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Information Security Analyst (Security+ Certification)

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Program Description

This course series prepares students for the Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA®) Security+ certification exam, and for a career as an Information Security Analyst.  Gain an introduction to the Information Security field and explore how it relates to other IT areas and specialized security fields.  Students learn current security essentials; common security threats and ramifications; developing secure information security strategies; common attacks and how to safeguard against them; cryptography basics; physical security; disaster recovery; business continuity; the role of computer forensics in information security; and ethical behavior appropriate to security-related technologies.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.  Students will be prepared to sit for the Security+ Certification Exam.

Certifying Organization: Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA®)

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

1 semester (14 - 16 weeks) not including prerequisites.

Courses start in August, January, and June at CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Essex.  Courses may be offered face-to-face, online or hybrid (a combination of the two).

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED. Students must be computer literate, have strong computer skills, and have access to a computer and the Internet to complete assignments.

Recommended: Persons pursuing Security+ certification typically have A+ and Network+ classes and background or Network+ certification.

Application Process

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

Excellent attendance is required.

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




PCA 620


PCA 616

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 251

Network+ Part 2: Network+ Technician Certification



CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Certification Guide; Barker; ISBN 978-0-7897-5408-0; $49.99

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PCA 594


PCA 997

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 258

Introduction to Information Security



CompTIA Security+ SYO – 401 Authorized Certification Guide; Prowse; ISBN 978-0-7897-5363-2; $80

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing



Course & Prerequisite Totals:






Additional Information

Additional Offerings:

Students pursuing certification in Information Security often enroll in the following computer network/security related classes: A+ Certification; Network+ Certification; Cisco Certification; Windows Server Certification; Red Hat Certification; Ethical Hacking & Systems Defense Certification, and VMware Certification.

Additional Expenses:

​CompTIA Security+ Certification exam = $320

Skills for Success:

Successful candidates should be motivated, independent learners; detail-oriented; have strong analytical skills; and the ability to take direction.

Career Opportunities:​

With certification, students qualify for entry-level positions that include: Information Security Administrator; Data Security Administrator; Information Security Analyst; Information Security Officer; Information Security Specialist; Information Systems Security Analyst; Computer Security Specialist; Information Security Manager; Information Technology Security Analyst; Information Technology Specialist; and Computer Specialist.  This career requires continued training and education.

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Program Contact Information


Steve Ricketts


Owings Mills, 305E

Administrative Assistant:

Nancy Pittinger


Owings Mills, 302

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