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
College Cyber Lab
Montgomery College’s new state of the art Cybersecurity lab
was built using a combination of Montgomery College and U.S. Department of
Labor, TAACCCT program funds. The lab space itself is designed using modular
work tables, each with their own 46 inch LED monitor and PC, which linked to
the instructor’s workstation to help aid in instruction. Students can also
bring their own devices to connect with the instructor and each other. These
work spaces are movable and can be arranged in a variety of different configurations
to suit the needs of the users. This lab space is also intended to be used by
our business and industry partners to hold demonstrations and trainings for
their staff. In the future, Montgomery College plans to participate in cyber
security competitions with other colleges throughout the country.
The infrastructure that supports the lab space is on a
stand-alone network from the college so that students an engage in real world
security exercises without affecting the operations of the college. The
technology behind the scenes allows for up to 200 virtual desktops to be built
and 100 servers, both virtual and remote, to facilitate the learning and skills
building exercises to prepare our students for industry recognized
certifications in a number of different IT specialties, such as Certified
Ethical Hacker, Cisco Certified Network Associate, and CompTIA Network +,
Security + ,A+. Additionally, Montgomery College is offering courses in digital
forensics using both the FTK and EnCase software tools where our students learn
how to preserve, recover and analyze digital information to be used in
investigations and security audits.
Cyber Lab - (video)