What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is generally defined as the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs, and electronic data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access. In a computing context, information security includes both cybersecurity and physical security.

Are you ready to work in Cybersecurity?

According to a Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey,
more than 80 percent of U.S. companies have been hacked!

Search the headlines and you will find no shortage of victims (Equifax, Google, Yahoo, Sony, Target, Home Depot) of sophisticated hacking techniques. While more questions are being asked about how our information is being stored and shared, companies are finding a shortage of skilled professionals to protect their information resources.

If you are looking for an exciting career change, join the fight against cybercrime. Financial security? The median pay for a security analyst is $86,000 per year. The cyber leaders of tomorrow are sitting in classrooms today. As cyber threats continue to evolve, the nation’s protection against them relies on a steady stream of qualified cybersecurity professionals entering the workforce. The San Diego Community College District is committed to helping educate the nation’s students in cybersecurity to develop a more resilient and capable cybernation.

Our Cybersecurity Program

Our Cybersecurity program is designed specifically to prepare students for entry into a number of cyber related occupations in government, defense, law enforcement, and private industry. The curriculum will provide students with a critical baseline of technology skills, both offensive and defensive, as well as critical thinking skills and investigative thought processes that enable students to analyze problems and render solutions.

Students will apply knowledge of human and organizational behavior to predict vulnerabilities created by human error; understand and know how to apply legal and ethical standards to the world of cyber, and be able to communicate effectively. 

In addition, San Diego City College has partnered with CompTIA, EC-Council, Microsoft, Oracle, and VMware to bring students a robust and affordable industry certification training program. Students will be prepared to take high demand certifications, such as: CompTIA Security+, Network+, and Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP); EC-Council Certified Secure Computer User (CSCU) Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI); and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. Courses will combine hands-on cyber activities in a controlled environment with a strong academic educational experience that improves communication and critical thinking skills.

Click here for Program details.

San Diego’s Cyber Economy by the Numbers

Rising job growth and economic impact coupled with a robust talent pool

Source: SDCCOE’s San Diego Cybersecurity Industry Economic Impact Analysis and Workforce Study, June 2016