The cybersecurity curriculum at Ocean County College now includes two partner courses for the fall 2021 semester, each designed to prepare students for valuable industry certifications.
“With the rash of cybersecurity breaches in the news today, credentialed cybersecurity professionals are a valuable commodity,” said Jon Weiss, a college lecturer in computer science. “Our curriculum here at OCC is designed to prepare our students to fill these roles by leveraging the best training from our recognized certification provider partners.”
CompTIA’s Security+ (SY0-601) course, delivered via its CertMaster Learn System and featuring lab exercises, is the first of the new offerings. The course – to be complemented by two lectures a week, using CompTIA presentation materials – will be delivered as OCC’s redesigned “CSIT 200 Information Security Fundamentals” class.
Also available is EC Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker version 11 (CEHv11) course, which has been fully integrated into the college’s Canvas Learning Management System. The class consists of two modules per week, including lectures, labs, reading assignments, student summary essays, discussion topics, a short quiz and additional links and resources. The class will serve as OCC’s new “CSIT 240 Certified Ethical Hacking: Tools and Techniques” course.
As the college explained, “Upon completion of each of these courses, successful students will have the option of obtaining practice test packages and exam vouchers through academic partner discounts, or, for qualified students, via subsidies through OCC.”
In New Jersey, from April 2020 through March 2021, said OCC, employers advertised more than 11,100 job openings for cybersecurity workers, according to data from CyberSeek, the leading source of information on the U.S. cybersecurity job market. Nationally there were more than 464,000 openings during the same 12-month period, for jobs such as cybersecurity analyst, network engineer, network architect, vulnerability analyst, penetration tester and cybersecurity manager.
Learn more about OCC’s cybersecurity program at ocean.edu. —J.K.-H.