Fundamentals of Cyber Security Certificate Program

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Seeking to advance in the field of Cyber Security or prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam?

The Fundamentals of Cyber Security certificate is designed for students who want to pursue a career in Cyber Security. This certificate provides learners with the essential skills and knowledge to protect networks, systems, and data from cyber threats. Students will learn about the key principles and practices of Cyber Security, such as threat analysis, risk mitigation, security operations, and incident response. Plus gain hands-on experience with various security tools and technologies, such as encryption, firewalls, penetration testing, and digital forensics.

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be prepared to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam, a globally recognized credential for cybersecurity professionals. Students will also be prepared to apply for entry-level internships in the cybersecurity field, where you can further develop your skills and advance your career.

All students must have a functioning computer (not Chromebook) with access to reliable Wi-Fi, as well as fundamental computer literacy skills (office, computer navigation) prior to enrolling in the program.

  • CSS 101: Cybersecurity Fundamentals

    3 credits
  • Operating Systems and Asset Security

    3 credits
  • Incident Response

    3 credits
  • ITE 220: Networking and Data Communications

    3 credits

Outcomes & Pathways

Students who graduate with a certificate in Fundamentals of Cyber Security will be able to:

  • identify and explain the key concepts and principles of cybersecurity, such as confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, authorization, and encryption;
  • apply appropriate security tools and techniques to protect networks, systems, and data from cyber threats, such as malware, phishing, denial-of-service, and unauthorized access;
  • analyze and evaluate the security posture and vulnerabilities of a given network or system, using methods such as risk assessment, penetration testing, and security auditing;
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and ethically with various stakeholders in the cybersecurity field, such as clients, managers, colleagues, and users, using oral, written, and graphical modes; and
  • prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam by reviewing the exam objectives, format, and sample questions.

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