Various North Carolina community and technical colleges offer undergraduate certificate programs in cyber security and information systems security. Specialized certificates are also available in cyber investigating and network security. Certificate programs range from 15-18 credits and may take two semesters to complete. Three of these schools that prepare students for careers installing and maintaining network and Internet security software and hardware are shown below.
Durham Technical Community College
This Durham-based community college has six locations in Durham and Orange counties. The Secure Networks Certificate requires 18 credits and typically takes two full-time semesters to complete. Students take six courses focused on topics like computer defense and detecting cyber intruders. The college also offers an A.A.S. in Network Security program, which requires 69 credits of coursework.
Forsyth Technical Community College
Forsyth Technical Community College, based in Winston-Salem, offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs, 24 of which are fully online. Forsyth Tech's twelve locations provide more than 13,036 credit students access to a variety of resources and opportunities, including a library, a learning center, a language laboratory and a cooperative education program.
Students receive training in security administration through the Cyber Crime Technology Certificate program. This program requires 16 credits of coursework to be completed in two semesters and includes courses in cyber crime and criminal law. Students may also be interested in the 69-credit A.A.S. in Cyber Crime Technology, which typically takes two years to complete.
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Located in Salisbury, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College serves two counties and more than 20,000 students at seven campuses. The computer technology integration division, which has six program advisors, offers three 15-credit certificates in cyber security that prepare students to solve technical problems in business and technology settings.
The Cyber Crime Essentials Certificate starts off with an introductory cyber crime course and then has students complete courses in network security, security concepts and the role of ethics in technology. The Cyber Investigations Certificate requires the same intro and ethics course as the essentials certificate followed by two sequential courses in data recovery. Students in the Network Security Administration Certificate program learn about security, networking and routing fundamental concepts as well as secure communications and security administration.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Cyber Security Certificates Offered||Undergraduate Tuition Rate per Credit Hour (2015-2016)|
|Durham Technical Community College||Two-year, public; midsize city*||Secure Networks Certificate||$76 in-state, $268 out-of-state**|
|Forsyth Technical Community College||Two-year, public; midsize city*||Cyber Crime Technology Certificate||$76 in-state, $268 out-of-state**|
|Rowan-Cabarrus Community College||Two-year, public; midsize suburb*||Cybercrime Essentials Certificate,
Cyber Investigations Certificate,
Network Security Administration Certificate
|$76 in-state, $268 out-of-state**|
Source: *NCES College Navigator **Schools' websites