As cyberattacks increase, the need for cybersecurity professionals continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that jobs in this field will grow much faster than average for all occupations.
Cybersecurity is one of the most sought after careers in the employment market right now, and more and more positions open up each month. Job seekers are left wondering how to prepare for a career in cyber security, however, given the relative immaturity of the field and the fact that nontraditional career paths are common. A foundation in networking, systems administration, database management, or web applications can provide a focus for your cybersecurity education.
Working as a Network Associate or Network Administrator can start with earning your Network + Certification. Many people move on to acquiring their Security + Certification and even taking classes in specific operating systems like Linux and Microsoft Windows.
Select a course below to read course descriptions and objectives. You may take one course or a series of courses; see below for recommended course sequences. Courses are offered throughout fall, spring, and summer, but not all courses are offered each semester.
The following course sequence is a strong foundation for a career in cybersecurity. These courses also provide the skills needed for entry level positions such as Help Desk Support Technician, Computer Support Specialist, and Network and Computer System Administration.
- CISCO CCNA Complete ITI-277 (Must take CCNA Complete ITI-277 with CCNA Complete Lab ITI-300)
- CISCO CCNA Complete Lab ITI-300 (required lab with ITI-277)
- Splunk for Power Users
- CISSP Test Preparation
Course Schedules at a Glance
Due to COVID, there have been a number of changes to the WDCE brochure (PDF, ) . See below for the most current schedule and technology information:
- Information Technology Schedule by Datenew window. This information is subject to change without notice.
- ITI Remote Technology Requirementsnew window. This information is supplied to assure you have the proper home set up to take our classes.
- Pricing Information can be found in the WDCE Brochure (PDF, ) .
- Registration Information. Registration may be online via MYMC, or mailed.
Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required.
You can also explore Career Coachnew window to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests. Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area. The job listings and information provided are specific to Montgomery County and the surrounding localities.
Not sure what path to take? ITI Classes to Careers Roadmap (PDF, ) may help.