Certificate of Completion in Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Cybersecurity Fundamentals
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The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Cybersecurity Fundamentals is designed to focus on the necessary skills required to secure, protect and identify vulnerabilities in a network, including various operating systems and network devices. Emphasis is placed on developing the theoretical, legal, ethical and practical skills needed to maintain security on mission-critical networking and server systems. The program is designed to provide applied skills necessary for government and industry employees. The program covers a variety of information security technologies and structured languages. The Cybersecurity program also focuses on the skills needed for internationally recognized IT certifications and high demands in business, industry, and government. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity is also available.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Cybersecurity Fundamentals (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5154
Total Credits Required
24-31
Catalog Year
2020-2021

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Explain the fundamental components, concepts, and application of cybersecurity principles.
  2. Describe cyber defense tools, methods, and components.
  3. Apply cyber defense methods to prepare a system to repel attacks.
  4. Analyze common security failures and identify specific design principles that have been violated.
  5. Understand the interaction between security and system usability and the importance for minimizing the effects of security mechanisms.
  6. Apply appropriate protocols, tools, and techniques to maximize security in the network environment.
  7. Describe the fundamental concepts, technologies, components, vulnerabilities, and issues related to networks.
  8. Identify and describe basic security issues of operating systems.
  9. Identify perpetrators, their resources, and their motivations in cyberspace.
  10. Compare and contrast offensive and defensive resources used in cybersecurity ecosystems/environment.
  11. Delineate differences between the moral, behavioral, ethical, and legal ramifications found in the cybersecurity world.
  12. Apply knowledge of regulatory and legal requirements to ensure compliance.
  13. Apply risk analysis methodologies to identify potential vulnerabilities, associated impacts, and recommend appropriate responses.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$134,333

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Admission Criteria

Only required courses taken within eight (8) years of completion of the program may be applied towards this degree. Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
CIS190 or
CNT140AA
Introduction to Networking or Introduction to Networks 3–4
BPC270 or
MST150++
A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support or Any Microsoft Windows Course 3
CIS126DL or
CIS126RH
Linux Operating System or Red Hat System Administration I 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ITS110 or
CIS270 or
CIS271DB
Information Security Fundamentals or Essentials of Network and Information Security or Information Security Essentials Critical course Gateway course 3
CIS111 or
ITS120
Ethics in Information Technology or Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues 3
CIS156 Python Programming: Level I 3
ITS240 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS272DB Information Security Principles Only needed if CIS271DB was taken in Term 2 0–3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS190 or
CNT140AA
Introduction to Networking or Introduction to Networks 3–4
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC270 or
MST150++
A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support or Any Microsoft Windows Course 3
CIS126DL or
CIS126RH
Linux Operating System or Red Hat System Administration I 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ITS110 or
CIS270 or
CIS271DB
Information Security Fundamentals or Essentials of Network and Information Security or Information Security Essentials Critical course Gateway course 3
CIS111 or
ITS120
Ethics in Information Technology or Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS156 Python Programming: Level I 3
ITS240 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense 3
CIS272DB Information Security Principles Only needed if CIS271DB was taken in Term 3 0–3

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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