AVON PARK, Fla. – Nov. 7, 2016 – South Florida State College’s Network Security Program has earned recognition from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as an approved provider of cybersecurity training.

The decision by DHS’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) to place SFSC’s Network Security Program in its Education and Training Catalog brings the college to the attention of students across the nation looking to enroll in approved cybersecurity training courses.

“Our inclusion in the NICCS’s catalog puts SFSC’s Network Security Program on the map, both literally and figuratively,” said Brian Bohlman, instructor of networking technologies and digital forensics. “The catalog is online, so students looking for training can scan a map of the United States for an approved training center, one just like SFSC.”

Bohlman said the NICCS catalog is a central location where cybersecurity professionals across the nation search for more than 2,800 cybersecurity-related courses. Anyone can use the interactive map and filters to search for courses offered in one’s area.

Students taking these courses can add to their skill set, increase their level of expertise, earn a certification, or even transition into a new career, according to Bohlman.

The NICCS connects government employees, students, educators, and industry with cybersecurity training providers at colleges and university across the nation.

SFSC launched its Network Security Program two years ago in response to the growing demand for information technology professionals skilled in protecting computer networks from hacking and other malicious intrusions.

SFSC also just received word of its acceptance into the Orlando chapter of InfraGard, the cybersecurity initiative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bohlman noted.

“InfraGard is a partnership among the FBI, businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States,” Bohlman said.

SFSC’s Network Security Program recently gained recognition from Cisco System’s Networking Academy, the industry’s leader in networking, for providing the best delivery of Cisco’s Internet of Everything (IoE) curriculum.

For more information about the Network Security Program at SFSC, contact Bohlman at bohlmanb@southflorida.edu or call the SFSC Advising and Counseling Center at 863-784-7131.