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Cyber Security

Career Studies Certificate

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Arm yourself for the cyber battlefield

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Digital information systems are under constant threat of attack – and the attackers are becoming more sophisticated all the time.

Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Cyber Security is specifically provides you with the most current and effective techniques to prevent, detect and eliminate such attacks.

Our program is so effective that, in 2016, it was designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE2Y) by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

This designation recognizes schools that excel in preparing students to become leaders in cyber security and establishes TCC as a national model in this growing field.

Course work focuses on:

  • security models
  • intrusion detection
  • incident handling
  • firewalls
  • perimeter protection
  • network security law issues


Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials. Course work in this program qualifies you to sit for such certification exams as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP); and Oracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional (OCP).

Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program toward TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology - Cybersecurity. You can also apply credits earned from an AAS in Information Systems Technology - Cybersecurity to a Bachelor's of Science in IDS - Cybersecurity at Old Dominion University.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate consists of 3 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly on the Chesapeake Campus.

Estimated Program Cost*:
27 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,004.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

While many find employment or gain promotion with the Cyber Security Career Studies Certificate, you can also transfer to a 4-year school to work toward your bachelor of science in information technology or another related field.

You can also apply the credits you earn toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology or the 3-semester certificate program.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • are detail-oriented
  • have substantial computer networking experience
  • embrace teamwork
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TCC is a member of the EMC Academic Excellence (EMCAA) and an authorized VMware IT Academy partner

Designed for working professionals with significant networking experience, this program can be completed in just 3 semesters of part-time study

TCC is only the third Virginia community college to receive the CAE2Y designation

Program spotlight

"My goal for students is that they gain a real passion for the field, and, of course, move forward in their careers," says program head Robert Guess


Agreement gives TCC cybersecurity students seamless path to ODU bachelor’s degree

Student success

Ursula Jones takes classes online and works for Peregrine Technical Solutions LLC

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.