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Cybersecurity Center

Harford Community College offers students a variety of options to enter the critically important field of cybersecurity.

Whether you are looking to get started in a cyber career, to enhance a current skill-set, or increase your cyber awareness, Harford has courses and programs to help you achieve your objective.

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National Center of Academic Excellence

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

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Harford Community College Information Technology Support
Computer Use Guidelines and Security (Available on request)
Network and Internet Security (Available on Request)

NOTE: Additional information for students and staff is available on OwlNet.


Cybersecurity Programs of Study

Harford Community College offers students a variety of options to enter the critically important field of cybersecurity.

Whether you're looking to start your cyber career, expand your current skill-set, or advance your role in the ever-changing field of cybersecurity, Harford has courses and programs that will prepare you for taking the next step.

Accelerated AAS: Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Accelerated AAS: Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

Recognizing the critical importance of effectively and quickly preparing a skilled cybersecurity workforce, Harford offers an accelerated AAS degree program. The Monday/Wednesday evening program includes online and hybrid courses that can be completed in 17 months. Same skills, less time, faster entry into the world of cyber.

AAS: Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

AAS: Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

For students interested in immediately entering the workforce or transferring to a four-year institution, the AAS degree prepares you to enter the high-demand field of information technology security. With the increase of computer viruses and other security breaches, companies need professionals who can protect their data and equipment from internal and external security threats. Students gain hands-on experience with the latest hardware and software and learn to implement appropriate security policies and procedures.

Certificate: Information Assurance and Cybersecurity 

Certificate: Information Assurance and Cybersecurity 

This certificate program prepares students to enter the high demand field of Information Technology Security. This program is designed for individuals with IT experience who are looking to advance their career in the cybersecurity field.

Cyber Defense Certificate

Cyber Defense Certificate

This accelerated program is comprised of several industry-standard certifications offered in a cohort format which is modular and competency based. Upon completing the program students 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 Certificate can stack their credits to articulate to the Information Assurance and Cybersecurity AAS degree program and ultimately to a Bachelor’s degree program.


Certification Prep Courses

These noncredit courses prepare you to sit for nationally recognized certification exams. Once the industry credentials are obtained, students may use them to verify their various levels of training for the purpose of obtaining employment, advancing their careers, or toward prior learning credit for those wishing to enter a certificate or degree program.

CompTIA®: A+  |   Network+  |  Security+


EC-Council: CEH


IAC/CIS Advisory Committee

The IAC/CIS Advisory Committee is an assemblage of individuals from industry, government, and academia who bring unique skills and perspectives that guide curriculum development and evaluation. The Committee makes recommendations to inform Harford Community College of current and upcoming industry needs and standards to ensure our graduates are well prepared for entry-level positions or for transfer to 4-year institutions.

Mr. Sabum Anyangwe, Harford Community College
Dr. Roberto Cavazos, University of Baltimore
Ms. Portia Crowe, PEO C32
Mr. Ben Curley, T2S Solutions
Mr. Danny  DeMarinis, University Research Park
Mr. Ralf Fritze, Harford Community College
Mr. Jack Getz, Harford County Public Schools
Mr. Madrice Guy, Harford Community College
Mr. Joe Kovacic, US Defense Information Systems Agency & Defense Spectrum Organization
Mr. David Law, Harford Community College
Mr. Rob Limpert, Harford County Public Schools
Mr. Anthony  Lisuzzo, ShipCom
Mr. Frank Mayer, Harford Community College
Mr. Toby Musser, MNS Group
Ms. Michele Pulaski
Mr. Albert Richardson, Harford Community College
Mr. Lugi Romano
Mr. Michael Shirk, Harford Community College
Ms. Cassandra Boyer, CECOM SEC
Mr. Marc Troiani, Troiani Associates
Ms. Teri Weston, Harford Community College


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