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Cybersecurity Certificate Program

Certificate -  Computer Information Technology Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Applications/Concepts or Info Technology Problem Solving CIT110 or CIT113* 3 Prerequisites for CIT110: ESL098 or RDG095 or placement; prerequisites for CIT113: ENG090 and RDG090 or placement
Principles of Internet and Info Security CIT118 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Cisco Networking I CIT162 3 RDG095 or ESL098 or placement
Introduction to Computer Forensics CIT121 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Windows Operating Systems CIT268 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Networking Security CIT264 3 CIT162
Information Security and Assurance CIT219 3 CIT268
Python Programming CIT125 3 CIT113 or CIT110 or CIT120 or CMT121
Ethical Hacking CIT273 4 CIT268 or CIT270 or Chair approval
Total Credits 28
Last Modified Date: July 9, 2018

*Note: CIT-113 recommended for this program. CIT113 satisfies Learning Communities Requirement. CIT264 is aligned with CompTIA Security+.

Option Overview

This option may prepare students to support the security of networks, systems located on these networks, and the data/information contained within those systems; identifying, developing, implementing and maintaining security processes throughout organizations to reduce risks, respond to incidents and limit exposure and liability; identifying, notifying, and responding to security threats to networks.

Career Outlook

This option is designed to align with the National Institute of Technology and Standards’ (NITS) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to ensure consistent, current, and flexible training in the growing technology field of Information Security. Graduates of this option may qualify for positions as entry level information security professionals.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand network protocols and routing.
  • Understand commonly used network services - DNS, mail, web, etc. as well as less common network services.
  • Perform packet analysis and be able to identify malformed packets.
  • Understand differences between various operating systems - which OS an event came from and which OS is vulnerable to a certain attack.
  • Define the types of malicious software found in modern networks.
  • Explain the threats and countermeasures for physical security and social engineering.
  • Perform footprinting, port scans, and enumeration on a network.
  • Perform very simple programming in C, HTML, and Perl, specifically oriented towards the needs of network security professionals.
  • Identify Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities and to harden systems.
  • Identify Linux vulnerabilities and to protect servers.
  • Describe and deploy security devices, including routers, firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, and honeypots.
  • Describe the ethics associated with the use of hacking or penetration testing tools and techniques.