Introduction to Cybersecurity (Security+)

Secure business data with a new career path in cybersecurity

Get trained in one of the fastest growing tech occupations, and learn how to combat the costly threat of data security breaches. Prepare to earn the industry-recognized CompTIA Security+ certification.

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Join Calbright's Cybersecurity Program

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Learn the principles and best practices of information technology security and risk management on your way to CompTIA certification and job opportunities in this rapidly expanding field.

The program teaches the core skills necessary for careers in cybersecurity, including the training required to pass the industry-recognized CompTIA Security+ exam. This program is currently free to California residents.

Note: Entry requires prior IT experience or CompTIA A+ certification. Enrollees must first complete IT Support, or show proof that they have completed CompTIA A+, equivalent coursework, or have related job experience.

What You'll Learn

Courses in this Program

Online College and Career Essentials Skills
4 weeks

College and Career Essentials Skills

This introductory course aligns 21st century job skills to the specific program you've chosen. You’ll gain competency in communication, time management, resilience, and other soft skills that will show employers you’re the complete package.

Introduction to Information Technology Support
16 weeks

Introduction to Cybersecurity

This course helps students master a working knowledge of the fundamental principles and topics of information security and risk management, and to demonstrate appropriate diagnostic, risk management, and solution application at the organizational level. This includes hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures with respect to organizational cybersecurity.


Topics Covered

Build your knowledge and skills in the core Cybersecurity areas that help businesses operate safely. The program covers these topics and more:

Note: While Calbright programs are flexibly paced, enrollment agreements are limited in duration.
Students are enrolled in successive 6-month terms for a maximum program length of three years.

Careers and Outcomes

What can you do with a Cybersecurity certificate from Calbright?

Information security is critical for all businesses

According to CompTIA, the projected growth rate for cybersecurity job roles over the next decade is 31%, the fastest rate among tech occupations. Some estimates are even higher. Businesses need trained specialists to combat the costly threat of data security breaches.

We’ll help you get there

No one should have to be in college alone, and at Calbright you’ve got a team working with you, supporting your success. Just because we’re “online” doesn’t mean we have to be “distant.” Whether it’s help with your classes, help with technology, or even someone to help connect you to services you need in your life, we are here to be part of your journey to a better career. Together, we’ll transition you into a job in tech.

Benefit from Career Services

At Calbright, you’ll be taught by working professionals and have a career coach to help you with career planning, resume development, internships, job searches, and employment. We provide industry related job preparedness events, including mock interviews, virtual panels with employers, and workshops to practice building your professional skills.

Types of Jobs


Unfilled positions in cybersecurity


Median starting salary in information security


Expected job growth through 2030


Unfilled positions data via CISO MAG and EC-Council University (ECCU) joint study. Median salary and job growth figures via U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and CompTIA.

From San Francisco
Cybersecurity graduate

“Calbright’s instructors and counselors were always available to provide valuable emotional and academic support. I wasn’t doing it alone, and now that I’ve got my cybersecurity certificate, I’m looking forward to finding a job where I will gain experience and use my knowledge. Calbright’s career coach and career services staff are helping with that, too. I feel blessed.”

From Los Angeles
Cybersecurity graduate

“I’ve tried everything, and Calbright is up there with the best. The service and support is as good as a full university with degree programs, but it’s free and easy to use. Their courses are aimed towards getting you high-value certifications which are highly pertinent in the field of Information Technology.”

From Simi Valley
Cybersecurity Student

“Calbright has given me hope.

I survived covid but I struggled through the pandemic financially and had to switch gears from being a commercial public transportation driver to multiple hat wearing assistant at my employer. With Calbright I was able to transition into IT and now I am almost done with the Security + training. I longed for an opportunity like this for years, and now I finally get to take my test and advance my career in IT.

I am beyond grateful for the counselors and academic advisor.

I hope I can pay it forward here at Calbright in the near future. Thank you Calbright!”

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Entry into Cybersecurity requires prior IT experience or CompTIA A+ certification.

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