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Cybersecurity Careers at MC

Prepare for an exciting career in the fast-growing field of cybersecurity. At Montgomery College, you'll gain hands-on, practical skills in cybersecurity from seasoned industry professionals.

The program emphasizes computer security and information assurance concepts augmented with current industry standard techniques. Topics cover threats and vulnerabilities, prevention at the technical (hardware and software) and human levels, detection, response, and management aspects of security.

Our Cybersecurity Lab provides significant virtual computing and networking capabilities on the Germantown Campus. The Cyber Lab is used for academic competitions and research activities and can host 100-plus virtual servers, 250-plus virtual desktops, isolated networks, and wireless and forensic technologies. 

Montgomery College is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)new window by the National Security Agency (NSA). See full designation statement.

As a member of CyberWatch, the Montgomery College curriculum follows National Security Telecommunications and Systems Security Instruction (NSTISSI) 4011 and 4013 standards. Also, the courseware is certified as mapping 100% to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Standard 4011.

MC's cybersecurity associate's degree ranked #12 Cybersecurity Associate’s Degree Programnew window in the U.S. by Cybersecurity Guide (2023).

Cybersecurity Degree and Certificates

Learn more about program outcomes, required courses, transfer opportunities, and career information. 

Associate of Applied Science

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Noncredit Cybersecurity Programs

Our Workforce Development and Continuing Education division offers a variety of noncredit cybersecurity classes and programs for those looking to start a new career or enhance their skills.

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MC: A Center of Academic Excellence in Computer Defense (CAE-CD)

On January 31, 2022 the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Montgomery College a "Center of Academic Excellence in Computer Defense (CAE-CD)". The award recognizes Montgomery College as superior in the creation of highly skilled cybersecurity professionals who can help strengthen the vulnerabilities in our national infrastructure. As cyberattacks increase in both quantity and lethality, and target individuals as well as entire organizations, the demand for well prepared cybersecurity professionals has never been so great.

The Montgomery College Cybersecurity Program went through an intensive assessment and it was determined that students receive high quality technical training that will help them become leaders in a variety of cybersecurity disciplines. It was acknowledged that program graduates obtain extensive knowledge on how to address the varied cybersecurity threats that our nation currently faces.

The CAE-CD designation is an important achievement for Montgomery College. It recognizes that students are being educated in a manner that is endorsed by two of the most prominent cybersecurity employers in the nation: NSA and DHS.

As a result of this designation, students will be able to enrich their cybersecurity degree program by participating in studies and academic collaborations with government entities as part of their school’s CAE-CD designation.