Cyber Defense Certificate

Providing hands-on experience and a pathway to immediate, entry-level employment in the high-paying, burgeoning field of cybersecurity

The Program

This Cyber Defense Certificate program is accelerated, comprised of several industry-standard certifications, offered in a cohort format, modular, and competency based. Completed coursework, industry certifications, and prior learning may be eligible for credit. Upon completion, students will have earned industry certifications and a Certificate in Cyber Defense.

Students that complete the program will have the knowledge and skills to apply for jobs such as Computer Network Defense Analysts, Network Administrators, Computer Network Defense Infrastructure Support, Intrusion Detection System (IDS) Technicians, and Systems Administrators. Students desiring to further their education beyond the Cyber Defense Certificate can stack their college credits to articulate to Harford Community College's Information Assurance and Cybersecurity A.A.S. degree and ultimately to a bachelor's degree.

Harford's Information Assurance and Cybersecurity program has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE CDE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in cybersecurity is expected to increase by 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Additionally, the 2015 Burning Glass Job Market Intelligence report indicates that job postings for cybersecurity positions have grown three times as fast as overall IT jobs and command an average of $6,500 more in annual salaries.

Paying for the Program

If eligible, financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private), institutional financing plans, local workforce investment boards, or VA benefits. Current tuition rates.

Cyber Info for Veterans

Harford Community College is excited to offer our veteran members valuable opportunities and resources from the Department of Homeland Security that can help them transition into their next mission: a rewarding career in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity Training and Education Guide for Veterans.

Why Cyber?

Is This Program Right For Me?

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Are you looking for a career change?

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Are you available for evening classes between 5:30 and 9:30 on campus?

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Can you to commit to a rigorous course schedule and complete the full program?

Intro to Cybersecurity
CIS102 Intro to Information Sciences
CIS135 Intro to Networks (Net+)
Computer Forensics
CIS104 Computer Operating Systems
CIS210 Fundamentals of Network Security (Security+)
CIS211 MS Windows Server Operating System
CIS110 Intro to UNIX/Linux (Linux+)
ISS111 Cisco 1
ISS220 Strategic Infrastructure Security
ISS112 Cisco 2 (CCENT)
ISS221 Network Defense and Countermeasures
  *Students with a valid A+ may receive
credit for CIS 114 instead of taking ISS 222


Dawn Grissom, Project Director
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Harford Community College is a partner with Cyber Pathways across Maryland (CPAM), a collaboration of fourteen community colleges tasked with creating a statewide pipeline of qualified individuals in Cybersecurity. This program was funded by a TAACCCT grant which is co-administered by the Department of Labor and Department of Education.