Cybersecurity Defense Center
Online threats are continuing to grow, as more businesses have reported cyberattacks with the increase in remote work. Cybersecurity attacks are deliberate exploitation of computer systems, technology and networks. Some of the most common attacks include advanced phishing, malware, ransomware, password-based cyberattacks, and IoT and smart medical device attacks. Data compromised in a cyberattack can be used in crimes including identity theft, credit card fraud, counterfeit goods, piracy and patent infringement.
The Information Technology and Public Safety Centers of Excellence are working together to address both issues with the Cybersecurity Defense Center. The center was formed to provide shared learning and training space, along with courses and events for businesses and the community.
The College has dedicated approximately 1,000 square feet of space at its Western Campus for public-facing cybersecurity and cybercrime programming.
The unique design of this space allows it to be used for a variety of classes and training exercises. The space includes workbenches for hands-on training, along with pods and desks to facilitate discussions among small work groups. A larger classroom provides space for courses and events, and includes LCD screens.
Cyberattacks affect businesses, governments, academic institutions and individuals in the community, and better education is key to preventing them from occurring. The IT Center of Excellence is committed to cybersecurity education, with programs including community seminars and short-term training, and associate degree career paths.
- Identity Protection – Protecting Your Personal Computer (in development)
- Cybersecurity in the Age of COVID-19 (coming Spring 2021)
- Hackathon (coming Fall 2021)
- ISACA Certification Programs (coming Fall 2021)
- Certified Ethical Hacker (coming Fall 2021)
Since criminals conduct cybercrimes on a local and global scale, nearly every branch of law enforcement has some capacity dedicated to working on these cases. To better prepare future law enforcement professionals for the world of cybersecurity, the Public Safety Center of Excellence is exploring concentrations in cybercrime for its criminal justice degree program. In addition, because law enforcement professionals specializing in cybercrimes need continuing education, the center is also discussing the possibility of post-degree certificates and other training courses.
Academic Programs (coming in 2022)
- Cyber Forensics
- The Investigative Process
- Ethics in Criminal Justice
- Criminal Law
- Criminal Evidence