What is Cyber Security?

Cyber security 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 cyber security and physical security.

Are you ready to work in Cyber Security?

Here is an unsettling statistic: more than 80 percent of U.S. companies have been hacked!

Big name companies like LinkedIn, Target, Sony and Home Depot fell victim to hackers in recent years, revealing not just a multitude of information – the hackings also exposed the harsh reality of cyber crime in the digital age. With the ongoing and seemingly never-ending flood of cyber attacks, companies and governments the world over need experienced, skilled professionals to protect, defend, and strike back.

If you are looking to join the fight against cyber crime and want to have a positive impact on society, why not make a career out of it? Maybe your main concern is helping your family achieve financial stability. 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 cyber security professionals entering the workforce. The San Diego Community College District is committed to helping educate the nation’s students in cyber security to develop a more resilient and capable cyber nation. 

Our Cyber Security Program

Our Cyber Security 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 Cyber Security Industry Economic Impact Analysis and Workforce Study, June 2016