UMBC Training Centers Introduces Certificate in Cyber Foundations to Help Students Successfully Begin a Career in Cybersecurity

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Cyber Foundations is the Fundamental Course in the Organization’s Center for Cybersecurity

UMBC Training Centers, delivering high quality, flexible, non-credit education and training programs, today announced the Certificate in Cyber Foundations, the latest program in its growing Cybersecurity curriculum. The program is designed to provide candidates with the skills, knowledge and credentials to successfully start a career in the field of information assurance and security. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn a series of professional certifications mandated by the Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570.1 including CompTIA A+, Network + and Security +.

“The UMBC Center for Cybersecurity Training was created to help our students gain employment with the various cyber-related federal agencies, prime defense contractors, sub-contractors and consulting firms that are moving to this area as a part of BRAC and the establishment of the U.S. Cyber Command,” said Kent Malwitz, Vice President of UMBC Training Centers. “We developed the Certificate in Cyber Foundations as an introductory way to meet the industry’s need for qualified employees with the right mix of technical, critical thinking and communications skills that are vital to this industry.”

Each course within the Center for Cybersecurity will be taught by expert faculty with significant experience in the field of information technology and Cybersecurity, as well as an aptitude and passion for teaching.

Specific program topics include: Computer Foundations, Microsoft Windows and Linux Operating System Foundations, Security Foundations, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Effective Communication, and Incident Response. The program consists of instruction, significant hands on labs using real world Cybersecurity scenarios, assessments and industry certification examinations.

This program is suitable for recent high school or college graduates as well as working professionals seeking to enter the field of information assurance and Cybersecurity. The Certificate in Cyber Foundations is taught as a three-month full-time format as well as a part-time evening format. The program can also be accelerated for organizations with employees who already possess some of the baseline skills covered in the course.

“Our goal is to help prepare today’s workforce for tomorrow’s Cybersecurity challenges,” added Malwitz. “There is a growing list of cyber threats in the world and with the proper training, students can obtain the skills needed to effectively protect and defend systems, making them attractive to federal agencies, government contractors, and commercial organizations.”

UMBC has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Agency (NSA).

For more information about UMBC Training Center’s Center for Cybersecurity, please visit:

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