The Baltimore City Community College Cyber Security and Assurance Program provides students with practical experience in understanding the threats and dangers, security assessments and analysis to a wide range of different businesses, and the steps that need to be taken to mitigate these vulnerabilities by using state-of-the-art technology. The program prepares students for vendor-specific or commercially available security certification. The program also emphasizes the need to build a wall between our information and those that want to exploit it. The recurring events such as virus and worm attacks and the success of criminal attackers illustrate the weaknesses in current information technologies and the need to heightened security of these systems.
Jobs opportunities that are available to students who complete the program are:
- Cyber Security Technician
- Chief Security Operator
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Cyber Security Risk Assessment Support
- Cyber Data Security
- Cyber Security Associate
- Situation Awareness Solutions Support
Career Options and Occupation Outlook
The rise in cyber-crimes has outpaced the knowledge base needed to provide the required counter measures. There is a growing need for cyber security careers within the geographic region. Much of this demand is fueled by the growing information technology (IT) industry, which is particularly strong in MD, DC, and VA because of the large federal infrastructure including intelligence and Department of Defense government agencies and related contractors. The State of Maryland is the national epicenter of federal cyber security activities and the home to:
- The National Security Agency
- The Intelligent Advanced Research Projects Activity
- The National Institute of Standards
- Defense Information Systems Agency headquarters
- U.S. Cyber Command headquarters
Department of Defense expansions of the intelligence and communications responsibilities at Fort Meade and at Aberdeen Proving Ground through the BRAC initiatives Maryland is the base for our nation's effort to defend and protect U.S. information networks.
The Cyber Security and Assurance professional must have the analytical skills on a wide range of businesses necessary for computer security assessment.
To apply to BCCC, follow these steps: 1. Submit a completed admissions application with a $10 application fee. 2. Submit a completed Maryland Residency Verification form. 3. Submit appropriate academic credentials to the Admissions Office: a. Official high school transcript (showing evidence of graduation); b. GED diploma (with a copy of your scores); c. Official college transcript (if transferring from another college) 4. Take the ACCUPLACER placement test. 5. Participate in New Student Orientation session, either online or in-person. Note: Applicants under the age of 16 must meet with the Director of Admissions for special admissions requirements.
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