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Start or accelerate your career with IT certification training from George Mason University, ranked No. 11 among the nation's top cybersecurity schools by CyberDegrees.org.


Build the Skills Employers Need

The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing rapidly. To land the right job, you need to keep pace with new technologies and strategies used to protect critical information assets. Stay a step ahead by gaining the industry's most sought-after skills and globally-recognized certifications.

Why Choose Mason?

Flexible and Convenient
Flexible and Convenient
Learn anywhere, on any device, on your schedule. All courses are open enrollment and fully online.
Commitment to quality
Commitment to Quality
Our curriculum is created by subject matter experts and provides a proven path to certification.
Student Support
Student Support
We'll help you seamlessly move from selecting your course to sitting for your certification exam with confidence.

Certification Courses for Every Career Level

When you're looking to launch or advance your cybersecurity career, getting certified is more than just a good idea, it's often a requirement. According to ISACA, nearly 70 percent of hiring enterprises require a security certification for open cybersecurity positions. Our in-depth online training courses provide the knowledge and preparation you need to earn in-demand credentials from CompTIA, (ISC)2, EC-Council, and more. With options for varying skill and experience levels, find out which certification training course is right for you.
Entry-Level Certification Courses — Career Starters

If you're transitioning to cybersecurity from another sector of IT, getting certified is a great way to fast-track your career. These baseline certifications serve as starting points to a range of entry-level cybersecurity jobs in ethical hacking, risk management, cyber forensics, and more. The average entry-level cybersecurity salary in Washington, D.C. is $90,000 (Burning Glass Technologies, 2019).

Mid- to Senior-Level Certification Courses — Career Advancers

These advanced certification prep courses are designed for professionals already working in cybersecurity. Whether you're trying to climb the ladder, diversify your skill set, or shift your current track, these credentials will springboard your career to the next level. For a security professional with 3-5 years' experience, the average cybersecurity salary in Washington, D.C. is $98,000 (Burning Glass Technologies, 2019).

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Why Washington, D.C. is a Great Place to Grow Your Cybersecurity Career

Why Washington, D.C. is a Great Place to Grow Your Cybersecurity Career

According to Cyberseek, Washington, D.C. has the highest concentration of cybersecurity job openings of any major metro area in the country. While the District is the nation's largest government and defense hub, recent reports indicate that the city is also prime for growth in the private sector. For aspiring cybersecurity professionals, there are ample new career opportunities in the nation's capital.

Companies Hiring Cybersecurity Professionals in Washington, D.C.


Leidos is one of the 10 largest employers in the D.C. metro area. This technology and engineering firm provides consulting expertise in the defense, civil, intelligence and healthcare spaces. They hire cybersecurity engineers, network engineers, penetration testers, software engineers, and data scientists on a regular basis.


Known for a collaborative and empathetic culture, this enterprise application software company was voted as one of the best tech companies to work for in 2018. SAP often hires for roles like UX developer, IT consultant, software developer and cloud platform developer.


Headquartered in nearby McLean, Virginia, this tech company creates event management software. With employer-matched 401(k), competitive salaries and a mentorship program, emerging leaders looking for cloud engineering and UI developer roles should consider Cvent.

In-Demand Cybersecurity Jobs in Washington, D.C.

Cybersecurity Specialist/Technician

This entry-level position performs vulnerability testing, risk analyses, and security assessments. They serve as an organization's frontline defense, identifying and reporting potential system and network abnormalities, and responding immediately to security incidents.

Cybersecurity Engineer

Sometimes called architects, cybersecurity engineers build new security systems and update existing systems. They are responsible for designing network-wide firewalls and responding to any changes in these networks to prevent cyber threats and attacks.

Cybersecurity Analyst

Cybersecurity analysts think like the detectives to identify vulnerabilities and defend against cyber attacks. In the event of a security breach, they are tasked with determining the root cause and recommending tools and countermeasures.

Cybersecurity Administrator/Manager

This management role creates and implements cybersecurity processes and procedures for an organization. They lead a team of skilled security practitioners and have detailed knowledge of their network's security threats and vulnerabilities.

How to Get Started in Cybersecurity

The cybersecurity field is lucrative, fast-growing, and doesn't require extensive education to get a foot in the door. But you need the right skills and qualifications to kickstart your career. Here are some tips to help.

Choosing Between Private Sector and Government Cybersecurity

Choosing whether to work in government cybersecurity or for a commercial business can be a big career decision. According to cyber risk management expert, Rob Arnold, founder and CEO of Threat Sketch, it's critical to know the pros and cons of both sectors before you decide.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I start a course?
There are several ways you can enroll in our online certification prep courses. Simply fill out the contact form, call us at (571) 665-4082, or start a live chat for immediate assistance. If you do not see the certification you wish to prepare for, or have questions about a course, our Enrollment representatives are available to help.
Can international students register?
Yes, our courses are completely online. However, not all certifying bodies or certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations and industry-specific requirements prior to enrolling in one of our courses.
When can I start this course?
Our courses are open enrollment, so you can register and begin at your convenience. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete a course?
Depending on the course, you will have 6-12 months to finish after you register. The time allotted for completion is calculated based on several factors, including course hours, content, and objectives.
What if I do not complete a course within the time frame provided?
If you are unable to complete the course, we can help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee will be charged. If you are funded through a third-party organization, approval may also be required.
What kind of support will I receive?
The course instructor will be available by email to answer your questions and to provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts.
What happens when I complete a course?
Upon successfully passing the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from George Mason University. In many cases, you will receive a prepaid voucher to take the certification exam you prepared for.
Can I get financial assistance?
Our courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. To determine your financing options, please contact us by phone at (571) 665-4082, or start a live chat for immediate assistance.
How can I learn more about your courses?
If you would like additional information, please call us at (571) 665-4082 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. To contact us during non-business hours, please fill out the contact form on this page.