Cybersecurity Concentration

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IT Cybersecurity Training in California

Objective: This Information Technology Cybersecurity certification program is designed to give the student experience recognizing network vulnerabilities and maximizing network security. In addition, students in the Cybersecurity concentration are introduced to the Unix/Linux operating systems, including setup, configuration and user management. Students will also learn the basics of Cisco routers, including setup and configuration of many LAN (Local Area Network) and WAN (Wide Area Network) technologies.

Graduates of our IT Cybersecurity certification program are prepared for entry-level positions as network administrators, network consultants, network engineers, network technicians or systems engineers.

As a Microsoft Imagine partner, Empire College uses a teaching program prescribed by Microsoft that prepares graduates for the following certifications:

  • CompTIA A+ Technician
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Microsoft certification at the product level (MCP-Microsoft Certified Professional) in 4 areas:
    • Windows 10 Professional
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) Windows Server 2012: With completion of the three MCP certifications, the student will have achieved the highly regarded MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • Security certifications in 2 areas:
    • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)
    • CompTIA PenTest+


Want more information about cybersecurity? Listen to Ryan Donham’s, Information Technology Department Head, interview on KSRO 103.5 FM:

Expected Educational Outcomes:  Upon completing the Specialized Associate degree in Information Technology – Cybersecurity Concentration program, students will have demonstrated:

      1. The ability to provide customer and user support for computer systems and networking products including Microsoft Windows, Linux cross platform connectivity and numerous software products
      2. An understanding of Microsoft Windows operating systems including setup, configuration, and file and user management, as well as router configuration
      3. An ability to design and configure a PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)
      4. An understanding of network data packets, the ability to create and design network firewalls and intrusion detection systems
      5. An understanding of strong authentication, including the use of biometric, key fobs and smart cards
      6. An understanding of various types of network vulnerabilities and the types of attacks used to penetrate a network
      7. The critical thinking skills required to analyze network connectivity problems and make necessary judgments to troubleshoot hardware and software
      8. The ability to interact with users/customers in a professional, businesslike manner

Program Length: 6 quarters (18 months)
A Specialized (Occupational) Associate degree will be awarded upon successful completion of all graduation requirements.

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