Cumberland County College to Offer Cybersecurity Degree Program

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Reports of online data security breaches dominate the headlines as more and more individuals, businesses and governmental entities fall victim to widespread cyber attacks.

The demand for cybersecurity, the protection of computer system data against theft or damage, is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade. Cumberland County College is meeting that demand by offering a new Cybersecurity associate degree program, beginning with the fall 2018 semester.

“Personal, financial and business assets are subject to exploits by bad actors who sell the information on the dark web,” said the college’s Cybersecurity Administrator and Instructor, Anthony Haddad. “Our objective at Cumberland County College is to offer strong, cutting-edge knowledge, and defensive and offensive skill sets to prepare students for a premier career in cybersecurity.”

According to Haddad, the median salary for a career in cybersecurity is $95,000, and 300,000 cybersecurity job openings exist across the country.

Designed to be approachable and practical, Cumberland County College’s program will prepare students to enter the workforce as entry-level cybersecurity professionals or ethical hackers.

Upon successful completion of the cybersecurity program, students will be ready to apply for at least one industry-recognized certification, such as Certified Ethical Hacker, Cybersecurity Analyst, and CompTIA A+ hardware repair.

“Cybersecurity jobs are on the rise, and the demand for professionals is very high for every industry,” Haddad said. “Future careers may include those as a Security Technician, Security Analyst, Security Administrator, and Security Auditor.”

Cumberland’s students will gain a solid foundation for the seamless transfer into a bachelor’s degree program, such as Wilmington University’s Computer and Network Security program which is offered at the Shirlee and Bernard Brown University Center on the Vineland campus.

Cumberland County College’s fall semester classes begin Sept. 5. For more information about cybersecurity programming, contact Professor Haddad at ahaddad@cccnj.edu or call 856-691-8600, ext. 2393.

In the photo: Professor Anthony Haddad teaches a class in cybersecurity at Cumberland County College.

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