Explore the breadth and depth of cybersecurity opportunities in the Colorado Springs area. Our goal is to provide students and the community with course information, links to key Cybersecurtity Web sites, news and information on Information Systems Technology, Information Assurance, Cybersecurity, and key activities in the PPCC Cybersecurity Center of Academic Excellence.
As part of our effort to become an NSA certified Center of Academic Excellence for 2 year school (CAE2Y), PPCC is now part of both Cyber Watch West (CWW), a group of Universities and Colleges interested in Cyber Defense/Security and the National Cyberwatch Center, a consortium of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance Information Security education/research and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce. PPCC is also a member of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign
PPCC Cybersecurity Opportunities
Cyber Security Academics
If you interested in the field of cybersecurity, you should consider becoming a PPCC student. Our program will give you a comprehensive understanding of the multi-faceted and ever-growing field of cybersecurity. PPCC offers a cybersecurity certificate in the Computer Network Technology degree program. You can also earn commercial certifications, such as Network + and Security +, while completing your degree.
Click on the link below to see the options available to you, then click "FULL CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS" and scroll down to the Cybersecurity Certificate to view the list of classes (17-18 Credit Hours) required for this certification
Cybersecurity Workforce Development
PPCC offers non-credit Network + and Security + exam preparation courses for working professionals or experienced hobbyists each semester. Whether you are transitioning in your current position or want to expand your understanding of Cybersecurity or take your knowledge to the next level, these eight-week courses assist working professionals to prepare to take the industry certification exams. These certifications are essential for any IT Professional who wants a career in Cybersecurity. The courses explore theory and cybersecurity best practices and use cybersecurity labs to demonstrate important concepts covered in the exams.
Cybersecurity at PPCC
Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks and safeguard information assets against unauthorized use, disclosure, modification, damage or loss and to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage. In a computing context, the term security implies cybersecurity. Many erroneously think this is exclusively a computer or IT issue, but it is broader. It requires awareness of risk and vulnerabilities. The Cybersecurity Center courses at Pikes Peak Community College will give you a foundation of skills and hands-on experience needed to succeed at the university level.
As an applicant to the NSA CAE2Y Program, PPCCs goal is to proactively increase understanding of robust IA/CD technology, policy and practices that will enable our Nation to effectively prevent and respond to a catastrophic cyber event. This program will contribute significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art IA/CD knowledge and practice. PPCC has scheduled monthly cybersecurity topics and will be sending information to staff, students and faculty each month to raise understanding and awareness of these important cybersecurity areas. Topics are scheduled as follows:
November: Think before you click – mobile devices
December: Cyber shopping & Trusted links
January: Password security & structure
February: I know what I am downloading – Ransomware tips
March: Tax tips, software security & backup
April: Clean Machine
May: Gaming tips & kids privacy
Contact the Cyber Defense Center
Point of Contact Gretchen Bliss
DHS Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign
PPCC will be posting monthly cybersecurity Awareness reminders
PPCC/Secure Set Cyber Capture the Flag 3rd Friday of the month - Orientation 5:15 - 6:00 and CTF 6 - 9
Cyber Meet-up 1st Friday of the month -Bits, Bytes and Brew - 6 - 8 Phantom Canyon
ISSA Monthly Meeting
AFCEA Monthly Meeting