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
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 Bootcamp3
Cisco Security (formerly CCNA Security)3
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 (formerly titled Oracle Forms and Reports)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 Administration (formerly titled Oracle Forms and Reports)3
IT Project Management (formerly Project Management Fundamentals)3
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