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Cybersecurity (Fast-Track) 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 & Info Security CIT118 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Cisco Networking I CIT162 3 RDG095 or ESL098 or placement
Networking Security CIT264 3 CIT162
Information Security and Assurance CIT219 3 CIT268
IT Career Exploration CIT102 1
Total Credits 16
Last Modified Date: July 9, 2018

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

Program Overview

Designed for the IT technician or professional seeking new and updated skills in the area of information security and assurance, this basic level certificate may enhance existing knowledge for increased job opportunities and employment growth. This program aligns with the COMPTIA National Standards for Security + Certification. It may prepare students to be responsible for desktop security support contained within a networked environment.

Career Outlook

This entry level certificate provides the skills necessary to provide basic security support for networked computers. It is an entry point into the field of Information Security. This option is designed to provide alignment with the entry level National Institute of Technology and Standards’ (NITS) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education and 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 desktop support technicians.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Secure a desktop computer connected to a network.
  • Install and configure security software.
  • Analyze potential security threats.
  • Delineate differences between various operating system security issues.
  • Define the types of malicious software found.