Cerro Coso Community College

Cyber Security Technician Certificate

Cyber Security Technician Certificate

What can I do with this?

The Cyber Security Technician Certificate

  • Provides students with skills to enter the job market as information security specialists, information security technicians, information assurance technicians, networking security technicians, and cyber security technicians.
  • Prepares students to transfer to a Baccalaureate program in Cyber Security, Computer Information Systems, Management Information Systems or related programs.

You can use this to:

  • Pursue professional employment in Information Security for Business
  • Enhance career opportunities as a:
    • Information Assurance Technician
    • Information Security Analyst
    • Network Security Professional
    • Cyber Security Technician

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What will I learn?

  • To configure, install, diagnose, and support hardware and software issues.
  • To utilize identifying tools and methodologies that hackers use to break into a network computer and defend a computer and local area network against a variety of different types of security attacks using a number of hands-on techniques.
  • To design, analyze, and support computer networks.
  • To apply problem-solving, programming, and application development including the ability to design, test, debug, and implement complex computer programs..
  • To operate servers, storage, and virtualization including implementing and evaluating network security solutions.
  • To read and interpret technical information, as well as communicate with and write clearly for wide ranges of audiences.

What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Complete all of the following courses:

Advisory: ENGL C070

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course is an examination of information systems and their role in business. Focus is on information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, computer systems hardware and software components. Students develop computer-based solutions to business problems.

Advisory: IT C101

54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals. The fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as security, networking, and the responsibilities of an ICT professional are introduced. This course prepares students for the CompTIA’s A+ certification exam.

Advisory: IT C142 or 1 year equivalent building and/or maintaining computer systems which includes setting up equipment, installing software and repairing. Additional experience in setting up computers on a network is needed.

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP (Internet Protocol) addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for further study of computer networks. It uses the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) and TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) layered models to examine the nature and roles of protocols and services at the application, network, data link, and physical layers. This course prepares students for the current version of CompTIA’s Network+ certification exam.

Advisory: IT C101 and IT C142, or 2 years equivalent experience in the Information Technology field

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and topics of Information Technology Security and Risk Management at the organizational level. It addresses hardware, software, processes, communications, applications, and policies and procedures with respect to organizational Cybersecurity and Risk Management.

Prerequisite: IT C101. Advisory: IT C143

45 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to build, maintain, troubleshoot and support server hardware and software technologies. Topics include environmental issues, disaster recovery and physical / software security procedures, industry terminology and concepts, server roles / specializations, and interaction within the overall computing environment. This course prepares students for the current version of CompTIA’s Server+ certification exam.

Prerequisite: IT C101

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and models of application development including the basic concepts of program design, data structures, programming, problem solving, programming logic, and fundamental design techniques for event-driven programs. Students receive hands-on experience with a modern application programming language and development platform.

Prerequisite: IT C101. Advisory: IT C142, IT C143, IT C146

45 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. This course introduces the network security specialist to the various methodologies for attacking a network. Students are introduced to the concepts, principles, and techniques, supplemented by hands-on exercises, for attacking and disabling a network within the context of properly securing a network. The course emphasizes network attack methodologies with the emphasis on student use of network attack techniques and tools and appropriate defenses and countermeasures. Students receive course content information through a variety of methods: lecture and demonstration of hacking tools are used in addition to a virtual environment. Students experience a hands-on practical approach to penetration testing measures and ethical hacking.

Prerequisite: IT C101. Advisory IT C143, IT C146

45 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory. The course presents a systematic methodology for analyzing a business problem or opportunity, determining what role, if any, computer-based technologies can play in addressing the business need, articulating business requirements for the technology solution, specifying alternative approaches to acquiring the technology capabilities needed to address the business requirements, and specifying the requirements for the information systems solution in particular, in-house development, development from third-party providers, or purchased commercial-off-the-shelf packages.

Complete one of the following courses:

Prerequisite: MATH C053 or MATH C055

54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course covers data analysis using descriptive and inferential statistics. Graphs and computations include measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, and presentation of data on a histogram, scatter plot, box plot, and the normal curve. Probability concepts include those for discrete and continuous random variables. Sampling and hypothesis testing are covered for means and variances. Topics from algebra are combined with applications in statistics in the lab portion of the class. This course applies to the degree requirements for students not majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Approved for IGETC Area 2, CSU GE Area B4, Local GE Area 4.

Prerequisite: MATH C053 or MATH C055. Advisory: ENGL C101 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

72 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course covers elements of descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency, dispersion and presentation of data. Included are concepts of probability, random variables and normally distributed random variables. Sampling error, sampling processes and the distribution of sample means are applied to real life examples. Students will conduct hypothesis testing of means and proportions for one and two populations and linear regression testing using the least squares criterion. Students use descriptive and inferential methods employing linear regression and study one and two way analysis of variance. The honors section provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class; the honors course also requires at least one extra research assignment. Approved for IGETC Area 2, CSU GE Area B4, Local GE Area 4.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

72 hours lecture. Finite Mathematics is designed for students majoring in Business/Economics, Computer Information Systems, and Social Sciences. Topics to be covered include matrices, linear programming, mathematics of finance, sets and Venn diagrams, descriptive statistics, probability and combinations. Approved for IGETC Area 2, CSU GE Area B4, Local GE Area 4.

Prerequisite: MATH C055

72 hours lecture. This course emphasizes the concepts of differential calculus and integral calculus as they relate to business and economics. The course integrates rates of change, interest formulas, concepts of demand and elasticity, as well as exponential and logarithmic applications. Approved for IGETC Area 2, CSU GE Area B4, Local GE Area 4.

Program Pathways

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All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: CC Online

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This certificate requires 30.0 units and will likely take 3 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

30.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $1,380 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,800* for books and supplies

Total cost $3,180 for 3 semesters


30.0 units

at $329 per unit

Equals $9,870 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $1,800* for books and supplies

Total cost $11,670 for 3 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

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