The Cybersecurity Certificate of Achievement is designed for students who want to get started in the field of cybersecurity. The required courses introduce cyber defense and teach students about the offensive and defensive measures that protect an organization's data and systems. Students start by learning an overview of networking, computer hardware, and operating systems then go deeper with ethical hacking and forensics. The certificate prepares students to get the CompTIA Security+ and the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and the Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) certifications.
Upon completion, students will be prepared for an entry-level job as a cybersecurity analyst or advancement in jobs as computer support specialists and/or computer network support specialists. May be offered in a distance-learning environment.
A total of 20 students are expected to enroll. Certificate completion rates are expected to be five to ten per year with a potential for annual growth.
Cabrillo College is seeking approval from the Chancellor’s Office for the new Cybersecurity Certificate of Achievement in Career Education. The Cybersecurity program is designed to train and educate students to work in the fields of information security, systems administration, and network administration. The need for cybersecurity has been advocated for by local, regional, and national governments and consortiums and supported by current, regional labor market research (TOP 0708.00). The Cybersecurity program is aligned with Cabrillo’s mission, master plan, and statewide community college work in Guided Pathways. Approval of this program will benefit regional employers, fulfill cyber security needs of the local community, augment college enrollment, and support non-traditional and underserved minority students in a viable career and academic path. This program would give our students the knowledge and skills they need to work towards additional certificates or a degree and/or excel in the workforce. The goal is for certificate completers to be gainfully employed or continue with an associates degree. Working with employers to identify earning potential is promising, with potential for a starting salary of $120,000-$188,000/yr in jobs such as computer network support specialists, computer systems analysts/information security analysts, and Network and Computer Systems Administrators. A labor market analysis indicates there is a large labor market gap in the Bay region with 2,705 annual openings for the Information Technology occupational cluster and 71 annual (3-year average) awards for an annual undersupply of 2,634 students. In the SC-Monterey Sub-Region, there is also a gap with 299 annual openings and no annual (3-year average) awards for an annual undersupply of 299 students.
There are 10 required core units and 6-7 elective units of computer and information systems (CIS) courses.
(Y1 or S1)
|CIS75||Fundamentals of Computer Security||3.00||S2|
|CIS81||Intro to Networks||3.00||S1|
|CIS90||Intro to UNIX/Linux||3.00||S1|
|CIS76||Intro to Cybersecurity: Ethical Hacking||3.00||S2|
|CIS77||Computer Forensics Fundamentals||3.00||S2|
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