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    Key Highlights

    Learn QRadar or Splunk, opening the door to more job opportunities
    Learn QRadar or Splunk, opening the door to more job opportunities
    Built in crash course in Cloud (AWS) security
    Built in crash course in Cloud (AWS) security
    Hands-on experience in exploiting a web application through CTF events
    Hands-on experience in exploiting a web application through CTF events
    Learn database security through our Capstone project
    Learn database security through our Capstone project
    Learn how to choose the correct firewalls for an organization
    Learn how to choose the correct firewalls for an organization
    Preparatory course on Python so that you can effortlessly carry out automations
    Preparatory course on Python so that you can effortlessly carry out automations
    Learn how to implement identity and access management using AWS Cognito
    Learn how to implement identity and access management using AWS Cognito
    10+ programming tools and languages
    10+ programming tools and languages
    Build your portfolio of projects on Github
    Build your portfolio of projects on Github
    24/7 student support
    24/7 student support

    Security is among the 10th fastest growing fields in the IT industry and certified security professionals are in high demand.
    1. 3.5 million jobs unfilled in 2021
    2. Accepts professionals from all backgrounds

    What are you waiting for? Contact an Admissions Counselor to learn more about how our hands-on approach to learning can help you reach your career goals!

    About the Program

    Receive industry mentorship, dedicated career assistance, solve real business problems, and much more.

    Program Advisor

    Program Advisor

    Dr. Tae-Hoon Kim is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Technology at Purdue University. His current research interests are data driven simulation and decision making, AR development and application, and cybersecurity education.

    Dedicated Career Assistance

    Dedicated Career Assistance

    Whether you are looking to advance in your current organization or make a career change, you'll have access to tools and counseling sessions to support the next step in your professional journey.

    Immersive Learning Experience

    Immersive Learning Experience

    Learn QRadar, Splunk and Cloud (AWS) security through hands-on industry projects, helping you stand out with hiring managers.

    Top Skills You Will Learn

    Programming Essentials [Python], Kali Linux, Scripting, Netwview more

    Who Is This Program For?

    Entry-to-mid-level technical professionals, IT Professionalsview more

    Job Opportunities

    Cybersecurity Analyst, Cybersecurity Engineer, Application Sview more

    Minimum Eligibility

    High school diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor's degreview more


    Best-in-class content by leading faculty and industry leaders in the form of videos, cases and projects

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    Cybersecurity Certificate Program

    Cybersecurity Certificate Program
    upGrad in collaboration with Purdue University
    Cybersecurity Certificate Program
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    • Earn a certificate from upGrad in collaboration with one of the top 10 U.S. public universities
    • Receive hands-on exposure to industry-relevant case studies and assignments
    • Differentiate yourself from your peers with a global recognition


    Learn from leading Cybersecurity faculty and industry leaders approved by Purdue University.


    Best-in-class content by leading faculty and industry leaders in the form of videos, cases and projects, assignments and live sessions
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    Learning Hours
    Live Sessions

    Introduction to Python Programming

    1 Week
    • Basics of Python
    • Data Structures in Python
    • Control Structures and Functions in Python
    • OOP in Python

    Scripting in Python

    1 Week
    • Live Session 1- Aspects of scripting in Python
    • Live Session 2- Modules in Python used for Scripting

    Introduction to Cybersecurity

    1 Week
    • Introduction to Cybersecurity
    • Introduction to the Internet and Infrastructure
    • Basics of Cybersecurity
    • Terminologies and Challenges in Cybersecurity
    • Introduction to Hacking and its Types
    • Introduction to Security Technologies and Domains
    • Introduction to Cyber Attacks
    • Introduction to Cyber Crime and Laws
    • Module Summary
    • Graded Questions

    OS Fundamentals and Security

    2 Weeks
    • Introduction to Linux and CLI-I
    • Introduction to Linux and CLI-II
    • Introduction to Linux and CLI-III
    • Bash Scripting
    • Linux Services
    • Linux Security-I
    • Linux Security-II
    • Linux Security-III

    Cryptography and Encryption

    2 Weeks
    • Basic Information Security
    • Introduction to Cryptography
    • Symmetric Cryptography
    • Asymmetric Cryptography
    • Password-Based Encryption
    • Encoding
    • Hardware Security Modules

    Cryptographic Key Management and Digital Signatures

    1 Week
    • Module Introduction
    • Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange
    • Key Management
    • Hashes and Digital Signature
    • Public Key Infrastructure

