Cybersecurity Program (Information Systems Security)
A CNSS Certified Program
About the Program
Information Systems Security A.A.S. degree prepares students for entry-level career in Information Systems Security. The program emphasizes computer security and information assurance concepts augmented with current industry standard techniques. Topics cover threats and vulnerabilities, prevention at the technical (hardware and software) and human levels, detection, response, and management aspects of security.
The program prepares entry-level computer technicians with information security expertise, offers students a transfer option to four-year institutions, and is designed to address the needs for increasing the number of trained workers qualified to work in information security in the homeland security industry.
As a member of CyberWatch, the Montgomery College curriculum follows National Security Telecommunications and Systems Security Instruction (NSTISSI) 4011 and 4013 standards. Also, the courseware is certified as mapping 100% to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standard 4011.
Certification Prep and Related Careers
The program prepares students for the following:
- Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) A+, Network + and Security + certifications;
- Microsoft’s Certified IT Professional (MCIPT) certification;
- Cisco’s Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification; and
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification.
Jobs in the field:
- Network Security Engineer
- Information Security Analyst
- Network Security Specialist
- Network Security Administrator
- Network Security Architect
- Systems Engineer
CyberWatch is an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center, headquartered at Prince George’s Community College, co-founded with Montgomery College, AACC, CCBC, and NOVA and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CyberWatch mission is to increase the quantity and quality of the information assurance (that is, cybersecurity) workforce.
The CyberWatch goals are focused on information assurance (IA) education at all levels, from elementary through graduate school, but especially the community college level, and include curriculum development, faculty professional development, student development, career pathways, and public awareness.
Since its founding in 2005 as a consortium of 10 institutions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, CyberWatch has achieved the following:
- Grown to 50 member institutions (35 community colleges and 15 universities) across 19 states. CyberWatch remains concentrated in Maryland, with Prince George’s Community College as the lead, and with 10 Maryland community colleges and 7 Maryland universities among the CyberWatch membership.
- Acquired 28 partner institutions – businesses, government agencies, and professional associations.
- Developed model IA curricula, including complete courses for A.A.S. and A.S. degrees and for two IA certificates.
- Assisted these institutions in mapping their IA courses to the Center for National Security Standards (CNSS) 4011 and/or 4013 standards: Prince George’s CC, Anne Arundel CC, Hagerstown CC, College of Southern Maryland, Whatcom CC (WA), Erie CC (NY), Wilmington University (DE), Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC (NC), and Catawba Valley CC (NC).
- Currently leading the national effort to create the “Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Security Education for Community Colleges (CAE/IAE2Y)” Program through NSF, NSA, and DHS. Currently assisting all eligible CCs to apply for that designation in 2010.
- Trained 450+ faculty through CyberWatch workshops and through sponsored courses at member institutions.
Built the Montgomery College Virtual Lab (MCVL), the University of Maryland Digital Forensics Lab (DFL), and the Bowie State University CyberWatch Underground Tunnel System (CUTS).
- Initiated and still conduct these student competitions: Mid-Atlantic Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), Digital Forensics Cup, and (in collaboration with Educause) Security Awareness Poster and Video Contest.
- Created a robust IA program for K-12 students, including summer camps, after-school programs, security awareness days, student contests, and workshops for counselors
- Initiated planning for a new national competition for community college students, and another for high school students.