Academic Certificate in Cybersecurity

Division of Mathematics, 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 academic 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 of the program, a 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 Cybersecurity, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Cybersecurity certificate program is career oriented. Courses completed as part of this academic certificate can be applied toward associate’s degree programs at ECC. All credits earned in certificate programs that are applied to associates’ degree programs can transfer to four-year institutions. See an Mathematics, Engineering Technologies & Computer Sciences Divison academic advisor (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. Part-time students can complete the program in two years.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call 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.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (3 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)

Technological Competency (3 credits)
CSC 100 (3 credits)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (24 credits)

CSC 113 Introduction to Linux/Unix Operating System or an approved technology course (one 4-credit course)
CSC 114 Computer Networks I (4 credits)
CSC 116 Introduction to Computer & Network Security (4 credits)
CSC 226 Network Defense & Counter Measures (4 credits)
CSC 230 Computer & Internet Forensics (4 credits)
CSC 250 Information Technology Capstone Project or an approved technology course (one 4-credit 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.

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Academic Certificate: 30

First Semester
CSC 100 Fundamentals of Computer Science (3 credits)
CSC 113 Introduction to Linux/ Unix Operating System or an approved Technical Course (one 4-credit course)
CSC 114 Computer Networks I (4 credits)
CSC 116 Introduction to Computer & Network Security (4 credits)

Second Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
CSC 226 Network Defense & Counter Measures (4 credits)
CSC 230 Computer & Internet Forensics (4 credits)
CSC 250 Information Technology Capstone Project or an approved technical course (one 4-credit course)


 

NOTES:
(1) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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