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Cybersecurity Certificate


The Hood College Graduate School's Cybersecurity Certificate program is the first step toward becoming part of a trained cadre of specialists and managers equipped to address mounting information security concerns. Such concerns create growing barriers to commerce, present legal and management challenges, and financially burden business, government and the public. 

Gain access to cutting-edge practices

Hood’s Center for Security and Information is a member of the CyberWatch Consortium, comprising 95 universities and community colleges dedicated to improving information assurance at all levels. Membership in this prestigious group affords students access to cutting-edge programs and practices and the opportunity to interact with area businesses, laboratories and government agencies while they learn.

Prepare for the CISSP

The Cybersecurity program prepares students for CISSP® certification, a globally recognized standard of achievement in the field of information security. In fact, the program reaches well beyond the 10 domains CISSPconsiders critical to security — 15 credit-hour courses in computer forensics, network and Internet security; encryption and cryptology; risk assessment; ethics and law, and more. Students may apply course completion toward Hood’s master’s degree in Information Technology or Computer Science.

Get the job

Program alumni have an impressive record of readily passing the CISSP exam and landing the jobs they want. Quality instruction, delivered by highly qualified faculty in small classes, provides future graduates the same competitive edge in the world of work.


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Contact Us


Program Director:
Ahmed Salem, Ph.D.



Graduate School Assistant Director:
Larbi Bricha