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October 1, 2010

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CCBC launches new Institute for Cyber Security

Baltimore County, Md. – In conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, the Community College of Baltimore County announces the establishment of the CCBC Institute for Cyber Security, headquartered in the School of Applied and Information Technology at CCBC Essex. Casey W. O’Brien, associate professor of Network Technology, has been named director.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-2011 edition) “Computer security specialists plan, coordinate, and maintain an organization’s information security. These workers educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks and, some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. The responsibilities of computer security specialists have increased in recent years as cyber attacks have become more sophisticated.”

According to O’Brien, “The Institute for Cyber Security is intended to meet the national need for qualified cyber security professionals through creating a standardized national cyber security curriculum; through student competitions like the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, and through partnerships with public and private sector organizations seeking to hire our graduates.”

Currently, CCBC Network Technology students take a rigorous two-year program of study leading to either a certificate or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Network Technology with an emphasis on cyber security. O’Brien says that a new curriculum, awaiting MHEC approval, will be even more focused on information systems security and will allow students to commit to this career area earlier in their studies.

Graduates can opt to go directly into the job market or transfer to a four-year college or university to continue their studies. O’Brien notes that there is a growing demand for skilled workers eligible for security clearance and qualified to fill the jobs. “Job prospects are excellent, even for graduates with a two-year degree or certificate,” notes O’Brien.

CCBC has been involved in teaching and promoting cyber security for almost a decade – most notably with two CyberWatch grants from the National Science Foundation and the coordination of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, held annually in March for the past five years.

For more information on the CCBC Institute for Cyber Security, contact Casey O’Brien at

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