Cyber Defense Certificate

Division: Business and Computer Information Systems


The Cyber Defense Certificate provides concepts and hands-on skills to identify Cybersecurity threats and implement procedures to protect Cyber assets. It will also enhance students’ chances to pursue a professional career in Cybersecurity by giving them various options to prepare for industry-recognized certificates such as Network+, Security+, CySA+, CCNA, CyberOps, MCSA and AWS. To earn a certificate, complete the required courses as listed with a grade of C or better. At least 50% of all course work must be completed at Cypress College. This certificate requires a total of 26-27 units.

Complete the Required and Elective Coure Courses and one Area of Emphasis (26-27 units):26-27
Required Core Courses (8 units):
IT and Cybersecurity Fundamentals (formerly Cybersecurity Competition)4
Cisco Networking 14
Elective Core Courses - Select three of the following (9-10 units):
Network Security3
Ethical Hacking3
Python Programming3
Cloud Implementation and Security (formerly Storage Management and Cloud Computing)4
Complete Requirements from ONE Area of Emphasis (9 Units)
EMPHASIS 1: Cisco Networking Emphasis (9 units):
Cisco Networking 2
and Cisco Networking 3
Select one course (3 units):
Cisco CyberOps (formerly Cisco Networking 4)3
CCNA Bootcamp
Cisco Security (formerly CCNA Security)
EMPHASIS 2: System Administration and Technical Support Emphasis (9 units):
IT Support Services (formerly Computer Desktop Support)
and Administering Windows Server
Select one course (3 units):
Administrating Windows Active Directory Services (formerly Administrating and Configuring Windows Server Directory Services)3
Linux Server Administration
EMPHASIS 3: Development, Security, and Operations (DevSecOps) Engineering Emphasis (9 units):
Java Programming3
Advanced Python Programming
Select two of the following three courses (6 units):
Introduction to Data Analytics3
Linux Server Administration3
IT Project Management (formerly Project Management Fundamentals)3
EMPHASIS 4: Virtualization and Cloud Computing Emphasis (9 units):
Microsoft Virtualization and Cloud Deployment3
VMware Cloud and Virtualization Networking (formerly VMware vSphere Virtualization Networking)3
IT Project Management (formerly Project Management Fundamentals)3
Total Units26-27