Cybersecurity Offense and Defense Certificate

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The Cybersecurity Offense and Defense Certificate (CODC) enables students to broaden their existing knowledge or open new opportunities in a professional career helping to solve cybersecurity challenges in both government and business. The Offense and Defense certificate allows students that have already earned at least a baccalaureate degree in engineering, and/or other STEM fields, to develop new expertise in the field of cybersecurity. The certificate specifically addresses the offense and defense of cybersecurity measures in digital systems. The CODC is provided by The Ohio State University Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust and the Computer Science and Engineering department in the College of Engineering. 

The Offense and Defense 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 CODC 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 science skills (including cryptography and game theory) and practical skills (including reverse engineering, vulnerability discovery, malware analysis) of cyber offense and defense.

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.


Dr. Eylem Ekici
“These cybersecurity certificates are designed to appeal to a broad base of students with STEM backgrounds. We do not expect students to have a uniform background. Program staff will be readily available to provide individualized help and assistance.”
– Dr. Eylem Ekici, professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and CODC Instructor