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Cybersecurity Center

Center of Academic Excellence

Because of our commitment to Cybersecurity, PCC has been designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).national security administration and department of homeland security logos

Welcome to PCC’s Cybersecurity Center! At this site you can find information on PCC’s academic cybersecurity programs, housed in the Computer Information Systems department, as well as cybersecurity news and activities, both internal and external to PCC.

Oversight of the Cybersecurity Center comes from the Computer Information Systems department and its external board of advisors. Points of contact:

About the program

Earn a certificate or degree 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 2 Year Education.
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
Cybersecurity program student outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.

  • Analyze a broadly-defined security problem and apply principles of cybersecurity to the design and implementation of solutions.
  • Apply security principles and practices to maintain operations in the presence of risks and threats.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in cybersecurity practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member of a team engaged in cybersecurity activities.
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 standards in maintaining information security in cyberspace.
  • Successfully adapt to new technologies, tools, and methodologies to remain current in their occupation.
Cybersecurity AAS enrollment and graduation data

Enrollment numbers indicate number of students enrolled in a CIS course in the Fall of the year who have declared the Cybersecurity AAS degree.

  • 2019-2020
    • Enrollment: 34
    • Degrees awarded: 24
  • 2020-2021
    • Enrollment: 168
    • Degrees awarded (up to Spring 2021): 19

Cybersecurity at PCC

NSA’s Codebreaker Challenge

In 2020, the Codebreaker Challenge started on October 8. Last year, the challenge followed a storyline and was part of a multi-phase event. If interested in the Codebreaker Challenge, stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s challenge.

Cyber Carnival Games

Last October 2020, students took part in a game experience celebrating Cyber Security Awareness Month with a virtual festival assembled by Katzcy Cyber Games. It included activities and drawings that brought home the sights, smells, and tastes of the carnival. We know cyber gaming plays a critical role in building a strong workforce! Therefore, all business professionals and college students are invited to participate in our free virtual festival. Games are designed for all levels of expertise. If interested, visit the Cyber Carnival Games website.

National Cyber League

We welcome new and returning players. Fall 2021 season schedule:

  • Access to practice challenges: August 23 – December 17
  • Preseason game: October 11-18
  • Individual game: October 22-24
  • Team game: November 5-7

If you missed the Spring 2021 season, join us for this Fall season gameplay! PCC is looking for students of all cybersecurity skill levels, from beginners to advanced students, to compete in the upcoming Fall season competition. See the National Cyber League website or email Po-Chin Cheng for more information.

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