2021-2022 Catalog 
    Jan 22, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cyber Operations Certificate of Achievement

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The Saddleback Cyber Operations certificate is designed to provide hands-on learning and experience to develop tomorrow’s cyber defenders. Students will learn how to protect networks and data through intelligence gathering, threat detection, incident response, digital forensics, and security monitoring. Students need to have completed the Saddleback College’s Cyber Defense A.S. degree or equivalent course work prior to enrolling in order to meet the prerequisite Computer Science – Cyber Defense requirements. This certificate augments the CS Cyber Defense A.S. degree by providing students with hands-on learning and experience in a Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC) and preparation for three (3) additional DoD Approved 8570 Baseline Certifications (CCNA Cyber Ops, CompTIA CySA+, and CompTIASec+) which exceeds the minimum certificate requirements for the CSSP Analyst, Infrastructure Support, Incident Responder, and Auditor levels.
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Security Service Provider (CSSP) workforce consist of 5 different levels of employment (e.g. Analyst, Infrastructure Support, Incident Responder, Auditor, and Manager), with each requiring one or more industry certificates along with a 4-year degree. The CSSP is a highly sought-after certification issued by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) that indicates a candidate’s fitness for the DoD CSSP workforce.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection.
  • Demonstrate the principles and concepts of Security Operations and core Cyber Operations skills needed to begin working in a Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC).
  • Perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization.
  • Configure and use threat-detection tools.
  • Secure and protect applications and systems within an organization.
  • Apply the fundamentals of Crytography, Crytoanalysis, and Cryptology in a Cyber Operations environment.


Course ID Title Units
CS 1D  * Data Structures 3.5
CIMS 130   Intro to Information Systems Security: CompTIA Security+ 3
CIMS 165  * Cybersecurity Operations- Cisco CCNA Cyber OPS 3
CIMS 155  * Cybersecurity Analysis  - CompTIA CYSA+ 3
CS 260  * Cryptography in Cyber Operations 3.5



*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

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