Cape Cod Community College announces Cybersecurity Degree, Certificate

Penetration Testing Utilizing "Ethical Hacking"
Cape Cod Community College Professor Andrea Lyons

It is a sellers’ market for those with cybersecurity skills. 

Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) is answering the call to technically and professionally prepare individuals to enter this in-demand field of IT Security. With so many of these positions allowing employees to work from their homes, CCCC students will be readily employable and able to work for companies located anywhere in the world.

Just this past October, Cape Cod local media were reporting that U.S. companies were trying to fill 209,000 cybersecurity jobs, and that by 2019 that number could explode to over 1.5 million between private industry and the U.S. Government. An average salary is $99,000 for a cybersecurity specialist with only three years’ experience in design, deployment and administration of security systems with staggeringly high salaries for lead software security engineers making between $230,000 and $240,000 a year. But, where do you prepare to receive the appropriate skills to enter the IT Security workforce with an entry level position in this rapidly expanding field?

The answer now is Cape Cod Community College. 

At its January board meeting, the College’s Trustees unanimously approved a new degree concentration, and a new academic certificate program that will give students the training they need to test how secure company’s networks are. The new program will train students to become “ethical” hackers with the intention of preventing malicious hackers from penetrating an employer’s networks

President John Cox noted that the new program is another example of the strength of the College’s faculty in their disciplines, and especially the initiative of Information Technology Prof. Andrea Lyons in addressing a critical need in today’s digital world while providing graduates with pathways to outstanding careers. “This program, as with our expanding Nursing Program, new Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, and the growth in our Criminal Justice partnership with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Facility, shows the vibrancy of this College to meet both community and student needs,” he stated.

The new IT: Security Penetration Testing program was developed to allow students taking the individual courses to prepare for a number of different industry recognized/industry-standard certification exams. Applicants position themselves at the top of the hiring pool by earning both a college degree and choosing to take these outside certifications.

In the program students will learn networking, ethical hacking, reversed engineering, penetration testing and Linux, as well as take business courses, and social and behavioral sciences courses making them well rounded and critical thinkers.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the demand for cybersecurity professionals is expected to grow 53 percent by the end of 2017. Research about this field indicates that 56 percent of cybersecurity professionals need the right level training to keep up with evolving business and IT risks. Since there are so many positions already available and so few skilled potential employees, 46 percent of cybersecurity professionals already working in the field state that they are solicited by cybersecurity recruiters at least once per week. This shortage is driving up salaries because there are not enough skilled cybersecurity professionals to meet current and projected industry needs. As the field grows so rapidly, the existing cybersecurity workforce is not adequately trained, managed or supported, but Cape Cod Community College plans to help to resolve these issues.

Cape Cod Community College expects students to be enrolled in the new degree or the new academic certificate program by this coming Fall 2017. Individuals interested in learning more about the program itself may contact Professor Andrea Lyons at 774-330-4743 or by email at [email protected].

Individuals wishing to enroll in the program are asked to contact the College’s Admissions Office at 774-330-4311, or inquire directly to [email protected]. An Admissions professional familiar with the program will respond to the email inquiry.


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