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Cybersecurity Management

Virginia Tech's 100% online graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Management 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 Management is designed to teach students the fundamentals of cybersecurity management, which includes administration and coordination of all activities and personnel required to protect an organization's information systems and computer networks from cyber-threats (e.g., attacks, intrusions, malware) and data breaches. Students will learn the fundamentals of cybersecurity governance and risk management to evaluate and apply security frameworks that align with an organization's objectives and goals. Students will also learn how to use various business and cybersecurity tools and strategies (e.g., security analytics, risk assessment) needed to plan, manage, and assess cyber technologies to secure corporate data and information. Graduates will be able to develop, assess, and manage cybersecurity operations for technology-driven businesses and organizations.


The curriculum requires coursework to teach students to assess current security operations and evaluate if existing systems are adequate. Through the coursework, students will learn how to perform risk assessments and enforce security protocols among organizational personnel. Students will learn to design and implement security operations to protect organizational data.


9 credit hours of graduate level courses:

  • ACIS 5624: Cybersecurity Governance and Risk Management (3 credits)
  • BIT 5134: Cybersecurity Program Design and Operations (3 credits)
  • MGT 5804: Strategic Leadership in Technology-Based Organizations (3 credits)


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

(CIP 52.0299)

Program Website: 
Cybersecurity Management

Program Director: 
Parviz Ghandforoush