Pikes Peak Community College's Cybersecurity Prep Program
At PPCC we already have an Information Assurance Associate of Applied Science degree recognized by the National Security Agency, but the field is growing. We're working with the community to focus on growing the Pikes Peak region as a cybersecurity hub. That's where you come in.
Studying Cybersecurity in Colorado
One of the best ways to research worthy colleges in Colorado to study cybersecurity is by reviewing the list of National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense or Information Assurance Education, which is produced by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Eight Colorado schools made the cut in 2017. Here’s what four of those institutions are up to:
- At the governor’s urging, the state legislature created a National Cybersecurity Center to be housed at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. The center will provide training for students (with UCCS students having easy access) and government officials, as well as a research laboratory that can transfer research results from academia to products and protocols for local industry.
- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) gave CU-Boulder $2.8 million in 2016 to create methods to identify vulnerability in military and industrial software algorithms.
- Cyber security is a research focus for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science faculty at the Colorado School of Mines, which has created the Center for Cyber Security and Privacy (CCSP) to house their projects. The university received a $277,000 National Science Foundation grant in 2015 to integrate cyber security throughout the Computer Science curriculum.
- University of Denver, which runs the Colorado Research Institute for Security and Privacy (CRISP), launched a one-year MS in Cybersecurity in 2016 for students looking to earn a graduate degree in half the typical time. It gives all successful applicants a 50 percent discount off of the university’s normal tuition.
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How PPCC is Furthering our Involvement within the Cybersecurity Community
Governor Hickenlooper's Call to Action
Dec. 2015: Govenor John Hickenlooper declared Colorado Springs a Cyber Capital and launched a state-wide initiative to focus Colorado’s economic development efforts in cybersecurity.
May 2016: As part of this initiative, PPCC is developed a new cybersecurity associate degree program, supplemented by non-credit industry certification programs, to quickly enable the develop a qualified cyber workforce in the El Paso / Teller county region.
Oct. 2016: PPCC received federal grant funding from the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) program to create its Cybersecurity Prep Program (CSPP) to coordinate and support Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development planning activities in the El Paso-Teller County region.
The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE's mission is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our Nation secure.
You can view an outline of NICE's Strategic Plan here.
- Federal Funding Awards for RAMPS (September 2016)
- Cybersecurity Jobs Heat Map: CyberSeek (November 2016)
- NICE Webinar: Best Practices for Educating, Training, Attracting, and Retaining Millennials (February 2017)