Academic Certificate Program in Cybersecurity

Division of Engineering Technologies and Computer Science — Curriculum Code: 3322

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Academic Certificate


Why major in Cybersecurity?

The new technological age has placed demands on how to handle, secure and maintain computer and network systems. The Cybersecurity Certificate Program deals with emerging information technologies to troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems such as Apple, Android, Windows and more. This certificate program will offer a mixture of general education, professional courses, and technical experiences at local facilities; it prepares students to prevent, detect and battle digital crime with classes that blend technology with critical thinking, forensics and investigative techniques. Upon completion the student will have obtained the knowledge and techniques demanded by the information technology industry. Furthermore, this program prepares students for computer related certificate exams such as CompTIA Security + and/or EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator.

If I major in Database System Administration, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The program is intended as a career-oriented program. Courses completed as part of this Certificate of Completion program can be applied toward associate’s degree programs at ECC. All credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associates’ degree programs transfer to four-year institutions. See an Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences (ETCS) division faculty member for more information.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

How long will it take for me to complete this program?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the academic certificate in one year. You may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Please contact the Division at (973) 877-4400.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Manage multiple operating systems, systems software, network services and security;
  • Evaluate and compare systems software and emerging technologies;
  • Develop solutions for networking and security problems, balancing business concerns, technical issues and security;
  • Identify infrastructure components and the roles they serve, and design infrastructure including devices, topologies, protocols, systems software, management and security;
  • Use appropriate resources to stay abreast of the latest industry tools and techniques analyzing the impact on existing and applying to future situations;
  • Explain the concepts of confidentiality, availability and integrity in Information Assurance, including physical, software, devices, policies and people and analyze these factors in an existing system and design implementations; and
  • Cite and comply with relevant industry and organizational codes of conduct and ethics.




(7 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)

ENG 101 College Composition I (one 3-credit course)

Technological Competency (3 credits)

CSC 100 Fundamentals of Computer Science (one 3-credit course)



(23 credits)

CSC 113 Intro to Linux/Unix Operating System (4 credits)
CSC 114 Computer Networks I (4 credits)
CSC 116 introduction to Computer and Network Security (4 credits)
CSC 226 Network Defense & Counter Measures (4 credits)
CSC 230 Computer and Internet Forensics (4 credits)
CSC 250 Information Technology Capstone Project (4 credits) OR
Approved Technical Course

Note: The minimum passing grade for all courses designated CSC is C. If you earn a grade below C, you need to repeat that course.

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 30


First Semester
CSC 100 Fundamentals of Computer Science (3 credits)
CSC 114 Computer Networks I (4 credits)
CSC 116 Introduction to Computer and Network Security (4 credits)
CSC 113 Intro to Linux/ Unix Operating System or Approved Technical Course

Second Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
CSC 226 Network Defense & Counter Measures (4 credits)
CSC 230 Computer and Internet Forensics (4 credits)
CSC 250 IT Capstone Project or Approved Technical Course (4 credits)



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