About the Cybersecurity Center
The MCC Cybersecurity Center has been established to promote cyber-awareness to meet the growing need for a well-trained cybersecurity workforce. Through efforts directed at becoming a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education at the two-year level (NSA CDE-2Y), the MCC Cybersecurity Center has the following goals:
- Be a resource to promote (CAE-CD) programs, news, events, and security awareness broadly.
- Provide high quality and rigorous (CAE-CD) programs designed to meet the needs of employers in the public and private sectors.
- Provide affordable and flexible (CAE-CD) education and training options that help promote student achievement, retention, completion, and placement.
- Provide innovative, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary education and training in the (CAE-CD) field.
- Continuously develop working relationship models for K–12 schools to engage students at an early age to enter (CAE-CD) fields of study. Develop, and maintain articulation with 4-year institutions in the CAE framework.
- Continuously improve the quality of (CAE-CD) programs, curricula, faculty, students, and sponsored relationships with industry and community partners.
- Provide leadership and obtain sponsored research funding from both the National Science Foundation and National Security Agency in support of our CAE-CD efforts.
Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-2Y)
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Metropolitan Community College – Kansas City as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2023.
The NSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CD) Education (CAE-CDE), Two-Year Education (CAE-2Y) and Research (CAE-R) programs. The goal of these programs is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in CD and producing a growing number of professionals with CD expertise in various disciplines. Students attending CAE-CDE and CAE-R schools are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program and the Federal Cyber Service Scholarship for Service Program.
For more information:
- National IA Education and Training Programs (NIETP)
- Department of Homeland Security
- National Security Agency
Metropolitan Community College is committed to information security and the protection of student, employee, and all other sensitive data. Through efforts such as annual information security awareness training for all employees, additional focused training for specific job roles, maintaining updated policies and procedures, providing resources, and offering training programs related to cybersecurity, MCC has a developed a culture where cybersecurity is a priority within the institution as well as academically.
Should you witness, fall victim, or otherwise have information about a security incident, please contact the MCC Employee IT Help Desk immediately at x1888.
Following are some free resources related to security awareness:
- Employee Data Security Tips
- Social Engineering: Common Techniques and How to Prevent an Attack
- State of Missouri Cybersecurity Resources
- SANS Institute Security Awareness Resources
- SBA Learning Center- Cybersecurity for Small Business
Programs of Study at MCC
Students wishing to pursue careers in cybersecurity can choose from the following learning paths:
- Software Development
- Computer and User Support
- Network and Systems Support
- Secure Systems Administration & Engineering
Related Degree Program:
- MCC Workforce Development - A variety of short-term, non-credit are offered through MCC's Institute for Workforce
Innovation. Those courses include Intro to Cybersecurity, Cybersafe (security awareness
training for Employers), and Building Secure Apps. Please see the schedule for upcoming classes.
- MCC Blue River- Public Safety Institute. CEU courses such as Cyber Crime and Digital Forensics, among many others, are offered to Law Enforcement Professionals. Please see the Training Schedule for current offerings.
- Ed2go. MCC offers a variety of non-credit courses through Ed2go. Cybersecurity courses include Intro to Computer Security, Advanced Computer Security, as well as certification prep courses for the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ Exams. Please see the Catalog for a full list of course offerings.
MCC has maintains the following partnerships in an effort to provide rigorous programs with high quality curriculum that aligns with industry standards and certifications
- National Cyberwatch Center member
- CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner
- VMware Academic Partner
- KC Tech Council member
Students pursuing careers in Cybersecurity have access to a variety of resources and are offered opportunities to engage with industry and employer partners in the following ways:
- Articulation and transfer agreements with area 4-year institutions.
- Campus visits from employer recruiters
- Employer site visits and tours
- Networking opportunities including social media groups
- Resume and job search resources including interview coaching
- Certification exam preparation workshops
- Access to extended open computing lab time
- Certified faculty with industry experience
- Access to faculty advising
- Regular course offerings with plans to complete degrees and certificates in 2 years or less
- Many courses available in evening, online, and hybrid format
Students are also encouraged to join the Cybersecurity Club, the National Cybersecurity Student Association, as well as participate in Cybersecurity competitions such as those offered through the National Cyber League.
Additionally, MCC currently has 2 Information Security internship positions for students in the Secure Systems Administration and Engineering program. Those positions will be advertised directly to students in the program when a spot comes available.
Brian Hurley, CISSP - Full time Faculty and MCC-Cybersecurity Coordinator. 816.604.6659.
Melissa Napper, M.S.- Full time Faculty and CSIS Program Coordinator.
Jerin Schreiber, GPEN, GCIH- Security Engineer and Adjunct Faculty.
Click here for a list of additional faculty in the Secure Systems Administration and Engineering Program.
- National Cyber League Fall '19 Regular Season Registration- Coming soon.
- Join Cybersecurity Club!- For more information, please contact Brian Hurley.