Cybersecurity is the first line of defense against the threats to an organization's network, programs and data. It is designed to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of data. Cybersecurity remains to be one of the most critical issues affecting individuals and organizations today.
What Will I Learn?
A degree in cybersecurity prepares students with skills to monitor, mitigate and prevent online threats. Students will learn the fundamentals of information security, networking, server fundamentals, operating systems such as Microsoft and Linux, programming skills, computer forensics, ethical hacking and analyzing network traffic.
What is Unique About JJC's Cybersecurity Program?
The program gives students a good core foundation in cybersecurity, a field with immense career growth potential. Students also gain valuable experience by participating in the National Cyber League. The NCL competition provides a virtual training environment for college students to develop, practice, and validate their cybersecurity skills. JJC students obtain experience in areas such as open source intelligence, scanning, enumeration, penetration testing, traffic analysis, log analysis, wireless security, cryptography, and web application security. In Spring 2018, JJC student Dan Macdonald placed 21 out of 3,129 students overall in the regular season. In the postseason, the JJC Nemesis Order team placed 21 of 250 teams overall.
Did You Know...
JJC's cybersecurity program has a partnership with Lewis University, making it easier than ever for you to transfer! Take three years of coursework at JJC and one year of coursework at Lewis to earn your bachelor's degree. Take a look at our transfer guide below.
What Degree/Certificate Will I Receive?
- Cybersecurity, AAS
- Network Security Specialist, CAC
- Cybersecurity, CAC
- IT Computer Support, CCO (to come)
What are my Career Opportunities?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Security administrator
- Information security analyst
- Information assurance technician/specialist
- Network security engineer
- Information technology security analyst
- Information systems security administrator
“JJC's Cybersecurity program is definitely the place to be if you want to get into the cybersecurity field. The teachers work hard to make sure that the coursework is current with security trends and they work even harder to help you understand it all. You will gain hands-on experience with tools companies use in their environments. You will get validation of your skills through the National Cyber League competitions. Not only that but because they’ve set up a great learning environment, you’ll learn not only from the teachers but from your peers as well. If you’re looking to get a strong foundation in this field, then look no further”
- Zachary Sypien, Graduate, Summer 2018
Computer & Network Security Specialist, AAS