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CCCCD Network Security Program Draws Interest From State Official

CCCCD Network Security Program Draws Interest From State Official

August 26, 2003 - Collin County Community College District's unique cyber-security program recently caught the interest of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R). Representative Johnson visited the Preston Ridge campus in Frisco and met with college officials to learn about network security issues and CCCCD's training program to safeguard computer networking systems.

"Whether a company is a large corporation or small enterprise, network and data security are very real concerns," said Ann Beheler, dean and executive director of CCCCD's Engineering Technology Division. "There is a shortage of trained personnel on this subject, and the college is on the forefront of providing this type of training in Texas."

The current heightened state of awareness has spurred businesses and corporations to evaluate security measures, and network security lands on the top of the list. The college has taken the lead by developing a strong network security curriculum as well as participating in several cyber-security initiatives focused on educating instructors or training professionals seeking certifications.

· Regional Cisco Academy for Security & Wireless The first and currently the only academy in Texas, it provides training for Texas instructors and Collin County Community College students in fundamentals of network security and the fundamentals of wireless LANS. The Fundamentals of Network Security program appeals to professionals who want a globally recognized certification and skill set, employers needing to validate employee credentials and those interested in industry-wide security technologies, threats, weaknesses and solutions. This course aligns with CompTIA's Security+ certification examination as well as two of Cisco's firewall certifications.

· Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Faculty Training Center Conducted the first security instructor training through CIW in May 2002 in network Security and Firewalls, Operating Systems Security and Security Audit, Attacks and Threat Analysis. This course aligns with the CIW Security Analyst Certification examination.

· Designated as a Working Connections College to deliver Educator to Educator (E2E) security training Provided security beginning and intermediate training to 30-40 instructors summer 2003. The designation was granted by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET).

· One of eight colleges in the Texas Consortium creating Security Curriculum for the state of Texas. CCCCD helped to develop a model security curriculum for the state of Texas. CCCCD will offer these courses in both Continuing Education and credit beginning with introductory courses Fall 2003.

· Convergence Lab The first of its kind at a Texas college or university, this lab is available to college engineering and technology students as well as to North Texas businesses. The lab, located at the Preston Ridge Campus, simulates numerous worldwide office settings and features four "virtual offices" with equipment, such as wired and wireless LANs, WANs, videoconferencing, voice-over IP, PBX, ISDN, Interactive Voice Recognition (IVR), voicemail, unified messaging, security and general computer networking. This lab supports security case study projects for students to practice their security skills in a real-world environment.

Fall class include: · Cisco Fundamentals of Network Security (Continuing Education) - 9/22 - 11/05, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. · Cisco Fundamentals of Network Security (Credit) - 8/25 - 10/16, 5 - 11 p.m.; 10/20 - 12/10, 5 - 11 p.m. · CIW Security Analyst (Credit) - 8/26 - 10/16, 8 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.; 10/20 - 12/10, 11 - 4 p.m.; 10/21 - 12/11, 6-11 p.m. · Security Management Practices (Credit) - 10/20 - 12/10, 5-11 p.m.

For more information on network security classes, contact Barbara Taylor, lead security instructor, at (972) 377-1768 or Ann Beheler, dean of Engineering Technology, at (972) 377-1700.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 38,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, the CCCCD is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.