Certificate in Financial Technology & Cybercrime


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Meet a Targeted Industry Need and Set Yourself Apart from the Competition

The need for cybersecurity expertise in the financial industry is at an all-time high. While demand for these critical roles is increasing, there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals specializing in the banking and financial services industry. EKU’s 100% online financial technology and cybercrime certificate prepares you to take on these essential roles by combining training in both banking and cybersecurity. Gain an understanding of the financial system and cyber threats to that system, along with current best practices for cybersecurity management controls. EKU’s combination training approach prepares graduates to meet a targeted industry need and set themselves apart from workforce competition.

Demand Outpaces Labor Pool

Benefits of EKU Online

Learn essential skills for today’s business environment. Our fully accredited online programs are made up of the same high-quality courses and taught by the same experienced professors as the on-campus programs.

Fast-growing Field

Now more than ever, the need for cybersecurity expertise in the financial industry is critical, but not enough cybersecurity professionals specialize in the banking and financial services industry. Currently, 72% of financial institution Chief Risk Officers view cybersecurity as the top year-ahead risk (Ernst & Young, 2023).

  • There are currently over 168,000 unfilled positions in bank cybersecurity (American Banker, 2022).
  • The U.S. only has enough cybersecurity workers to fill 68% of the current job openings (American Banker, 2022).
  • According to the Cost of a Data Breach Report 2022: Insufficiently staffed organizations average $550,000 more in breach costs than those that state they are sufficiently staffed (IBM).
  • The average cost of a data breach in the financial sector in the US is $9 million (Statista, 2023).
  • There was a 238% increase in cyberattacks targeting financial institutions in 2020 (VMWare).



EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance, forensic accounting, and investment and portfolio theory.

Degree Requirements

A total of 21 credits is required to graduate.

View the EKU Academic Catalog:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

ACC 350 Accounting Information Systems and Analytics (3)
Review of accounting information systems regarding their inputs, processes, controls, and analysis of outputs. Topics include internal controls, business processes, data analytics and visualization, artificial intelligence, robotic process automation, and enterprise resources planning systems.

FIN 304 Financial Institutions (3)
A comprehensive overview of the financial institutions industry, with an emphasis on commercial banks.

FIN 320 Financial Technology and Security(3)
A survey of financial technology and security in financial institutions, including math and technology basics, financial technology regulation, blockchain technology, financial institution cybersecurity across multiple platforms, internal controls, policy setting, third-party contract management.

PLS 408 Policing and Technology(3 )
Examines the current realities of cybercrime and the official police response. Consideration will be given to legal issues, civil liberties, police deviance and the sociopolitical impacts of technology.

HLS 210 Cyber and Physical Security (3)
Principles of cyber and physical design and application to include assessments and subsequent identification of countermeasures as well as policy development and implementation in an effort to safeguard life and critical infrastructure.


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Kaitlin Kirkpatrick

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Kaitlin Kirkpatrick for information about the EKU Online Risk Management and Insurance, Business Administration, Finance and Public Accounting Bachelor’s Degree programs and certificates.

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Application Deadlines


Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

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Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

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