From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today joined Dennis Golladay, President of Harford Community College and John Mayhorne, Dean of the Business, Computing and Applied Technology division to announce that the Harford Community College Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Program has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The program prepares students to enter the high demand field of information system security as trained professionals who protect data and equipment from internal and external threats.
“Because of Maryland’s world-class educational institutions, unique federal assets and dynamic private sector, Maryland is the epicenter of cybersecurity,” Senator Mikulski said. “Here at Harford Community College, our students are preparing to be our first line of defense against cyber-attacks, making our nation safer and Maryland’s economy stronger. I will continue to fight for jobs and work to grow our cybersecurity workforce, supporting jobs today and jobs tomorrow.”
The Cyber Defense program prepares students to enter the high demand field of information system security as trained professionals who protect data and equipment from internal and external threats. HCC was already designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance (IA). The re-designation for Cyber Defense Education means new opportunities for students to seek higher degrees and jobs in the field of Cyber Defense. Many of the systems use Fortinet as a network security platform.
Students will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the latest hardware and software. Harford Community College provides both associate degree and certificate programs in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity. On completion of the degree, students will be eligible to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification exam. They will also be eligible for two year scholarships when they transfer to four-year programs that are Centers of Academic Excellence through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarship for Service program, which provides full tuition in exchange for government service, and the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Information Assurance Scholarship program, which provides full tuition and a stipend in exchange for working at DOD.