Certificate in Cybersecurity



Make risk-informed decisions in the information age. The Certificate Program in Cybersecurity is designed for non-technical professionals in any field—no information technology or computer science background required. It is designed for those who need to deepen their understanding of technology with accurate, up-to-date knowledge of what cybersecurity is and the risks it addresses, how to effectively implement it, and what the legislative big picture is surrounding emerging threats and technologies. The program examines how to identify potential cyber threats, manage risk, and help lead through crises. Attendees will also learn many aspects of cybersecurity governance, including best practices when vetting cybersecurity firms; how to address regulatory and compliance requirements; threat modeling, security metrics, and budgeting; incident response and remediation; the benefits and pitfalls of cloud-based solutions; public-private cyber threat information-sharing relationships; and much more.

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David Cass: Senior partner of the global strategic consulting firm Law & Forensics LLC. Cass was formerly the regulator of large institution supervision and vice president of cyber and information technology risk at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; he is also the former chief information security officer for IBM and former risk management vice president at JP Morgan Chase.

George Pierce: Chief legal officer, chief compliance officer and secretary for Toyota Tsusho America, Inc. Established the company’s legal department, and oversees cyber security, legal and regulatory compliance matters concerning the company’s operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Daniel Garrie: Co-founder of Law & Forensics LLC, where he heads the computer forensics and cybersecurity teams.


The program comprises six, two-hour online Zoom classes; one every Wednesday from March 23 to April 27 (see full schedule, below). It is not for academic credit. The classes are:

Cybersecurity Technology and Policy: Students will learn the technical aspects of cybersecurity and get a primer on the legal and legislative debate surrounding emerging technologies. This interdisciplinary class leverages expertise from the College of Computing and the law school. Topics include computer networks, internet architecture, authentication, malicious cyber events, security modalities, resilience techniques, and procedures, as well as how to communicate effectively with technology professionals and entity stakeholders. Other talking points include notions of privacy, commodification of information, the emergence of technology-centered legislation, and cybersecurity governance framework compliance and regulatory responsibilities.

  • Overview of computer hardware, software, and cloud computing
  • Introduction to Blockchain and smart contracts

Cyber Risk Management: Familiarizes students with data and information risk management, starting with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Risk Management Framework (RMF) and the iterative Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity put forth by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). They will learn to identify potential cyber threats and help lead through crises, as well as best practices, when vetting cybersecurity firms. Attendees will study threat modeling, security metrics and budgeting, incident response and remediation, legal compliance, the growing but still volatile cyber insurance market regulatory and compliance requirements, procurement and supply chain vulnerabilities, the benefits and pitfalls of cloud-based solutions, and public-private cyber threat information sharing relationships. 

  • Introduction to the cryptocurrencies, NFTs and DAOs
  • Understanding what cyber insurance is, and how to buy it

Cyber Threats and the Law: This course examines the spectrum of modern-day cyber attacks and contextualizes them using the international and domestic law applicable to the cyberspace domain. It explores the role, evolution, and practicality of methods aimed at deterring cyber aggression, including domestic cyber and privacy law. Other topics include the balance between privacy and security interests, the relationship of the Fourth Amendment to emerging technologies, smart city defense networks, fusion centers, the protection of critical infrastructure, and post-boom resilience methodologies.

  • Introduction to Cyber warfare and International Law
  • Survey of cyber regulations


March 23, 12 p.m. CST  – 2 p.m. CST

Overview of computer hardware, software, and cloud computing

March 30, 12 p.m. CST – 2 p.m. CST

Introduction to Blockchain and smart contracts

April 6, 12 p.m. CST – 2 p.m. CST

Introduction to the cryptocurrencies, NFTs and DAOs

April 13, 12 p.m.CST – 2 p.m. CST

Understanding what cyber insurance is, and how to buy it

April 20, 12 p.m.CST – 2 p.m. CST

Introduction to Cyberwarfare and International Law

April 27, 12 p.m.CST – 2 p.m. CST

Survey of cyber regulations


The current tuition rate for the full certificate program is $1,000.

How to Apply

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All admission decisions are at the sole discretion of Chicago-Kent College of Law. Scholarships are generally not available for the certificate program.


If you have questions about the certificate program, please contact Richard Warner.