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Cybersecurity Policy

Virginia Tech's 100% online graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Policy is offered by the online Master of Information Technology program (VT-MIT). This three-course certificate can be earned as a stand-alone credential or as part of the full degree program.


The Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Policy is designed to teach students how to develop policy to protect organizational information from external threat. Students will learn how to use cyber threat research to write policy that support organizational business information and transactions (e.g., electronic payment systems) across the internet in a secure manner. Students will also learn how to incorporate national and international legal, ethical, and privacy standards in policy and procedures (e.g., standard operating procedures, intervention plans). Graduates will be able to create action plans, write policy, and implement policies and procedures governing the protection of organizational operations from cyber threat.


The curriculum requires coursework to teach students to write and implement policy and procedures specific to an organization's cyber security matters. Students will explore policies and strategies for protecting cyberspace. Students will learn the fundamentals of managing the policy aspects of information technology and security. Coursework will educate students in privacy laws and standards. Students will gain an understanding of how to implement organizational policies and minimize cyber threats.


9 credit hours of graduate level courses:

  • BIT 5114: Crime and Conflict in Cyberspace (3 credits)
  • BIT 5124: Cyber Law and Policy for Information Technology (3 credits)
  • BIT 5594: Web Applications and Electronic Commerce (3 credits)


Take your first step by requesting information or attending an information session.

(CIP 43.0404)

Program Website: 
Cybersecurity Policy

Program Director: 
Parviz Ghandforoush