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Cybersecurity Center

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, the MCC Cybersecurity Center has the following goals:

  1. Be a resource to promote (CAE-CD) programs, news, events, and security awareness broadly.
  2. Provide high quality and rigorous (CAE-CD) programs designed to meet the needs of employers in the public and private sectors.
  3. Provide affordable and flexible (CAE-CD) education and training options that help promote student achievement, retention, completion, and placement.
  4. Provide innovative, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary education and training in the (CAE-CD) field.
  5. 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.
  6. Continuously improve the quality of (CAE-CD) programs, curricula, faculty, students, and sponsored relationships with industry and community partners.
  7. 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-CD)

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 (CAE-CD) 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:

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Programs of Study at MCC

Students wishing to pursue careers in cybersecurity can choose from the following learning paths. Choose a link for program information. For additional information, we encourage you to speak with an academic advisor.

If you would like to speak with a program coordinator about specific program information, you may do so at an upcoming Cybersecurity Information Session. Please visit https://mcckc.edu/our-campuses/blue-river/visit.asp  to register for an information session.  On that page, scroll down to Secure Systems Administration and Engineering Information session, choose your date, and hit Go.

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Security Awareness

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:


Partnerships

MCC has maintains the following partnerships in an effort to provide rigorous programs with high quality curriculum that aligns with industry standards and certifications


Student Resources 

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.


Program Coordination

Brian Hurley, CISSP - Full time Faculty and MCC-Cybersecurity 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. 


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Last Modified: 12/12/19