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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 middle-skills that information security analysts need. You'll learn through projects and hands-on work so you'll have realistic knowledge and skills that employers demand. And our curriculum aligns with the federal standards identified by the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.
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.
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 underrepresentation of women in these courses and profession, 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 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 217 - Business Communication and Report Writing
- BUS 226 - Business Statistics
- ENG 121 - English Composition I (GT)
- MAT 121 - College Algebra (GT)
- PHI 113 - Logic (GT)
Major/Required Courses (41 credit hours)
- BUS 121 - Basic Workplace Skills
- CIS 220 - Fundamentals of UNIX
- CIS 232 - Unix Shell Programming
- CIS 287 - Cooperative Education
- CNG 124 - Networking I: Network+
- CNG 125 - Networking II: Network+
- CNG 132 - Network Security Fundamentals
- CNG 202 - Unix/Linux Server Admin
- CNG 212 - Configuring Windows Server
- CNG 253 - Firewalls and How They Work
- CNG 256 - Vulnerability Assessment I
- CNG 258 - Digital Forensics
- CNG 259 - Enterprise Security
- CSC 119 - Introduction to Programming
Electives (3 credit hours)
- Choose one from the following:
- CNG 142
- CNG 243
- CSC 160
- CNG 121
What career has your name on it?!
Preventing cyber security attacks? Restoring a flooded data center? Preparing for natural disasters, active shooter crises, or fire emergencies? The professionals who plan how to prevent and respond to these types of events follow many paths to their current positions. Association of Continuity Professionals speakers will discuss their unique experiences in 3 FREE October Zoom sessions.
Decide today to explore these career choices!
October 19, 3-4pm
The necessity for high availability systems continues to evolve with advances in technology and the expansion of cloud computing. Threats such as ransomware jeopardize clients’ access to any online system. Our panelists will discuss career choices in the field of Cyber and Information Security.
- Jennifer Kurtz is Cyber Program Director for Manufacturer’s Edge, Colorado’s NIST manufacturing partner.
- Thomas Holt Russell is Cyber Education Program Manager for the National Cybersecurity Center.
- Bryant Vasquez is a Cyber Security Specialist for Utah University Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center.
October 21, 3-4pm
Organizations have traditional Disaster Recovery plans in place to ensure critical business processes are supported when technology fails. Business Continuity evolved as organizations demanded solutions for “keeping the business running” without their critical technology. Our panelists will discuss the various careers that support the resiliency field.
- Mary Kay Hyde-Bohn’s path to leadership in DRBC includes 23 years with IBM Service and Support.
- Victoria Hiatt is the Global BC Manager for Arrow Electronics, the top revenue company based in Colorado.
- Brian Ringer began his nine-year banking career leading DRBC and dealing with redundancy and disaster recovery preparation and response.
October 28, 3-4pm
Professionals in Emergency Management provide a common framework for protection of residents and businesses from all natural, technological, intentional, and terrorism risks. Our panelists will discuss how providers of EM services address all phases of the emergency management lifecycle.
- Elizabeth Floro serves as Continuity and Critical Infrastructure Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management, City and County of Denver.
- Nicholas Weber is an Emergency Operations Manager for Denver International Airport (DEN).
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."