    Identity Access Management

    1 Week
    • Introduction to IAM
    • Access Controls
    • Authentication
    • IAM Tools and Frameworks
    • Assessments

    Cybersecurity Project

    1 Week
    • Project Statement
    • Submission Guidelines
    • Solution

    Internet & Networking Basics (Optional)

    1 Week
    • Internet and Networking Basics

    Introduction to Network Security and Spoofing

    1 Week
    • Local Area Networks
    • Switched Ethernet
    • Switch Security and Address Spoofing
    • Address Resolution Protocol

    Secured Network System with Firewall

    2 Weeks
    • Basic Elements of a Network
    • Introduction to Firewall
    • Firewall Configuration using IDS-SNORT

    Packet Inspection and Attacks

    1 Week
    • Network Packet Analysis
    • Network Attacks Against Confidentiality
    • Network Attacks Against Integrity
    • Network Attacks Against Availability

    SIEM Tool and Incident Response

    1 Week
    • SIEM Features
    • Logs and Monitoring
    • Endpoint Security Measures

    Network Security Project

    1 Week
    • Project Overview

    Introduction to Application Security

    1 Week
    • Overview of an Application
    • Memory Layout of C Programs
    • Memory-Based Attacks

    Web-Based Application and Associated Vulnerabilities

    1 Week
    • Module Overview
    • Introduction to Web Application
    • Vulnerabilities Associated with a Web Application
    • Measures to Prevent Web-Based Vulnerabilities
    • Graded Assessment

    Cookies and Tracking

    1 Week
    • Cookies Overview and Essential Terminologies
    • Purpose of a Cookie
    • Implementation of a Cookie
    • Browser Settings
    • Cookie Theft and Session Hijacking

    Data and Database Security

    2 Weeks
    • Database Concepts
    • Working with MySQL
    • Security Layers in Database
    • Database Security
    • Common Database Security Vulnerabilities
    • Securing Real Life Databases
    • Backups and Disaster Recovery

    Phishing and Other Attacks on Identity

    1 Week
    • Social Engineering and Malware
    • Phishing
    • Protecting Yourself

    VAPT - Optional

    1 Week
    • Penetration Testing Tools, Static and Dynamic Analysis

    Regulation, Compliance and Risk Management

    1 Week
    • Introduction to Risk and Threats and Their Types
    • Ways of Dealing with Risk
    • Risk Management
    • Governance and Audit Management
    • Security Compliance

    Industry Projects

    Learn through real-life industry projects
    • Engage in collaborative projects with student–mentor interaction
    • Learn from expert mentors
    • Received personalized feedback to guide your progress

    The upGrad Advantage

    Personalized and dedicated support to help you master cybersecurity skills.

    Learning Support

    Learning Support
    Expert Feedback
    • Personalized expert feedback on assignments and projects.
    • Regular live sessions by experts to clarify concept-related doubts.
    Student Support
    • upGrad buddy available throughout learning journey for all non academic and non technical queries.
    • For urgent queries, use the Call Back option on the platform.


    Q&A Forum
    • Personalised feedback on assignments and case studies.
    Industry Networking
    • Live sessions on various industry topics every two weeks with industry experts
    • One-on-one discussion and feedback sessions with industry mentors

    Admission Process

    Simple steps to complete the enrollment process:

    Program Fees

    INR 1,25,000 + Taxes

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Course Eligibility

    Who is this program for?

    • Entry-to-mid-level technical professionals, IT Professionals, Engineers, Analysts, Tech Support Professionals and recent graduates wanting to kick-start a career in cybersecurity.

    Desirable Prior Experience 

    • Hands-on experience with any one programming language. You understand the basics of web development, computer networks and software development.

    What is the minimum eligibility for this program?

    • High school diploma or equivalent required, Bachelor's degree completion encouraged.
    • You have a fundamental knowledge of computers and the internet.
    • You are self-driven and highly motivated to learn. Learners are required to consistently meet deadlines and commit an effort of at least 12 hours per work. 
    • You can communicate fluently and professionally in written and spoken English 
    • You have access to a computer with a broadband connection on which you’ll install professional cyber tools(Kali Linux, VM, Burp Suite etc). 
    • You are willing to contribute to the success of the program, including collaborating with fellow students and giving us feedback on how we can improve. 
    • You like solving challenging problems and you are not afraid of hit and trial methods.

