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.

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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.