Cyber Security and Assurance, AAS

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    Program Overview

    The Cyber Security and Assurance Program at BCCC emphasizes the need to build a wall between our private information and those who seek to exploit it. Recurring events such as virus, worms, and online attacks committed by hackers or other cyber criminals, have revealed weaknesses in current information technologies and the need to heighten the security of these critical systems. Students will gain practical experience in understanding threats and dangers, assessing security and analyzing a wide range of businesses, and the steps needed to mitigate these vulnerabilities through state-of-the-art technology. The program prepares students for vendor-specific or commercially available security certification.

    NSA-CAE in Cyber Defense, CAE-CD

    Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Community
    The Cyber Security and Assurance Program of Study (PoS) has been approved by the National Security Agency (NSA) and designated as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense, CAE-CD. For more information, contact Dr. Denise Holland, BCCC's NSA-CAE point of contact (POC), at
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Career Options

  • The rise in cyber-crimes has outpaced the knowledge base needed to provide required counter measures, and a growing need exists for cyber security careers in this geographic region. Much of the demand is fueled by the growing information technology (IT) industry, which is particularly strong in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia because of the large federal infrastructure including intelligence and the U.S. Department of Defense agencies and related contractors. In fact, Maryland is the national epicenter of federal cyber security activities and is home to:
    • The National Security Agency
    • The Intelligent Advanced Research Projects Activity
    • The National Institute of Standards
    • Defense Information Systems Agency Headquarters
    • U.S. Cyber Command headquarters
    • Department of Defense expansion of the intelligence and communications responsibilities at Fort Meade and at Aberdeen Proving Ground through the BRAC initiatives

Job Description

  • Jobs opportunities that are available to students who complete the program are:
    • Cyber Security Technician
    • Chief Security Operator
    • Cyber Security Analyst
    • Cyber Security Risk Assessment Support
    • Cyber Data Security
    • Cyber Security Associate
    • Situation Awareness Solutions Support

College Named In Top 10 Associate Degrees in Cyber Security

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Program Faculty

  • Dr. Denise Holland 
    Associate Professor & Program Coordinator
    BCCC's NSA-CAE point of contact (POC)
    Liberty Campus, Life Sciences Building, Room 320
    410-462-8540 (office)

    Neal Helton
    Assistant Professor of Cyber Security
    Liberty Campus, Life Sciences Building, Room 322

Skills Needed

  • The Cyber Security and Assurance professional must have the analytical skills on a wide range of businesses necessary for computer security assessment.