Train for an Advanced Career with an Associate Degree in Cyber Security

An associate degree in Cyber Security provides students work-based learning to obtain skills vital for safeguarding an organization’s information technology assets. This two-year Cyber Security program provides opportunities to achieve entry-level employment, career advancement, or transfer to a four-year college or university.

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Enroll in a Cyber Security Program Designed for You

Designed by information security experts, Blue Ridge CTC’s Cyber Security program transforms entry-level students into skilled graduates ready to meet workforce demands.

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Set a solid foundation in the Cyber Security field with a two-year Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security. Blue Ridge CTC offers a blend of real-world knowledge and additional workforce skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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188,300

New Job

Openings are predicted for the Information Security Analyst occupation between 2020-30.

54 %

of BRCTC’s Alumni

Continue their education after earning a certificate or Associate degree.

33 %

Job Growth

Is expected for Information Security Analysts from 2020-30.

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Our program is designed by industry experts and includes vendor certifications needed for a successful career.

    • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 188,300 job openings are predicted for the Information Security Analyst occupation between 2020-30.
    • As per the  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job growth is predicted to be 33% for Information Security Analysts, which is much faster than average for all other occupations.
    • As per Blue Ridge CTC’s Graduate report, 34% of graduates successfully found jobs with our career assistance, while 54% of students moved to renowned universities to continue education.

Why Pursue a Cyber Security Associate Degree?

The economical, two-year Cyber Security associate degree program helps students learn the core computer security and information assurance concepts required to mitigate information risks. Plus, Blue Ridge CTC has earned the designation of a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity. The degree helps students:

    • Know how to utilize fundamental security tools, techniques, concepts to identify and protect information security assets.
    • Learn the use of cryptography as a tool, software development processes, and protection.
    • Learn ethics, laws, and regulations required for the Cyber Security profession.
    • Address the needs of government agencies, organizations, and the private sector related to Cyber Security.

Prepare for the Future with an Associate Degree in Cyber Security

Learn how to assess threats and security solutions for various infrastructures. Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Cyber Security imparts technical skills required to enter or grow in the well-paying IT and Cybersecurity workforce.

In the Cyber Security program, students learn how to apply risk, threat and security assessments to safeguard businesses, develop a security policy, and respond to incidents. With work-based coursework, students enhance communication and problem-solving skills to effectively translate technical information and solutions.

Earn this degree from our School of Workforce Development and Engineering Technologies.

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Degree Program

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On-campus, Hybrid, Online

60 +

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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

The industry-driven curriculum includes basic principles and security concepts related to mitigating common threats.

The Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security program teaches students core concepts of data security such as fundamentals of information technology, cyber security, networking, intrusion detection, Linux, cloud, applied cyber security concepts, and many more. Learning outcome include:

    • Fundamental Cyber security knowledge on tools and procedures.
    • Identifying and applying Cybersecurity terminology, principles, concepts, and methodologies.
    • Developing various policies, including; Acceptable Use, Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Incident Response.
    • Researching current threats and attacks, and identify how to mitigate those threats.

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Build Your Future With Blue Ridge CTC

Blue Ridge CTC offers a holistic, industry-focused approach to learning, leading to a path-breaking career and continuing education opportunities.

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What You Experience at Blue Ridge CTC

Blue Ridge CTC acts as a catalyst to career goals, gives students exposure to real-time career prospects, and provides a learning environment supporting personal and professional growth

World-class Pedagogy That Shapes Future Leaders!

Effective faculty is the backbone of any school. Our faculty are committed teachers and scholars who:

Deliver real-world learning to shape a students’ job market competency.

Impart teaching that promotes creativity and sets the base for further 4-year programs.

Extend a smart learning model that raises job prospects.

Integrate best-in-class learning formats and resources to drive focused learning.

Student Support Services and Spaces for Balanced Learning!

We provide comprehensive Student Support Services to promote student success.

Student Services provides a variety of support, including tutoring, accessibility accommodations, and more!

We provide high-tech classes, supporting labs, and study areas to promote a balanced education.

We recognize talent and celebrate performance with awards and acknowledgments.

We have supportive staff to help with personal, professional, and academic challenges.

Placement Assistance to Nurture Careers!

We support students from admission through the career search! Career Services assists students:

Find the right kind of job with a career inventory assessment.

Get assistance on resume writing and referral to participating employer partners.

With interview preparation to boost their morale and get prepared with the right narration to win job negotiations.

Get a holistic learning environment, where they are nurtured to become the next set of professionals entering the workforce.

Promoting Equity to Develop an Intercultural College Environment!

As a community of students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, we strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campuses, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Campus diversity encourages open dialogue on campus.

Equity removes barriers and ensures equal opportunities are afforded to all.

Our campus offers an inclusive, welcoming environment where all are valued, celebrated, and included.

The campus community promotes diversity and inclusion through a variety of speakers and events.

Hands-on Training and Internship Opportunities

We are committed to providing students with real-time training and internship opportunities to enter the workforce directly after graduating.

We provide industry expert instruction to strengthen job-specific skills needed for real-world challenges.

We assist students with internship opportunities to find their way to a successful career.

We provide industry-certified expert supervision and guidance to raise students’ job prospects in the Government and Private sectors.

Our campus is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, machinery, hardware, and software required to provide the technical skills needed for real jobs.

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Learn more about alumni who successfully reached their goals by earning an education at Blue Ridge CTC!

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Worried About Paying for College? Many Options Exist for Financial Aid.

Blue Ridge CTC provides need-based financial aid to qualified applicants, ensuring all students have equal access to quality education.

Whether you are a student worrying about tuition fees or are a parent assisting a child paying for college, we have a wide variety of financial resources available

    • State and Federal Grant Programs
    • Student Work-Study Opportunities
    • Student Loans
    • Special Grant Funding Opportunities
    • Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship opportunities

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about pursuing a Cyber Security Associate Degree? We can help!

As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment growth in one of many cybersecurity professions like Information Security Analyst is expected to be 33% from 2020-30 . This two-year program provides a pathway to prepare for entry or advancement in rapidly expanding cybersecurity professions.
An associate degree in Cyber Security at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides practical knowledge that lets students enter a highly-paying cyber security career or prepare a pathway to future 4-year programs to continue education. Blue Ridge CTC’s Cyber Security program has also earned designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security. The Center for Applied Cybersecurity at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College provides the eastern West Virginia region with education, training and resources to enhance the information assurance capabilities of area governments, schools, businesses and individuals. The Center strives to provide the best trained cybersecurity technicians and analysts for our region and nation through a comprehensive mix of theoretical and real-world educational opportunities. Verification of Center for Academic Excellence can be found on the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) website.
After completing the Cyber Security program, students gain skills to enter or advance in well-paying professions such as Information Security Analyst, Lead Software Security Engineer, Chief Information Security Officer, Security Architect, and many more.
Admission in the Cyber Security associate degree program at BRCTC requires a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.
Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Cybersecurity does not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify for admission. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.
When selecting a Cyber Security program, be sure to consider:
  • College accreditation .
  • Cyber Security designations, such as the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security
  • Qualified faculty and industry-driven learning delivery
  • Credit transfer evaluation opportunities
  • Job prospects and placement assistance
  • Need-based financial assistance to qualified applicants

Disclaimer

Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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