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Cybersecurity

 

Would you like to be part of a high-demand and high-paying profession working with computers? Chaffey College in fall 2019 became the region’s only community college offering an associate’s degree in cybersecurity, a field that has about 72,000 job openings in California as of November 2019. The largest concentration is in southern California with Los Angeles having 21,957 job openings.

Chaffey is also the region’s first Amazon Web Services academy site, making the college the area’s market leader in cloud computing education. Cybersecurity involves protecting Internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyberattacks. Courses in the program include cloud computing, ethical hacking, programming and information technology. Chaffey’s cybersecurity students will be ready for the workforce or for transfer to a four-year university with the help of Chaffey’s professors and counselors. Faculty bring current and relevant experience from the field to the classroom. Students have access to industry-standard software, hardware, tools and more to improve success.

Computer Information Systems AS - Cyber Security Pathway (PDF)

Contact

 

Email: CTEcounselor@chaffey.edu
Phone: (909) 652-6519

 

David Nimri
Lead instructor
(909) 652-6848
david.nimri@chaffey.edu

 

Steve Siedschlag
(909) 652-6855
steve.siedschlag@chaffey.edu

 

Program Description

The Chaffey Cyber Security Program is the first of its kind in the region and will help students enter the amazing and opportunity-filled world of cyber security. Our motto is “one cannot defend, what one doesn’t understand.” Therefore, the cyber security pathway will start by ensuring students are comfortable with both the theory and the application of traditional computing. After establishing the basics, students move into the world of security analysis, cyber defense, cyber ops, automation, ethical hacking, and cutting-edge cloud computing.

In the advanced classes, students are introduced to the theoretical concepts of each topic gradually to ensure a solid foundation. Once a solid foundation is established the courses will shift towards an emphasis on learning via a hands-on approach. Hands-on learning is accomplished using a mixture of simulators, sandboxes, IOT devices, hacking tools, and industry standard equipment, software and tools. Each course is designed to build synergy with other courses in the pathway allowing students to maximize learning. The goal is to help students become knowledgeable white-hat cyber security professionals with the ability to go anywhere and do anything in the field.

Highlights

Starting with stackable certificates that build towards an AS degree, students learn the tools and skills needed to defend an organization from cyber-attacks. The Chaffey Cyber Security Program has a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning, turns the dedicated Cyber Hub classroom into a live production environment and offers alignment with industry certifications.

Students learn to build and utilize physical, virtualized and cloud computing resources in a live, student-created, production system. Students practice hacking in a safe sandbox environment to maximize learning and experimentation. Students learn the tools of hackers and collaborate with others on projects that span classes. Additionally, students learn the art of ethical hacking and how to build up the appropriate cyber defenses to counter attacks in an enterprise environment.

The courses in the pathway will prepare students for employment and for multiple industry certification exams including: Network+, Network Pro, Client Pro, Server+, Cloud+, Security+, PenTest+ and Amazon AWS certifications.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS MAJOR IS FOR ME?

  • You enjoy learning about computers and devices
  • You like listening to people and coming up with solutions to problems
  • You like to diagnose and troubleshoot computer or network problems
  • You like set procedures and routines
  • You are good at applying critical thinking strategies
  • You want to plan and implement effective computer systems
  • You want to learn how to program
  • You like to gather, evaluate and correlate information
  • Your good at identifying “what could go wrong” in any given scenario
  • Like the idea of building defenses
  • You can think outside the box
  • Good eye for detail
  • If you ever thought “I wonder how this works?”
  • Like new challenges

WHERE CAN I WORK?

  • Internet Access Providers
  • Wireless Service Providers
  • Systems Repair Companies
  • Enterprise organization and Small Business
  • Educational Institutions
  • Medical Facilities
  • Federal Agencies and Departments
  • Information Assurance & Cyber Security Companies
  • Local, County and State Government
  • Insurance Companies
  • Penetration Testing Companies

For more information visit the California Occupational Guides.

Degrees and certificates

Associate of Science in Cyber Security: Cyber Security Professional

This degree will help students enter the amazing field of Cyber Security, which is a dynamic, opportunity filled and high paying field. This degree starts by introducing the core topics within Computer Information Systems and Cyber Security. We then move into using tools, cyber ops standards, automation and advanced hacking techniques to equip students with the skills needed to defend an organization from cyber-attacks. Finally, we introduce advanced security and cloud administration to complete the degree. This curriculum will prepare students to take seven industry certification exams: Network+, Network Pro, Client Pro, Server+, Cloud+, Security+ and Ethical Hacking.

Major requirements for the Associate in Science Degree:
Course Number Course Title Units
Total Units 22.5*
CIS 1 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3
CIS 4 Fundamentals of Microsoft Windows 1.5
CIS 50 Introduction to Computer Networks (or CISCO 1, Cisco Internetworking I, 4) 3
CISNTWK 11 Microsoft Network Server 3
CISNTWK 12 Introduction to Network Security Administration 3
CISNTWK 20 Introduction to Cybersecurity: Ethical Hacking 3
COMPSCI 1 Programming Concepts and Methodology I 3
CISNTWK 70 Virtualization and Cloud Essentials (or CISCO 416, Cisco Internetworking VI) 3

 

* Will require additional electives and general education units to graduate.

 

Certificate in Cyber Security Analyst

This certificate is where students can lay the foundation for a career in Cyber Security starting with the core competencies in Computer Information Systems and Cyber Security. Coursework includes networking, systems administration, and core Cyber Security topics. In addition to gaining a Chaffey Certificate, earning credits towards an accredited certificate and A.S. degree will prepare students to take five industry recognized certification exams: Network+, Network Pro, Client Pro, Server+ and Security+.

Requirements for the Cyber Security Analyst Certificate:
Course Number Course Title Units
Total Units 13.5
CIS 1 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3
CIS 4 Fundamentals of Microsoft Windows 1.5
CIS 50 Introduction to Computer Networks (or CISCO 1, Cisco Internetworking I, 4) 3
CISNTWK 11 Microsoft Network Server 3
CISNTWK 12 Introduction to Network Security Administration 3

 

Certificate in Cyber Security Defender

This certificate will build upon the foundations of the Analyst Certificate and equips the student with the skill set to defend an organization in cyber space. The curriculum will cover the tools, techniques and advanced topics in ethical hacking. Additionally, the coursework will introduce programming, automation, cyber ops, and legal aspects of Cyber Security. This accredited certificate earns credits towards an A.S. Degree in Cyber Security and prepares students to take six industry certification exams: Network+, Network Pro, Client Pro, Server+, Security+ and Ethical Hacking.

Requirements for the Cyber Security Defender Certificate:
Course Number Course Title Units
Total Units 19.5
CIS 1 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3
CIS 4 Fundamentals of Microsoft Windows 1.5
CIS 50 Introduction to Computer Networks (or CISCO 1, Cisco Internetworking I, 4) 3
CISNTWK 11 Microsoft Network Server 3
CISNTWK 12 Introduction to Network Security Administration 3
CISNTWK 20 Introduction to Cybersecurity: Ethical Hacking 3
COMPSCI 1 Programming Concepts and Methodology I 3