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Information Security & Risk Management Certificate

  • Credits:
    3 terms
  • Degree:
    Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate

Program Description

Cambridge College's Cyber Certificate Programs equip students with the core abilities employers from far-ranging industry verticals are actively seeking. Certificates are designed for students at any stage of their career — from recent high school graduates to seasoned professionals. You'll be taught by faculty with strong field experience who share your passion for combatting cybercrimes.

The Information Security & Risk Management Certificate is a cyber program that consists of 9 online or on-site courses focused on providing every student with a solid foundational knowledge of how to identify, quantify, respond to and maintain: IT risk, business continuity, regulatory and compliance protocols for an organization.

Information Security & Risk Management Certificate Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Information Security & Risk Management Certificate, you will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate cyber security risks and threats
  • Discern the risk appetite of an organization or business 
  • Design and develop IT risk and cyber security programs using industry frameworks and methodologies
  • Understand the legal, policy and regulatory implications for cybersecurity
  • Formulate an effective communication strategy by acquiring, evaluating, organizing, managing, and interpreting information

Information Security & Risk Management Careers

Graduates of the Information Security & Risk Management Certificate cyber program will be prepared for employment in a variety of industries including Health Care, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Government Agencies, Education, and Retail. An Information Security & Risk Management Certificate from Cambridge College qualifies you for in-demand positions, such as:

  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • IT Audit and Risk Manager
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst
  • Security & Risk Compliance Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • and more

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Fast Track to your Bachelor's Degree

100% of your Information Security & Risk Management Certificate credits can be applied towards the Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity at Cambridge College.

Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re thinking about a cybersecurity program, you might also be interested in learning more about these other undergraduate cyber programs at Cambridge College:


Courses can be taken online or on-site.

Term 1

Introduction to Cybersecurity

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
CMP 250 3 credit(s)

This course introduces the foundational concepts, principles, technologies and techniques employed in the field of Cybersecurity. Topics include but are not limited to: categories of threats, information security architecture, hacking techniques, malware, and contemporary technologies to identify and combat cybersecurity incidents. The interactive framework of the course will provide students with the practical experience in identifying, assessing and responding to a range of Cybersecurity threats.

Information Security Foundations
CMP 255 3 credit(s)

This course expands upon the concepts and applications introduced in CMP250 by providing an in-depth survey of network operating systems, network security, software security, and web security. Students will investigate and analyze some of the more popular attack tools and techniques like Malware, SQL Injection, and Zero Day Exploits. Additionally, concepts of access control, applied cryptography, and legal and ethical issues are covered. Prerequisite: CMP250 or permission of instructor.

Network Security and Communications
CMP 280 3 credit(s)

This course will cover general digital security, cryptography, network attacks, wireless security, application security, device security, identity management, risk mitigation, and cybersecurity tools used by industry professionals. Learners will be prepared for the CompTIA (Information Security Specialist) Security + Exam through this comprehensive course. The Security+ certification is considered an essential qualification for IT security professionals in the workforce.

Term 2

Governance, Risk & Compliance

Cybersecurity Governance Frameworks
CMP 302 3 credit(s)

This course prepares students to develop governance frameworks for information security management. Students learn how to design and develop IT risk and cyber security programs using industry frameworks and methodologies. Students in this course will learn the various governance, risk and compliance frameworks used in highly regulated industries such as healthcare, finance, energy, and utilities.

Digital Law - Policies, Regulations, Ethics
CMP 323 3 credit(s)

This course immerses learners in the legal and ethical aspects governing today's digital world. The course will cover domestic and international cyber law, digital rights and copyright issues, social network and virtual world legality, and the laws and regulations governing cloud networks and Internet advertising.

Cybersecurity Audit and Risk Management
CMP 331 3 credit(s)

This course examines the fundamental principles IT auditors need to effectively assess IT Assets. Audit and compliance are the essential tenets of risk management. Learners will cover audit controls, the audit process, auditing techniques, auditing frameworks, standards and regulations, business continuity, and disaster recovery.

Term 3

Communications & Data Handling

Cybersecurity Communications
CMP 350 3 credit(s)

This course focuses on key elements of crisis management—preceding, during, and after a cybersecurity crisis. Students will learn and practice the elements of the crisis management process: prevention, preparation, response and long-term communication strategies. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications of crisis communications theory, with the use of case studies and perspectives from top crisis expert practitioners.

Protecting and Handling Data
CMP 455 3 credit(s)

The Protecting and Handling Data course is designed to provide students with a data-oriented approach for data handling, data security and analytics. Data is valuable, both to organizations and malicious actors. The massive amount of personal, financial and intellectual data enterprises collect makes a tempting (and lucrative) target for attackers. This course will help students learn where systems may be vulnerable to a data privacy breach.

Risk Response and Monitoring
CMP 460 3 credit(s)

This class examines the process of how IT auditors perform and respond to audits. IT auditing and cybersecurity go hand-in-hand. In-depth financial details and other highly sensitive data about employees, clients, and customers are common within your IT infrastructure. Students will learn the approaches to evaluating and addressing technology risk from the perspective of an auditor. This course will take students through the practice of risk management –identification, quantification, response, monitoring—and business continuity for an organization.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    No SAT or ACT tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)

Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students 

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Undergraduate Studies


International Students 

International students need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $2,303 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of July 2022, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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