Applied Cybersecurity is a 750 hour intensive IT program that lasts for approximately 10 months. It combines both lecture and hands-on training in the field cybersecurity. Students learn the techniques and methodologies used to secure computer hardware, operating systems, and networking technologies. It expands on and reinforces previously learned IT skills and will focus on IT security from a defensive and offensive perspective. Analytical thinking is emphasized. Students will demonstrate their knowledge by assessing IT systems from a security standpoint, examining network system design and implementation, hardware, software and making recommendations to enhance security. Soft skills are emphasized during training. Students will be prepared to pass the CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications.

HOURS

750, approximately ten months (20 weeks)

Program Start

Fall/Spring

COST

Tuition is approximately $3,328, plus books and fees (PDF)

Day/Night

Day

TESTING REQUIREMENTS

Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT)

Meeting Days

Monday – Friday

LOCATION

MTC East Campus

Meeting Times

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

STARTING SALARIES

Vary, ranging from $32,260 to $94,630*

*Based on local industry information.

 

RECENT EMPLOYERS OF GRADUATES

  • Marion County Sheriff Office
  • Enigma IT Solutions
  • The Centers
  • CNE
  • IBM
  • On Top of the World
  • Best Buy
  • McDonald’s
  • Ocala Computer Clinic
  • CMIT Solutions
  • E-Resource IT on Demand
  • R & L Global Logistics
  • Healthy You HealthyYouWeb.com
  • MRMC
  • Marion Technical College

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Cybersecurity Master Plan of Instruction
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  • Computer and network security
  • Security vulnerabilities
  • Attack mechanisms and techniques
  • Intrusion detection and prevention
  • Cryptographic systems
  • System Hardening
  • Risk identification
  • Incidence response
  • Penetration testing
  • Key management
  • Access control and recovery
  • Database security
  • Planning and analysis
  • Software and web security

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS 

CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Information Security Specialist
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • IT Manager/Director
  • Network Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Systems Administrator
  • Information Security Analyst

OUR NUMBERS

Discover how Marion Technical College prepares students for the information technology industry.

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STEPS TO ENROLLMENT

  • ATTEND AN INFORMATION SESSION
  • AND/OR INTERVIEW WITH INSTRUCTOR
  • APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID, IF APPLICABLE
  • COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION
  • MEET WITH AN ADMISSIONS ADVISOR
  • FILL OUT YOUR PROGRAM’S SUPPLEMENTAL PACKET, IF APPLICABLE
  • PAY YOUR APPLICATION FEE

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

WILLIAM KRATZER

Instructor

BS, MS, 43 Years Teaching Experience, Instructor at MTC Since 2013.

ADDITIONAL FORMS

N/A

BOOK LIST

Tuition is approximately $3,701, plus books and fees (PDF)

ONLINE COMPONENT

Yes