Cisco Networking Academy puts theory and hands-on experience into practice. Click here to learn Paola's story.Applied Cybersecurity – Occupational Certificate (OC)

This program places an intensive focus on developing job skills that lead to employment in a short period of time. The Occupational Certificate verifies that graduates have mastered the skills taught in this program. Occupational credits may be transferred to SFSC’s College Credit Certificate Network Security program or the Associate in Science degree in Network Systems Technology (Security Concentration).

As more business is conducted online, the demand is growing for cybersecurity specialists who can protect computer networks and their vast resources from falling prey to cyber-crime.

Cyber-criminals shut down websites, release malware and viruses that damage computers, use phishing schemes to collect personal information to use for identity theft, and steal confidential information about companies and their customers. Cybersecurity professionals are instrumental in developing innovative solutions that stop these criminals in their tracks.

SFSC’s Applied Cybersecurity program offers specialized courses in information security, network security planning and analysis, hardware, software, and web security. Cybersecurity professionals find employment in any industry that uses computer networks to operate or has a strong online presence, including government institutions, banking, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, insurance and retail and hospitality.

Program Recognition

The Applied Cybersecurity program has earned distinguished endorsements from FBI Infragard, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. South Florida State College is recognized as a CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner and a CISCO Networking Academy.

 

 

Employment Potential

This occupational certificate qualifies you for entry-level positions in careers such as:

  • Information Security Analyst: Develops security measures that protect computer networks
  • Penetration Tester: Evaluates IT infrastructures to discover vulnerabilities that could be exploited by criminals
  • Computer Systems Administrator: Responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems and servers
  • Network Support Specialist: Maintains computer networks, analyze breaches, and diagnose causes of networking problems

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of IT security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent 2014-24. Recent figures from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity indicate that computer network support specialists in SFSC’s service district make an entry level wage of approximately $18 an hour.

Degree Map

Length: 750 contact hours / 25 occupational credits

Course
Contact Hours
Term 1
 
Cybersecurity Associate I
150
Information Security Administrator I
37.5
 
 
Term 2
 
Cybersecurity Associate II
150
Information Security Administrator II
37.5
 
 
Term 3
 
Cybersecurity Associate III
150
Security Administrator III
37.5
 
 
Term 4
 
Cybersecurity Associate IV
150
Information Security Administrator IV
37.5

Admission Requirements

For information about admission requirements to the Applied Cybersecurity program, consult the College Catalog or contact:

Advising and Counseling Center
863-784-7131
advising@southflorida.edu

Brian Bohlman
863-784-7443
bohlmanb@southflorida.edu

Cindy Kinser
Chair, Department of Business and Computer Technologies
784-7325
kinserc@southflorida.edu