Certificate in Cybersecurity

Sage’s undergraduate Certificate in Cybersecurity is a program that trains students to be practitioners in the field of cybersecurity, and prepares students for successful careers as security analysts, intrusion detection specialists, cryptologists, cryptanalysts, vulnerability assessors, and related IT careers. Upon graduation, students will be able to recognize, address, and solve complex cybersecurity issues.


Both the certificate programs, and BS degree program in Information Technology & Cybersecurity, are designed to prepare students to sit for many professional cybersecurity certifications to include:




Program Course Map

certificate-cyber-course-map(2)Students in the Certificate in Cybersecurity will complete a program that provides the high-demand skills and knowledge needed to protect network infrastructures, secure electronic assets, prevent attacks, investigate cybercrimes, perform in-depth incident analysis and build secure infrastructures. With a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from The Sage Colleges, you will be ready to partner with professionals in business, industry, government, and education to design and build cutting-edge cyber solutions to meet the security needs of companies worldwide.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Certificate in Cybersecurity will be able to:

  • Perform an in-depth cyber crime investigation
  • Perform an in-depth digital forensics analysis
  • Perform incident analysis
  • Craft cybersecurity implementation strategies
  • Assess how national policy and law affects cybersecurity implementation.















Courses (24 Total Credit Hours; 18 Core Credits):

This course provides both a practical and conceptual background in Information Technology Fundamentals. The course is designed to cover pervasive themes in IT organization issues and history of IT, IT and its related informing, disciplines, application domains, computer math, and other IT topics. The course is designed to provide learners a solid foundation of information technology and computer systems and how they affect everyday life. In addition the course gives the learners a classic introduction to computer concepts with a modern twist known for its emphasis on industry insight and societal issues, this text makes concepts relevant to today’s career-focused students. Prerequisite(s): For Russell Sage Online degree students only.

This course provides both a practical and, conceptual background and understanding about the structure of the complete system (CPU, memory, buses and peripherals) and reinforces that core content with an emphasis on divergent examples. This approach to computer architecture is an effective arrangement that provides sufficient detail at the logic and organizational levels appropriate for EE/ECE departments as well as for Computer Science readers. The text goes well beyond the minimal curriculum coverage and introduces topics that are important to anyone involved with computer architecture in a way that is both thought provoking and interesting to all.

This course, recognizing that cyber threats against individuals, governments, and businesses are continually taking on newer, more complex, and more dangerous forms, will provide an introduction to the range of disciplines that are fundamental to protecting cyber assets in the modern world. This course will also provide an introduction to the various technical and non-technical skills that are foundational in any cyber security career. Prerequisite(s): ITC-201

This course explores methods and techniques used in investigating cybercrime. It also explores how the criminal justice system responds to cybercrime. Specific types of cybercrime are integrated into this discussion and may include such topics as identity theft, digital child pornography, cyber bullying and cyber stalking. Prerequisite(s): CST-201

This course provides students with both a practical and conceptual background and understanding about the key considerations in computer security. Methods to identify vulnerabilities within computer networks and the countermeasures that mitigate risks and damages will also be addressed. Prerequisite(s): CST-201

This course provides a comprehensive guide to software security, ranging from secure coding to rigorous processes and practices for managing system and software lifecycle operations. A comprehensive software lifecycle, covering all elements, activities, and practices encompassed by the universally accepted ISO/IEEE 12207-2008 standard will be discussed.

This course will investigate the laws and policies dealing with cyber-crime, cyber warfare, privacy and international perspectives. In addition, an in-depth look at the National Security Act, the United States Cyber Security Electronic Security Act, the Cyber Security Enhancement Act, the Protecting Cyber Security as a National Asset Act, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, cyber-crime laws, international cyber-crime laws and other current laws and policies will be reviewed and discussed. Prerequisite(s): CST-201

This course provides a solid foundation in network security fundamentals, but assumes familiarity with basic concepts. This course focuses on how to protect a range of different operating systems against attacks, how to develop more effective security strategies, and how to handle emergencies. Case projects and hands-on projects help students practice their new skills and expose them to the day-to-day duties of a security professional. Prerequisite(s): CST-201

*This course may be waived at the discretion of the program director for students with previous IT-related coursework or relevant experience.


The School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) offers rolling admission with start terms in fall, spring and summer. Applications are encouraged well in advance to the start of each term so that there is ample time for transfer credit evaluations and financial aid packaging.

Working directly with an admission counselor, we evaluate the amount of transferable credit and work experience you have. We strongly encourage you to have at least 40 completed college credits and/or an associate degree. It is required that applicants have 40 completed college-level credits in good academic standing to be accepted.

How to Apply

Choose one of the following:

Students must submit:

  • A completed application for admission
  • An official transcript from each postsecondary institution attended since high school. To do this, complete and print the Official Transcript Request Form (located on the last page of this document) and fax it to 800-473-2512.
  • A one- to two-page career goals essay

International students must submit additional information including WES transcript in order to be admitted.

Students can expect to receive an admission decision within two weeks after their admission file is considered complete. Students who have completed the admission procedures and gained acceptance to an undergraduate degree or certificate program will be classified as a matriculated student, are eligible for financial aid and will be assigned a faculty advisor.

Dawitt-DemissieDawit Demissie, PhD (click for full biography)
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Director, Computer Science
The Sage Colleges

Michael Weisberg, CISSP
Director, Cybersecurity
The Sage Colleges – Online

Michael D. Weisberg has over 30 years of professional experience in the fields of Information Security, Information Technology, Computer Science, and Cybersecurity. He is Vice President for Information Security and Assurance Services at Garnet River.  Mr. Weisberg’s responsibilities include managing and coordinating information security consulting practices, as well as building and enhancing SOC/CIRT facilities. Mr. Weisberg also promotes Owl Secure monitoring and compliance services, and speaks on a variety of Information Security and Assurance issues. As a Senior Enterprise Architect with Federal Reserve Information Technology Enterprise Architecture, he specialized in Information Security and Assurance. He was the Dedicated Architect to Bank Supervision and Regulation where he led the Security Road Mapping effort.
Michael joined the Federal Reserve in June of 2006 and provided leadership in multiple programs including Information Flow Control, Platform and Storage Virtualization, Security Road Mapping and Open Source Software Use. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Michael was the Principle Engineer for NYSTEC – a trusted agent consulting service to New York State government. He was Director of Technology Services for Rhythms NetConnections, a nationwide high speed networking provider. He served as Vice President of the Information Security Intrusion Analysis group, and Assistant Vice President of Advanced Technology at Bank of America.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and is a trainer for Safe and Secure Online, an international organization educating school age children about safe and responsible Internet use.


Larry Scoggin
Adjunct Intructor, IT and Cybersecurity
The Sage Colleges – Online

Larry Scoggin is an information security leader experienced in building, delivering, and directing balanced governance programs incorporating business requirements and cost-effective solutions. He is Senior Security Architect at Stalwart, and has a successful track record in directing the design, build and implementation of risk management processes for large and mid-sized organizations. Across a thirty-five year career, Larry has built, implemented and managed processes for facility security, incident response, security awareness, governance, and information technology risk management in managed services, aerospace, manufacturing, financial and retail environments. Mr. Scoggin has served as a private sector representative on both the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSC) and the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP).


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