Cyber Security Specialist

The need to protect against evolving cyber threats as technology continues to evolve and improve requires strong cybersecurity. Cybersecurity career paths are an important part of the DOD 8570/8140 Information Assurance mandate. The Cyber Security Specialist program can offer you the opportunity to be a part of this fast growing field and be prepared to protect your network against cyber threats.

The Cyber Security Specialist program begins the first semester with the entry level courses to provide you with the fundamental skills and concepts required to maintain, support, and work efficiently with personal computers. In addition, you will acquire the essential skills and information you need to set up, configure, maintain, troubleshoot and perform preventative maintenance of the hardware and software components of a basic personal computer workstation and basic wireless devices. In these courses, you will acquire the essential skills and information you will need to install, upgrade, repair, configure, troubleshoot, optimize, and perform preventative maintenance of basic personal computer hardware and operating systems. You will identify and describe all the major networking technologies, systems, skills, and tools in use in modern networks.

The second semester introduces the student to the specific skills required to implement basic security services on any type of computer network. Students build on their knowledge of and professional experience with security fundamentals, networks, and organizational security.

The final semester includes Ethical Hacking and your choice of either Information Systems Security or Advanced Security Professional. A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker. The CEH Ethical Hacker is an individual who can be trusted to undertake an attempt to penetrate networks and/or computer systems using the same methods as a Hacker. The Information Systems Security course is designed for students who need to learn the skills and knowledge necessary for certification in the CBKs (Common Books of Knowledge) for ISC2's certification for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. The Advanced Security Professional is an internationally targeted validation of advanced-level security skills and knowledge. The exam focuses on enterprise security; risk management, policies/procedures and legal; research and analysis; and integration of computing, communications and business disciplines.

The program comprises 306 contact hours and can be taken at HyperLearning on a full time basis.

  1. Prerequisites:

    Students eligible for admission to HyperLearning Technologies are 18 years of age or over and have a high school diploma or GED. Prerequisites for the program include a foundation in computers and software applications including the Windows desktop, word processing, spreadsheets, database, Internet, and e-mail. Students must exhibit a strong desire to be successful in their studies and to become proficient with IT technologies. Computer Service and Repair and Computer Networking are recommended. These courses are available at HyperLearning Technologies as certificate courses.

  2. Objectives:

    The Cyber Security Specialist Program will provide students with the skills that employers seek in high level security positions. This program is designed to take an experienced IT professional working in the network support field and prepare them for the specialty areas of Cyber Security. Completion of the Cyber Security Specialist Program will demonstrate a high level of industry-recognized knowledge and expertise in cyber security. The Cyber Security Specialist Program and related certifications will set HyperLearning graduates apart from diploma/degree-only graduates and will increase opportunities for employment in the IT field.

  3. Admissions:

    Students eligible for admission to HyperLearning Technologies are 18 years of age or over and have a high school diploma or GED. CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications or equivalent knowledge and experience are required. A minimum of six to nine months experience in networking including configuring security parameters is strongly recommended. A prospective student must exhibit a strong desire to be successful in their studies and to become proficient with IT technologies.

    Download the Registration Form from our web site and fax it to (757) 495-3725 or email it to HyperLearning Technologies -

    Please Note:
    HyperLearning, as Post secondary Institution, is evaluated on program completion and graduate employment rates of their students and graduates. Accordingly, HyperLearning Technologies reserves the right to evaluate students and to refuse admission to applicants.

  4. Transfer Policy:

    Up to two courses can be transferred into the program. The equivalency of curriculum is demonstrated by industry certification in the particular topic area. The certification must be current at the time of application. To transfer a certification and receive up to three hours of credit, a Certificate of Completion from an Authorized Training Provider or training institution must be submitted, a copy of the Certification and a transfer application fee of $25.00 are required.

    A transfer application fee of $25.00 per course is required. The transfer application fee will be refunded if the transfer is denied.

  5. Grading System

      Grades will be awarded based upon:

      • passing the industry sponsored certification exam or
      • classroom performance based grading

    A student who attends class, participates in class activities, completes the labs and passes the certification exam will be awarded a letter grade of A. The performance grade will otherwise be awarded based on attendance, class participation, labs and quizzes/tests.

  6. Graduation Requirements:

    The graduating candidate must have earned or will have earned at time of graduation a minimum of 21 semester credit hours. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of C or above.The student must also demonstrate competency in the field. Two alternatives are available to the student to demonstrate competency. The student can either take and pass 2/3’s of the optional industry exams in the diploma program or challenge and pass a competency exam prepared by the school for the technology track.


Tuition: Materials: Exam Fees
Total Program
$10,408 $2,123 or
$2,185 $14,716 or
Core Certification Courses
IT 169 IT Fundamentals 26 Contact Hrs
IT 170 IT Technical Support & Operations 67 Contact Hrs
IT 173 Computer Networking 41 Contact Hrs
IT 200 Computer & Network Security 41 Contact Hrs
SEC 380 Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) 41 Contact Hrs
SEC 440 Ethical Hacking for Secure Environments 45 Contact Hrs
SEC 420 or
SEC 400
Information Systems Security or
Advanced Security Practitioner
45 Contact Hrs
Total Hours 306 Hrs

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