MassBay has responded to the growing regional and national need for well-trained cybersecurity professionals by offering a stackable program that consists of two certificates and an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program in Cybersecurity, which is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The stackable nature of the program allows students to earn multiple certificates while pursuing their Associate Degree. These academic programs align with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) guidelines. The programs offer hands-on training using state-of-the-art equipment in our computer laboratories. Students graduating from the Cybersecurity programs are prepared for industry standard certifications such as Cisco and CompTIA.
Associate in Science Degree
The Cybersecurity Associate in Science degree provides courses and content that are informed by two major sources of proven requirements for cybersecurity education in 2-year colleges: NICE Framework from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Knowledge Unit required for National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (IA/CD) designation, a program jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Cybersecurity Certificate Curriculum
This certificate is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to perform network and security technician jobs. Students will be able to administer and configure networks while applying cybersecurity best practices. Students completing this certificate are encouraged to gain industry credentials by taking certification exams.
Advanced Cybersecurity Certificate Curriculum
This certificate, the second-level in a stackable certificate model, offers non-traditional, under-represented, career- changer, and veteran students in addition to traditional students, skills in a field with great job opportunities. The security field used to require a higher level of education; however, this requirement has changed recently and the demand for hiring those with cybersecurity knowledge is growing fast.