The Cybersecurity A.A.S. degree prepares students for entry-level positions in cybersecurity. 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 cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity 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