Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Certificate

Cleveland-Marshall's innovative Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Certificate takes an integrative approach to education, preparing students to understand the technical and business dimensions of cybersecurity and privacy as well as the legal and regulatory frameworks.

A structured slate of courses and hands-on learning opportunities prepare students to work in the fast-growing fields of cybersecurity and data privacy. The increasing number and sophistication of cyber attacks on private and public organizations combined with a growing and complex array of data security and privacy regulations at the state, national and international levels has made data security and privacy protection one of the hottest new fields in the legal profession. Traditional law firms are adding or expanding data security and privacy practices and entirely new job categories requiring legal expertise are emerging as more organizations recognize the need to proactively manage their data security and compliance risks.

The Cybersecurity and Data Privacy certificate is a key component of the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection housed at Cleveland-Marshall. The Center takes a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary approach to address privacy and cyber-risk management concerns.

Additionally, the Center brings leading industry, legal and government experts to campus throughout the year, including at its annual Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference held each Spring. Students are invited and encouraged to participate in these events and network with the professional community in the Northeast Ohio region. 

The Center also provides a broad range of hands-on learning opportunities for students. The distinguished Center faculty hire student research assistants and integrate them into the Center’s work. The Center together with Cleveland-Marshall’s Career Development Office also partners with prominent public and private organizations, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Trade Commission and the Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium to develop externships and to identify part-time and permanent positions for students and graduates in these fields.

The certificate requires 6 courses total. The three foundational courses and three electives, one of which must be an experiential learning course or externship.


The certificate requires 12 credits total. The two foundational courses and three or four electives.

  • L741 Cybersecurity I (3 credits) 
  • L747 Privacy Law & Management (3 credits) 

*asynchronous, online sections offered for each of the required courses for non-JD students enrolled in the online MLS or Graduate Certificate 

ELECTIVES (select 6 or more credits) 

Online Law Electives**  

  • L746 Cybersecurity II (3 credits) 
  • L690 HIPAA and Privacy (3 credits) 
  • L701 Corporate Compliance I (3 credits) 
  • L702 Corporate Compliance II (3 credits) 
  • L735 Cyberlaw (3 credits) 
  • L770 Cybersecurity Technical Capstone 
  • L892 Introduction to American Law*** 

**only for non-JD students enrolled in the online MLS or Graduate Certificate 

***only for non-JD students enrolled in section 81; requires Program Director permission) 

Law Electives 

  • L746 Cybersecurity II (3 credits) 
  • L701 Corporate Compliance I (3 credits) 
  • L665 Cybercrime (2 or 3 credits) 
  • L764 Cybersecurity Practicum (3 credits) 
  • L844 Cybersecurity Risk Assessment and Compliance (3 credits) 
  • L860 Upper Level Writing (2 or 3 credits) (*topic and advisor must be approved by the Center Director) 
  • Externship (*placement must be approved by the Center Director) 

Business College Electives 

IST 636 Managing Network and Security Risk (3 credits) 

IST 656 Advanced Information Security (3 credits) 

IST 693 Information Security Risk Assessment (3 credits) 

Alternative Elective 

A student may seek permission from the Program Director to substitute an alternative technology-related course to satisfy the 3-credit elective requirement. 

For more information, Contact Professor Brian Ray, Director, Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection.

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