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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 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®)


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.

Program Length

The length of this program is 1 semester (14 weeks). 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

1. Network+ Part 1: Network and Data Communications: PCA 619 or Network and Data Communications - HYB: PCA 615  (both shared with credit course DCOM 101)

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Guide to Networking Essentials; Tomsho; ISBN 1-305-10543-5; $197.35
    • Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing

2. Introduction to Information Security: PCA 594  or Security+ Certification Preparation - HYB: PCA 997  (both Shared with credit class DCOM 258 )

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • CompTIA Security+ SYO – 401 Authorized Certification Guide; Prowse; ISBN 978-0-7897-5363-2; $80
    • Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $1010(Tuition-$354/Fees-$656)
  • Textbook/Materials: $277.35

Program Contact Information


Steve Ricketts


Owings Mills, 305E

Administrative Assistant:

Nancy Pittinger


Owings Mills, 302

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

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