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Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, up from 1 million positions in 2014. As this demand for information security personnel increases, Colorado remains one of the top hubs for cybersecurity. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) estimates there are approximately 10,000 open cybersecurity positions in Colorado, 9,299 of which are in the Denver-Aurora -Lakewood and Colorado Springs areas, the regions served by Arapahoe Community College (ACC).
ACC works directly with cybersecurity employers to design our programs and make sure you're learning the middle skills that information security analysts need. You'll learn through projects and hands-on work so you'll have real knowledge and skills that employers demand. And our curriculum aligns with the federal standards identified by the National Centers for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
Check out some of the careers you could hold in Cybersecurity.
Cyber Competition Club
ACC Cybersecurity Competition Club – Compete in the National Cyber League to prepare for the Rocky Mountain Collegiate cyber defense competition. Meetings are based on student schedules. Please contact mentor: Reise Robertson, rrobertson33 [at] student [dot] cccs [dot] edu.
nina [dot] amey [at] arapahoe [dot] edu
Read Nina's biosketch.
A Community College and Industry Partnership to Produce a Highly Qualified Cybersecurity Workforce
The project is creating and implementing a responsive AAS cybersecurity program aligned with industry needs and federal standards.
The innovative approach focuses on integrating experiential and project-based learning to provide real-world experiences and equip students with job skills.
Addressing the underrepresentation of women in these courses and professions, it can serve as a model for developing cybersecurity programs where course designers work with industry professionals to identify workplace competencies and build courses to meet industry needs with a focus on increasing female participation.
The funding period is from July 15, 2019, through June 30, 2020. Award #1901847.
PI – Nina Amey, CCNA R&S,
CCNA Security, Department
Chair Computer Technology
nina [dot] amey [at] arapahoe [dot] edu
CoPI – Krystal Schwartz, Security+, Faculty
CoPl – Mark Snyder, Computer Networking Faculty
Evaluator – Deborah Hecht
We are honored to partner with:
We would like to thank The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Associate of Applied Science in Cybersecurity
The Cybersecurity program prepares individuals to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems, and procedures. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the needed background to prepare to take a number of industry certifications in the field of cybersecurity. Examples include, but are not limited to: CompTIA Network+; CompTIA Security+;
CompTIA Linux +, MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) and/or MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate); and Cybersecurity Analyst (CYSA+).
- Evaluate the computer network and information security needs of an organization.
- Implement security measures for the protection of computer networks and the information of an organization.
- Develop and design a security infrastructure based on the business requirements of an organization.
- Troubleshoot, maintain and update an enterprise-level information security system.
General Education Courses (16 credit hours)
- BUS 2017 - Business Communication and Report Writing
- BUS 2026 - Business Statistics
- ENG 1021 - English Composition I (GT)
- MAT 1340 - College Algebra (GT)
Major/Required Courses (41 credit hours)
- BUS 1021 - Basic Workplace Skills
- CIS 2032 - Unix Shell Programming
- CIS 2087 - Cooperative Education
- CNG 1024 - Networking I: Network+
- CNG 1025 - Networking II: Network+
- CNG 1032 - Network Security Fundamentals
- CNG 2002 - Unix/Linux Server Admin
- CNG 2012 - Configuring Windows Server **
- CNG 2043 - Cloud Security and Cyber Law
- CNG 2056 - Vulnerability Assessment I
- CNG 2057 - Network Defense and Counter Measures
- CNG 2058 - Digital Forensics
- CNG 2059 - Enterprise Security
- CSC 1019 - Introduction to Programming
- CIS 2020 - Fundamentals of UNIX
- CIS 2032 - UNIX Shel Programming OR CSC 1060 - Computer Science I
Get your Cybersecurity AAS and BS in Computer Information Systems at the Sturm Campus
Get your Cybersecurity AAS degree from Arapahoe Community College and your BS in Computer Information Systems (Cybersecurity Emphasis) at ACC's Sturm Collaboration Campus at Castle Rock!
ACC Supports National Cybersecurity Awareness Week
Learn more about Cybersecurity Champions that represent many diverse aspects of Cybersecurity. Discover career spans across the spectrum of all industries.
Try it (Lesson Plan Idea): Open Indeed.com and search for “something you are interested in” and "cybersecurity" or "network security."
Lesson Plan Idea
Ask your students to go to the internet and search for themselves or their family to find out how many clicks it takes to find something they didn't think would be on the internet. Then let us know what happened.
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