    What is the admission process?

    Following are the key steps in the application process:

    Step 1: Complete the application

    Fill out the application form with your academic and career details.

    Step 2: Receive your offer letter and reserve your seat

    Block your seat with a payment of INR 15,000 to enroll in the program. 


    How much do I need to pay to reserve my seat?

    You need to pay INR 15,000 to reserve your seat.

    Refund Policy/Financials

    What is the program fee?

    The program fee is INR 125,000 +taxes

    What is the refund policy for this program?

    Refund Policy:

    1. You can claim a refund of the course fee any time before the Batch Start Date by visiting and submitting your refund form via the "My Application" section under your profile. A processing fee of INR 10,000 will be levied. No refund is permitted once a batch has started.

    2. Student must pay the full fee within seven (7) days of payment of the deposit amount or Batch Start Date, whichever is earlier; otherwise, the admission letter will be rescinded.

    3. Request for refund as per point no. 1 of the refund policy must be sent via email in the prescribed refund request form. The refund will be processed within 30 working days of submitting the duly signed refund form, after being duly approved by the Academic Committee.

    No Cost Credit Card EMI

    0% EMI with Finance partners /Credit card option availability will vary program-wise.


    1. Which banks allow using 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?

    No cost EMI is available on credit cards from all major banks (American Express, Bank of Baroda, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Indus Ind Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, RBL Bank, Standard Chartered, Axis Bank, Yes Bank)


    2. Is there any minimum transaction limit ?

    Yes. 50000 is the minimum.


    3. Standard Chartered Bank offers 18 or 24 months No Cost EMI ?

    No. ONLY 12 months is available irrespective of the Program enrolled.


    4. Will I have to pay any extra amount for EMI transaction?

    If you are availing 0% credit card EMI, upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions. Your bank may levy GST or other taxes on the interest component of the EMI.


    5. Are there any fees or down payment?

    Certain banks charge nominal processing fees between INR 99 - 500 on 0% Credit Card EMI transaction. If charged, will be billed in the first repayment installment.


    6. Can I use my International credit card for 0% credit EMI or Credit Card EMI?

    Only the Indian bank credit cards can be used. But you can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions, this will be purely between you and your bank.


    7. Are there any charges in case I opt for cancellation/refund from the course after paying balance with no cost EMI ?

    Yes, there will be additional charges to the extent of interest paid by the upGrad to the bank, you will be refunded only Principal amount, i.e. the amount actually deducted/blocked from your card. This deduction will be in addition to the amount mentioned in the refund policy shared with your offer letter.


    8. Can I Pay Using Multiple Credit Cards ?

    Multiple cards can be used to complete the payments using Part payment option make sure to inform the learner, minimum transaction is INR 50000 to opt for 0% CC EMI E.g. Amount to be paid: 150000. I can pay using 2 Credit cards. Yes, Example :

    HDFC Card – Part payment – INR 100000

    ICICI Card – Part payment – INR 50000


    9. How can I opt for Credit card EMI if my bank is not listed in the 0% Credit card EMI or Credit card EMI?

    You can pay the amount using the Credit card option in one shot / part payments, and later you can convert into EMI from your respective bank. The tenures and interest charged will depend on your bank. upGrad will not charge any processing fees or down payment for these transactions.


    10. Why is the entire amount blocked on my credit card?

    Initially your bank will block the entire amount from your available purchase limit and from your next billing cycle, you will be charged the EMI amount. As you start paying your EMI, your credit limit will be released accordingly. For example, if you have made a payment of ₹100000 on 6-months EMI and your credit limit is ₹200,000 then initially your bank will block your credit limit by ₹100000. After payment of your first month EMI of Rs.15000, the blocked amount will come down to ₹85000.


    11. Why is interest getting charged on No Cost EMI?

    Your bank will charge you interest. However, this interest charge has been provided to you as an upfront discount at the time of your payment, effectively giving you the benefit of a No cost EMI. The total amount paid during the entire EMI tenure to the bank will be equal to the amount to be paid to upGrad.


    Eg. Amount payable to upGrad: INR 405000

    Let's say Amount deducted at the time of transaction: INR 379850 (Principal amount) Bank charges interest of 12-15% per annum on INR 379850

    [Note: Interest factor is reducing rate and not Flat rate]

    EMI AMOUNT = INR 33750 x 12 = INR 405000

    Effectively, you have taken loan on 379,850 instead of 405,000

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