University of Phoenix Cybersecurity Programs Teach Skills to Defend Against Attacks

University of Phoenix Cybersecurity Programs Teach Skills to Defend Against Attacks

Today’s technology professionals warn that cyber attackers are becoming more creative and bold in how they access systems and the damage they inflict.

In some cases, after finding a way into a machine or network, attackers may simply wait weeks or months before they start stealing data, changing pathways or uploading a virus or dangerous code to cause chaos.

As this type of infiltration increases, detecting possible intruders and keeping them out is becoming a greater challenge. If a company does not notice a breach until it is too late, teams must explore the situation, determine the cause, assess what data was stolen or compromised, and establish safeguards to prevent future issues.

People with these skills will be in high demand in the future, as cyber crime becomes more sophisticated and criminals go after every size of business, not just big targets. To accommodate this growing need for better defense skills and investigative tools, University of Phoenix is proud to offer two cybersecurity certificate programs.

The Certificate in Cybersecurity Network Forensics, or CYNF, teaches methods to check the integrity of systems by performing networking penetration tests. Students also learn how to handle and respond to security incidents and how to analyze the vulnerabilities of all the machines in a network.

The Certificate in Cybersecurity Digital Forensics focuses on proper protocols to conduct a digital investigation and how to create an official incident response plan following an investigation, which every company should have in place. Students also learn various skills to look deep within a machine or network for hidden forensic material that can further turn up information about a breach.

EC-Council certificate programs teach ways to prepare, execute and monitor security on individual machines. Content follows current best practices and is aligned with EC-Council standards. They also offer material that can be included on certification exams or may even provide vouchers for someone who has completed either certificate program.

Instead of one comprehensive review per year, it might be better to have three or four shorter reviews. University of Phoenix adopted this system itself, and it has shown to be helpful in keeping connections with employees and fostering productive conversations. With remote work, losing the connection that forms from in-person interaction is easy. Frequent reviews allows more one-on-one time. Plus, there are fewer surprises for the employee. Staff will know exactly how they are doing and whether they are improving, without waiting an entire year for feedback. The employee also feels supported every step of the way.

University of Phoenix has partnered with several cybersecurity organizations to make sure the material taught is relevant to commercial demand. These include EC-Council, CompTIA and Amazon Web Services. University of Phoenix employees regularly meet with these organizations to discuss needs and trends.

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