Cybersecurity Design and Implementation Certificate

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The Cybersecurity Design and Implementation Certificate (CDIC) enables students to broaden their knowledge or open new opportunities in a professional career helping to solve cybersecurity challenges in both government and business. The CDIC addresses the design and implementation of cybersecurity measures in digital systems and is provided by The Ohio State University Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust and the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in the College of Engineering. 

The Design and Implementation Certificate is a for-credit, graduate level program, delivered 100% online, and upon completion students receive an official certificate from The Ohio State University Graduate School. The CDIC curriculum includes six courses and students must complete 12 credit hours to earn the certificate. Students may select their own pace in completing the certificate.  

Certificate Learning Objectives

Students enrolled in the certificate program will learn both the fundamental engineering skills (including secure circuit and autonomous system design) and practical skills (including reverse engineering, vulnerability discovery, malware analysis) of cybersecurity related design and implementation aspects.

Upon completion, students will have:

  1. Knowledge of fundamental concepts in cybersecurity, why cybersecurity is important, and how to design and implement successful solutions to satisfy security needs. 
  2. Mastery of cutting-edge techniques in different cybersecurity areas and be competent with these enabling students to perform relevant workplace tasks such as: apply reverse engineering techniques to analysis programs; develop algorithms to secure autonomous systems; design and implement solutions in hardware systems.
  3. Be familiar with critical thinking that enable them to appropriate identify questions, design methodology to solve those questions and finish implementation, systematical evaluate and analysis the result of the design.
  4. Systematic understanding of different cybersecurity techniques and security principles, enabling them to adopt this skill set to solve security issues in different domains, such as medical, education, etc.


"Cyber issues are only increasing as more people are using more devices and our industries are more and more reliant upon interconnectivity. Providing additional education in cybersecurity helps address an emerging field at a time when technology is growing exponentially."
– Julia Armstrong, Managing Director of the Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust
Julia Armstrong