Award: Certificate in Information Systems Security
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Dawn Grissom, 443-412-2364, dgrissom@harford.edu; or Admissions, 443-412-2109.

The Cyber Defense Certificate is designed to enable students to obtain knowledge, skills, and competencies in the challenging cybersecurity field. The certificate is designed in a compressed format so that students complete four courses per semester. Students completing the certificate are able to combine these credits toward the completion of the Information Assurance and Cybersecurity A.A.S. degree to satisfy their individual goals.

Upon successful completion of this program of study, students will be able to:
  1. Apply software patches to operating systems and applications
  2. Assess a computer system's security vulnerabilities using appropriate resources
  3. Use standard software tools to detect attempted security breaches of computer systems
  4. Implement computer network security defenses
  5. Prepare for industry recognized certifications

 NumberTitle Credits
 ISS 105Intro to Cybersecurity 3   
 CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3   
 CIS 114Introduction to Computer User Support 
 ISS 222Computer Forensics 3   
 CIS 135Introduction to Networks 3   
 CIS 210Fundamentals of Network Security 3   
 CIS 104Computer Operating Systems 3   
 CIS 110Introduction to UNIX/Linux 4   
 CIS 211MS Windows Server Operating System 3   
 ISS 220Strategic Infrastructure Security 3   
 ISS 111Cisco 1 4   
 ISS 221Network Defense & Countermeasures 3   
 ISS 112Cisco 2 4   
 Total Credits39  

According to the Occupational Handbook, national employment is expected to increase by as much as 28% from 2016-2026 in the cybersecurity field. Demand is expected to be very high, as these individuals will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.

Recent employment data for the state of Maryland published by EMSI Economic Modeling in 2015 suggests the State has experienced a 53% increase in cyber job postings since 2011.

The Courses listed in the Cyber Defense Certificate are designed to align with the competencies identified and desired by employers. Students successfully completing are prepared to pursue industry certifications such as Net , Sec , Linux , CCENT.


Students earning a certificate from HCC must complete or demonstrate exemption from the following courses: ENG 003 and ENG 012, or ENG 018, and MATH 020. See graduation requirement details in this catalog for further information.

Cyber Defense Certificate
Program Level - Undergraduate certificate
Program Length - 1.5 years

Occupations: Information Security Analyst
CIP Code: 11.1003
SOC Code: 15-1122.00
Link to O*Net: http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1122.00

*How much will this program cost me?
In-State (in-county) Tuition and fees: $6,037.00
Out-of-State Tuition and fees: $9,567.00
Books and supplies: $1,258.00
On-campus room & board: not offered

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

What financing options are available to help me pay for this program?
Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:
Federal loans: *
Private education loans: *
Institutional financing plan: *

* Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 18 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2016-2017, *% finished in 18 months.

*Less than 10 students completed this program in 2016-2017. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2016-2017 is *%.

* This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Template: http://ww2.harford.edu/gedt/11.1003CD-GEDT.html