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TCC LAUNCHES NEW NETWORK SECURITY PROGRAM THIS FALL

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - (August 11, 2003) - Tidewater Community College (TCC) announces a new Career Studies Certificate program in Network Security is being added to its curriculum this fall. TCC's program is based on collaboration between TCC, member institutions from the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and the VCCS Institute of Excellence for Information Technology. The program has been designed in response to the needs of regional employers and government organizations. The Network Security Career Studies Certificate program will prepare students to perform the duties of a network security specialist or information security officer. Enrollment is currently
being accepted.

Network security awareness is at an all-time high as the nation prepares to protect the critical information infrastructure. "The need for highly trained network security specialists has risen due to the substantial increase in both national and global network and information security threats," says Robert Guess, network security instructor with TCC. "Our network security courses will provide the region's employers with personnel to combat the current barrage of viruses and attacks."

" Network security courses have been offered at TCC for the past year and
our initial set of students have given them high marks," Guess states. Many of the students work for the military, local municipalities, educational institutions and businesses. The Career Studies Certificate program has been designed to meet the growing demand for expertise in network security and disaster recovery planning.

The core curriculum of the new Network Security program include: Network
Security Basics; Network Attacks, Computer Crime and Hacking; Network
Communication, Security & Authentication; Internet/Intranet Firewalls and E-Commerce Security; Network Security Layers; Cyber Law; and an approved Information Systems Technology elective.

For more information on the Network Security program or any other Information Technology program at TCC, contact Dean Roberta Cool at
(757) 822-7373 or e-mail rcool@tcc.edu.

Tidewater Community College (TCC) is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 34,000 students annually. It is the 37th largest in the nation's 1,600 community college network and among the 50 fastest growing large community colleges. Founded in 1958 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach.
Forty-three percent of the region's residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit www.tcc.edu.

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