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.

certificate Required Courses

L666 Cybersecurity I (3 credits) 

L746 Cybersecurity II (3 credits)

Law 747 Privacy Law & Management (3 credits)


Law Electives

L665 Computers and the Law: Criminal (2 or 3 credits)

L690 HIPAA and Privacy (2 credits)

L702 Corporate Compliance II (3 credits online)

L720 Electronic Discovery (2 credits)

L860 Upper Level Writing (2 or 3 credits) (*topic and advisor must be approved by Center Director/Co- 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)

Externship/Experiential Learning

Select an externship in a legal setting that has a substantial cybersecurity or privacy component. Placement must be approved by the Center Director.


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