OCTC offering Cybersecurity certificate, will be free for vets and first responders

July 18, 2021 | 12:07 am

Updated July 18, 2021 | 12:05 am

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Owensboro Community and Technical College is joining forces with the University of Louisville and other colleges nationwide this fall to offer an online Cybersecurity Workforce Certificate program funded by the National Security Agency.

OCTC was chosen to participate in this project because of the college’s earned designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

Cheryl Purdy, the local project lead, said the curriculum is offered completely online.

“The program is asynchronous, which means there are no scheduled class meetings,” Purdy said. “This allows participants to complete the modules at times that are convenient for them. Although fully online, instructors are available throughout the term for virtual office hours and for assistance with any questions or issues.”

The Cybersecurity Workforce Certificate program term is six months, during which participants may complete a total of 24 modules. In addition to the foundational modules, some of the module topics include: artificial intelligence, cyber threat hunting, network security, data mining, blockchain, digital forensics, database security, cloud security, IoT, post quantum cryptography, risk analysis, and robotics process automation analysis.

In addition, participants will be able to earn industry-recognized badges from tech leaders such as Google, Microsoft, and IBM.

As a part of the National Security Agency grant, first responders and veterans can participate in the program at no cost. Other community members are also welcome to apply, and the program fee is $1,500.

“As the reliance upon technology has grown exponentially over the past two decades, so has the need for securing these assets,” Purdy said. “This coalition project provides an opportunity for our community to enhance their knowledge and as such, be better prepared to protect those technology assets.”

The pilot project is accepting a total of 200 students with staggered start dates between August and February. For more information or to apply, contact Lindsey Kafer at lindsey.kafer@kctcs.edu or 270-686-3781.

July 18, 2021 | 12:07 am

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