continues to mentor students at the college/university level. 

John Pannorfi, Seton Hall's director of networking and telecommunications, is a multitalented information technology director with more than 35 years of experience in network strategic planning, network operations, and implementation of cost-effective, efficient technological solutions. In addition, he is innovative in developing and directing network infrastructure and operations. Pannorfi holds voice technology certifications from both Cisco and Siemens, and has many years of experience in planning, designing, implementation, support and maintaining solutions for all networking and telecommunications services, such as LAN / WAN data, video, wireless, internet, voice and audio communications. 

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