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Cyber Security

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Course Descriptions
 
Cybersecurity 1: Computing and Technologies

Prepares students for a career in information technology with a focus on cybersecurity.  The course includes a series of technical subjects that provide hands-on knowledge and skills in computer hardware, operating systems, networking, and information security concepts.  Hardware:  Students cover eleven fundamental topics leading to the successful completion of the CompTIA A+ 220-901 examination.  Software: Students cover twelve fundamental topics leading to the successful completion of the CompTIA A+ 220-902 examination and their CompTIA A+ Certification.

Cybersecurity 2: Server and Network Security

Students engage with studies of the history and implications of network communications; the network protocols which make the internet possible; how networks provide access to services and communicate with one another, methods used to increase scalability, reliability, and security in the modern network, and the Internet of Things (IOT). Prepares students for the CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ Certifications to meet DoD 8140 cyber security workforce requirements.

Cybersecurity 3:  Linux Systems and Tools

Linux Systems and Tools provides students with in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience with Linux enterprise operating systems.  Students learn the Linux fie system, command line utilities, script editing, shell programming and text processing tools and develop industry knowledge in cyber security ethics offense and defense security concepts of penetration testing and security auditing. This course prepares students for the Linux and Kali Linux Professional exams.

Cybersecurity 4: Threat Analysis and Forensics

Threat Analysis and Forensics cover the fundamental principles of using analytic tools to identify, protect, detect, respond and recover computing systems and digital assets against cyber threats and vulnerabilities.  Students learn how to apply ethical hacking practices to defend against nefarious activity. Students learn ethical cyber security practices incident response team roles, policies and procedures of a cybersecurity framework. This course prepares students to take the Cyber Security Analyst plus (CSA+) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exams which are high demand industry certifications across industry sectors.   

Why Cybersecurity? 

Cybersecurity professionals protect our most vital and private information, from financial accounts to sensitive military communications. However, there is a dangerous deficit in cybersecurity professionals in the United States that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure in jeopardy.

Cybersecurity professionals plan and carry out methods to guard organization’s computer networks and systems. As threats became more common, their responsibilities will continue to increase. Positions in the field of cybersecurity are growing at twice the rate of other technology positons and there will be thousands of new positions. 

Career Outlook

Continuing Education Opportunities*

Employment of cyber security is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.   Demand for those with experience in cyber security is expected to be very high. Cyberattacks have grown in frequency, and analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating problems for computer networks.

 Careers in Cybersecurity

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Network/Computer Systems Administrator
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Intelligence Analyst

Mean Hourly Wages

Software Developer                              $53.52
Computer Network Architect               $50.23
Software Developer, Applications        $49.75
Information Security Analysts              $45.92
Computer Systems Analyst                  $36.97
 
Median Annual Earnings by Educational Attainment
 
Bachelor’s Degree                   $99,010
Associate's Degree                   $66,601
Industry Certification               $49,468
Some college, no degree          $47,248 
 
*Source:  Occupational Projections, Employment Development Department
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