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Cybersecurity Path at PBSC

The Palm Beach State College (PBSC) Cybersecurity program offers the opportunity to get an education and perform hands on research. Cybersecurity today is more than just a job! Practically unlimited growth. That's an exciting proposition and reason enough on its own to choose a career in cybersecurity.

Plenty of variety

Security professionals get the chance to work directly with teams on technologies and systems they never dreamed of

The job has real impact

Cybersecurity matters. It has impacts that extend beyond the digital world and into the physical one

If you choose this path, you'll always have room to grow. You'll continually be learning new skills and working to understand new technologies

Cybersecurity Jobs are on the Rise

The global cybersecurity workforce is estimated to have than 3.5 million unfilled positions by 2021. The field is expected to grow by 28 percent between 2018 and 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, compared to the 7 percent growth rate across all industries

Cybersecurity Pay Is High

While entry-level cybersecurity jobs, such as information security analysts, earn an average of $95,510, according to BLS, candidates with advanced degrees can earn well into six-figures.


Program Contact:

For more information about the Cybersecurity program, please contact Dr. Theo Owusu.
Email: owusut@palmbeachstate.edu    |    Phone: 561-868-4120



Explore Our Cybersecurity Program

AT A GLANCE

To stay ahead of ever-evolving cyber threats, organizations are investing in information security personnel.

  • Develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs. 
  • Monitor current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems. 
  • Encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information as it is being transmitted and to keep out tainted digital transfers. 
  • Perform risk assessments and execute tests of data processing system to ensure functioning of data processing activities and security measures. 
  • Modify computer security files to incorporate new software, correct errors, or change individual access status.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 120

Articulates from existing Associates in Science/Associates in Applied Science degrees in the computer science field. The core curriculum includes coursework in project management, systems design and programming, business law, finance and business writing.

This program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

 

COURSE SEQUENCE

For detailed information and course descriptions, please see the College Catalog.

Total Credit Hours: 120

YEAR ONE
Term Two - Spring (9 Credits)
Course  Course Description Credits
FIN3400 Principles of Financial Management (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)
ISM3113 Systems Analysis and Design (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)
COP3530 Programming Languages and Concepts (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)

FIN3400: Course from existing Supervision & Management BAS degree

 

Term Three - Summer (6 Credits)
Course Course Description Credits
GEB3213 Business Writing (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)
BUL3130 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)

GEB3213 and BUL3130: Courses from existing Supervision & Management BAS degree

 

YEAR TWO
Term One - Fall (6 Credits)
Course Course Description Credits
ISM3212 Database Management Systems (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)
ISM3314 Project Management (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)

 

Term Two - Spring (12 Credits)
Course Course Description Credits
CNT4408 Information System Security (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)
CNT4406 Network Security and Cryptography (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)
ISM4320 Applications in Information Security (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)
ISM4220 Business Data Communications, Telecommunications/Network (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)

 

Term Three - Summer (3 Credits)
Course Course Description Credits
ISM4323 Security Management (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)

 

YEAR THREE
Term One - Fall (6 Credits)
Course Course Description Credits
ISM4324 or GEB4940C Computer Forensics (BAS) or Bachelor's Internship (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours) or 3 credits (1 lecture hour, 14 lab hours)
ISM4331 Capstone Experience: Security and Network Assurance (BAS) 3 credits (3 lecture hours)

 

Cybersecurity Lab

Palm Beach State College’s Cybersecurity Lab allows students to engage in real-world simulations to strengthen their cyber defense skills.

The vision for the Cybersecurity Lab is to:

  • Enhance and support the training and education of Cyber Security students in both onsite and on line environments.
  • Collaborate with public and private entities to ensure the labs relevance.
  • Play a vital role in producing workplace ready graduates.

 

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

If Lab currently locked or to schedule an appointment contact Cyberlab Manager at CBP 104 or call 561-868-4133 or 954-709-8238.

Explore Our State of the Art Cybersecurity Lab

 

Tell Us About Your Experience Using the Lab

 

 

  Information security office

information security office

The Palm Beach State College  Information Security Office offers the opportunity to get informed in Cybersecurity and current research.

The Phish Tank provides PBSC users with a self‐service way to determine if an email they have received is a known phishing attempt.

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  cyber certifications

Certification photo

Why professional certifications are important

Certifications make a great first impression.

  • 92% believe IT certifications help to ensure credibility of IT employees.
  • 91% of employers believe IT certifications play a key role in the hiring process and that IT certifications are a reliable predictor of a successful employee.
  • 67% of employers use certifications to measure a candidate’s willingness to work hard and meet a goal.
  • 60% of employers use certifications to confirm subject matter expertise.

 

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  job outlook

Job Outlook

Information Security Workforce Study

  • Conducted by Frost & Sullivan
  • Tremendous job opportunities for anyone who takes the time to prepare.
  • Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics site, 37% job growth is expected between 2012- 2022 with a median salary of $86,170 with a bachelor's degree.
  • All industries are affected from non-profit to government, hospitals to retail magnates and every technology dependent industry in-between.

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers & Studies (NICCS)

  • Has defined seven high-level function areas with 31 specialty areas that correspond to career paths in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Supply/Demand Heat Map

  • This map explain the skills and competencies needed to land a job in the field as well as the location of job openings.

 

  cyber awareness

Cyber Awareness

Online safety should always be your number one priority.  We have a list of resources to help you stay safe and advise those around you to be safe online — security is everyone's responsibility.

 

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  affordability

Affordability

PBSC Tuition & Financial Aid Facts

Among the lowest tuition in Florida (among four-year public institutions)

Students are awarded over $82.1 million in Financial Aid.

 

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  online classes

Online Classes

Bachelor's Degree Student Benefits

  • Take many of your courses online.
  • Fit school into your schedule using any computer with an Internet connection.
  • 24/7 access to course content
  • high-quality online learning
  • exciting--video, simulations, group activities, virtual discussion rooms and more.
  • Fully supported by a dedicated eLearning staff
  • ideal way to fit education into a busy life.

Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Security and Network Assurance

  • Students have the choice to mix and match online and face-to-face classes.
  • All Bachelor's level classes are offered online.
  • Face-to-face classes are offered during the day and evening as well as some weekends, although not all classes are offered at all times.
  • Face-to-face classes are held at the Center for Bachelor's Programs on the Lake Worth campus.
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