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Cybersecurity Fundamentals, less than 1 year certificate

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Cybersecurity Center

Get involved or learn more with PCC’s Cybersecurity Center.

Earn a certificate in Cybersecurity Fundamentals at Portland Community College:

  • Specialize in cybersecurity while learning about computing.
  • Increase your understanding of robust cyber defense technology.
  • Utilize computer technology to address information system needs with security in mind.
  • Analyze common security vulnerabilities and apply appropriate security controls.

Program features

  • Hands-on labs and lecture
  • Classroom and/or web-based courses
  • Courses mapped to the knowledge units of the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security requirements for a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Career possibilities

The cybersecurity sector has high growth and good salaries. Jobs you can apply for with an AAS in Cybersecurity:

  • Network Defense Technician
  • Cyber Defense Analyst
  • Intrusion Analyst
  • Incident Responder
  • IT Auditor

Award information

Awards with a icon can be earned completely online, or you can choose a mix of online and on-campus classes.

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Certificate: Cybersecurity FundamentalsLess than 1 yearLimited entry, see how
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Course listing for the 2021-2022 catalog year.

CIS 121Information Systems and Programming4
CIS 122Introduction to Programming Logic4
CIS 140MOperating Systems I: Microsoft4
CIS 179Data Communication Concepts I4
CIS 184CIntroduction to Information Security4
CIS 284CCybersecurity Concepts4
CS 140UIntroduction to UNIX4
Total Credits28

Cybersecurity program educational objectives

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The program educational objectives for the Cybersecurity AAS degree program are as follows:

  • Identify, analyze, plan, implement, monitor cybersecurity mechanisms to protect information assets, computer systems, and networks, and respond to attacks.
  • Hold professional positions in a cybersecurity-related occupation, or pursue advanced study in cybersecurity or a related field of interest.
  • Effectively lead, work and communicate in cross functional teams.
  • Be recognized as security professionals who apply ethical and moral standards in maintaining information security in cyberspace.
  • Successfully adapt to new technologies, tools, and methodologies to remain current in their occupation.

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