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CCCCD Offers Class In Computer Security



CCCCD Offers Class In Computer Security

MAY 30, 2002 - Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) recently offered its first class in computer networking security to educators from around the country. The goal of the class was to teach instructors how to teach this technology to their own students, once they get back home states. These educators were the first to get security training under the new CIW Faculty Institute program at CCCCD.

"Security is paramount for most organizations," said Ann Beheler, dean and executive director of CCCCD's Engineering Technology Division. "Whether a company is large or small, network and data security are very real concerns. There is a shortage of trained personnel in this field, so the CIW Security Analyst Certification is a timely one for the industry."

This intensive, one-week class was a combination of three courses in the new CIW Security Analyst series being offered at CCCCD. It combined such broad topics as "Network Security and Firewalls," "Operating Systems Security," and "Security Audit, Attacks and Threat Analysis." Although this initial offering was for educators only, two sections of the class will be available to CE students this summer, albeit at a more leisurely pace.

Michael Trammel, an instructor with the Department of technical and adult education in Georgia, came for the unique training being offered.

"We have 7,000 students involved in our virtual college," said Trammel. "We've got schools in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. I'm training people on how to keep would-be hackers out of the administrative portions of the system. How to keep them from changing grades and how to keep them from doing denial-of-service attacks against our website. This class is more in-depth on how to do that."

CCCCD was recently designated an international CIW Faculty Institute site by ProsoftTraining and the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET). As a result, the CCCCD CIW Faculty Institute is part of a North American network of 15 locations that will train secondary and post-secondary educators to become CIW Certified Instructors.

The CIW Faculty Institute designation comes on the heels of several other high-tech partnerships that CCCCD has formed over the last few months. The college was the first in Texas to offer a full library of convergent technology courses from ComputerPREP, it was recently named a Microsoft IT Academy, it was one of nine sites chosen nationally to offer Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification courses, and it recently became an Oracle Workforce Development Program (WDP) partner.

"By expanding our offerings to include CIW and other certifications, we will be meeting the needs of students and the industry," said Beheler. "This is a logical next step in our already strong Microsoft and Cisco programs."