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This program is offered in an asynchronous online format to accommodate the needs of working professionals and to facilitate the participation by individuals who live in any time zone.  Complete your work each week around your other responsibilities.

JMU will offer an online part-time graduate certificate focusing on cyber intelligence beginning in March 2019. To apply, click here: JMU Certificate Application You will need to create an account to access the application; when you reach the list of certificate programs to choose from, select Cyber Intelligence Certificate. 

Why Cyber Intelligence?

Cyber intelligence involves the tactical and strategic analysis of cyber security threats (e.g., data breaches) and adversaries (e.g., cyber security criminals and nation state groups) to support decision making.  Students enhance their critical thinking, problem solving, networking, and analytical skills as they explore, categorize, and assess threats and adversaries in the cyber domain.  Cyber security has focused on technical security issues rather than the human-focused intelligence elements that are critical to effectively secure our digital and networked systems.  Industry and governmental entities are increasingly aware of the need for cyber analysts (e.g., cyber intelligence specialists) who are inquisitive, analytical, and technical, not just computer scientists and engineers who focus on purely technical security issues.

Who is it For?

The certificate program provides opportunities for persons with an undergraduate degree (e.g., marketing, healthcare, psychology, intelligence analysis, or education) to expand their competencies so they can pursue one of the growing number of analytical-oriented cyber positions. These positions include but are not limited to cyber intelligence specialist, cyber threat analyst, cyber security educator, and new positions as hybrid cyber specialists (e.g., marketing cyber specialists, healthcare cyber analysts).

Why JMU?

This will be one of the first academic programs of its kind in the field. It capitalizes on JMU’s highly respected undergraduate Intelligence Analysis Program, which has since its inception been known for extensive integration of technical elements into an analytic program.  JMU has the necessary expertise to lead higher education in the field of cyber intelligence, which promises to become even more important in the future.

Learn More

This certificate is open to those with a bachelor’s degree in any field: no specialized technical knowledge is required for admission.  For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Edna Reid or Dr. Kathleen Moore.

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