Center for Cyber Defense Education (CCDE)
Since its beginning in 2003, OCCC’s Cyber/Information Security program has been a leader in Cyber Defense Education. OCCC’s commitment to this mission was recognized by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security with the designation as a National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education (CAE2Y) institution.
To help continue and enhance this commitment, the Division of Information Technology has created the Center for Cyber Defense Education (CCDE) . This Center will provide a single point of contact for our college and community. The hope is this will increase interest in Cyber Defense, promote our Cyber/Information Security program and result in a greater awareness of the threats and challenges everyone faces in a digitally connected society.
This website is created in support of the Center for Cyber Defense Education (CCDE) . The purpose of this website is to offer program guidance on OCCC’s Cyber/Information Security program as well as providing general cyber defense information to the OCCC community. It is hoped that the website will provide collaboration and outreach opportunities among students, faculty, and other institutions on the topic of cyber defense.
OCCC Cyber/Information Security and Related Programs
OCCC offers three programs in Cyber Defense. Click on the links below to review the program degree plans.
- Associate in Science (AS): Computer Science - Cyber/Information Security
- Associate in Applied Science (AAS): Computer Science - Cyber/Information Security
- Certificate of Mastery: Computer Science - Cyber/Information Security
In addition, with proper planning and advisement, Cyber Security students can also receive the following Certificates of Mastery:
- Certificate of Mastery: Computer Science - Computer System Support
- Certificate of Mastery: Computer Science - Computer Networking Support
Course descriptions for Computer Science courses used in these programs can be found by clicking on the following link:
Cyber Defense Related Industry Certification
Courses in OCCC's Cyber Defense programs provide students with a partial foundation for the following industry recognized certifications:
- CompTIA A+, Linux+, Network+ and Security+
- Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Windows Server and Windows Client
- TestOut Network Pro
Additional preparation will be required before attempting the certification exam.
Authorized Pearson VUE Test Center
OCCC is a Pearson VUE® Authorized Test Center.
Please go to the Pearson VUE website to schedule a test or for information:
As a CompTIA Academy Partner, Cyber Defense students have the opportunity to purchase CompTIA exam vouchers at a discount from Pearson VUE. Discounts can be as much as 50% of the normal exam pricing.
For details on how to purchase discount vouchers talk to your Computer Science professor or contact the Division of Information Technology office at 1-405-682-7888.
Advanced Standing Credit for Industry Certifications
OCCC offers students who currently possess a valid Industry Certification to receive Advanced Standing Credit for a variety of courses in Computer Science.
To receive Advanced Standing Credit, a student must show proof of certification, complete the required paperwork and pay $5.00 per semester hour or $15.00 per 3 hour course. Students must complete 12 semester hours of credit at OCCC before the credit will be added to their transcript.
Students should contact their Computer Science professor or the Division of Information Technology office at 1-405-682-7888 for a list of the certifications which qualify for Advanced Standing Credit.
Cyber Defense Resources
National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has helped fund five National and Regional Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers in Security Technologies .
The mission of these centers is to improves the education of technicians who work in advanced technology industries that are important to the nation’s security.
The centers accomplish this by providing support to test innovations for teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to undergraduates and secondary school students, and the educators who teach them.
The organizations listed below offer a wealth of information and support for educational institutions and their students in the areas of Information Security and Cyber Defense.
- Advanced Cyberforensics Education (ACE)
- Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC)
- National Center for Security System and Information Assurance (CSSIA)
- National CyberWatch Center (CyberWatch)
- CyberWatch West (CWW)
For more information regarding OCCC's Cyber Defense programs, contact: