Cybersecurity and Compliance

Cybersecurity and Compliance

Become the first line of defense

In the relentless battle against cyber threats, adversaries are becoming more formidable with each passing day. These cybercriminals operate with extensive resources and expertise, constantly evolving their tactics to exploit society's most sensitive data. While governments enact new regulations in an attempt to safeguard this information, it's clear that mere compliance is not enough. Enter you, the Cybersecurity and Compliance Cyber-Eagle, a modern-day super hero specially trained to defeat today’s cybercriminals, permanently.

Over the span of two years, Kirkwood Community College’s Cybersecurity and Compliance program equips participants with both foundational technical skills and complimentary concepts including Governance, Risk, and Compliance. Picture yourself as a digital knight, not only combating cybercrime but also collaborating and communicating closely with business leaders to fortify defenses against nefarious actors.

Are you ready to embark on an epic journey to become the ultimate defender of digital realms? Join us and acquire the tools and expertise needed to tackle any cyber challenge head-on. Together, let's wage war against cybercrime and ensure a safer digital landscape for all.

This program begins in Fall 2024.

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Kirkwood is the affordable option! We offer more than $3 million in scholarships every year. 

Graduates of the Cybersecurity and Compliance program will be able to:

  1. Understand and apply fundamental concepts of cybersecurity including various network security methodologies, protocols, and architectural concepts to establish and maintain secure cyber environments. 
  2. Design, analyze, and manage secure network infrastructures utilizing a robust understanding of networking hardware, protocols, and security principles to safeguard against cybersecurity threats.
  3. Implement and manage secure operating and network systems, ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to data security and cybersecurity.
  4. Develop and implement cybersecurity risk management strategies, creating and executing incident response and recovery plans to mitigate the impact of security breaches and incidents.
  5. Navigate and apply legal and ethical principles in cybersecurity practices, ensuring adherence to data protection laws, regulations, and organizational compliance requirements.
  6. Utilize various cybersecurity technologies and tools effectively for monitoring, detection, mitigation, and prevention of cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities, ensuring the integrity and confidentiality of information assets.
  7. Communicate cybersecurity concepts, strategies, and issues effectively to a range of stakeholders, and develop comprehensive documentation to detail and support cybersecurity policies, procedures, and incidents.

Online Option

Majority of coursework will be delivered online. Some on-campus time may be required.

Self-Paced Learning Option

This program is also offered online in a flexible, accelerated format with FlexForward.

Laptop Requirements

Students enrolled in this program must purchase or own a laptop to meet hardware specifications within the courses.

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Additional Information

The curriculum for this program is designed from industry input. Students learn the latest tools and concepts to be successful in the field. Sample classes include:

  • Ethics in Information Technology
  • Relational Database and SQL
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Java I
  • Foundations of Risk Analysis and Management
  • Applied Analytics and Reporting
  • Network Attacks: Detection, Analysis, & Countermeasures
  • Ethical Hacking & Vulnerability Management in Cybersecurity
  • Computer Forensic Practices in Cybersecurity
  • Internship/Apprenticeship in Cybersecurity

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics, employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 32% from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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Our mission is to prepare students with information technology and workplace communication skills to deliver user support services exhibiting strong critical thinking, problem solving, active listening and best customer service practices.


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