CCBC CAE2Y Application: IA Student Development


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2. IA Student Development: The program provides development opportunities for students that lead to a two year associate’s degree or a certificate in an IA discipline.

Overall Point Value: 14 minimum/28 maximum

a. Evidence of IA degrees/areas of study/track or certificates (For example: List of IA Associates degrees and/or certificates in IA curriculum as listed on the institution’s website or catalog, list of all IA program courses with their descriptions).

Point Value: 5 points

CCBC had one of the first IA certificate programs at the community college-level in the state of Maryland (2004). Currently, CCBC offers both an A.A.S. degree (scroll down for Security Option) and a certificate in Security. In September, 2010, MHEC approved a major revision to both the Security degree and certificate programs. The updated Information Systems Security programs will go into effect in the fall of 2011.

Common Course Outlines for the current (and updated) IA curriculum can be found here:

b. Evidence of Copies of Articulation/Transfer agreements with 4 yr institutions offering a concentration or IA degrees/areas of study/track or certificates.

Point Value: 5 points

CCBC has signed articulation agreements (scroll down under Network Technology for IA articulation agreements) for its Security degree program with the following schools:

  • Capitol College
  • University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

CCBC is actively working on articulation agreements with the following schools:
  • Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)
  • Stevenson University (Maryland)
  • Towson University (Maryland)
  • University of Baltimore (Maryland)
  • Wilmington University (Delaware)

c. Articulation agreements with high schools to facilitate awareness and training for faculty/administration/students.

Point Value: 2 points per school/6 points maximum

At the K-12 level, CCBC has IA partnerships established with the Baltimore County Public School System. By participating in this program, any Baltimore County Public School student can articulate credits toward CCBC’s Security A.A.S. degree and/or certificate.

CCBC faculty have strong relationships with the various Baltimore county high school Cisco Networking Academy programs, and make regular visits to area schools to promote the values of a degree and/or certificate in IA. The schools visited by year include:

  • 2010: Carver Center High School, New Town High School, Sollers Point Technical High School, Western Technical High School
  • 2006: Sollers Point Technical High School, Towson High School
  • 2005: Dulaney High School, Eastern Technical High School, Milford Mill High School, Parkville High School, Sollers Point Technical High School, Towson High School, Western Technical High School

d. Participation in Cyber/IA competitions.

Point Value: 2 points per each/6 points maximum

Since 2006, CCBC has been a national leader in cyber defense exercise design and delivery. Casey W. O'Brien, Director of CCBC's Institute for Cyber Security (ICS) and Associate Professor of Network Technology, has been the Competition Director of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MA CCDC) since its inception in 2006.

CCBC teams have done well in the MA CCDC Regional Finals each spring:

The size and scope of the MA CCDC has expanded each year. Now in its 6th year, CCBC hosts a MA CCDC virtual Qualifying Round each January and a face-to-face Regional Finals each March. This year's Qualifying Round will pit 23 schools, representing undergraduate and graduate students from two- and four-year schools in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., against each other for a shot at advancing to the face-to-face Regional Finals, March 10-12, 2011 (the top 8 schools from the virtual Qualifying Round advance to the Regional Finals). The winner of the MA CCDC Regional Finals earns an automatic spot (and an all-expenses paid trip) to the National CCDC, April 8-10, 2011.

Since 2006, over 500 students have competed in the MA CCDC. In addition, last year's sponsors contributed over $30,000 to offset the costs of running the MA CCDC, which is funded through a CyberWatch/CCBC sub-award.

In addition to designing, coordinating, and running the MA CCDC each year, Mr. O'Brien has also published about the MA CCDC, and presented at various conferences nationally.

In June, 2011, Mr. O'Brien will be bringing the US Cyber Challenge (USCC) Summer Camp program to Maryland. The USCC is designed to nurture and develop the next generation of cyber warriors, provide its participants with access to advanced education and cyber exercises, and enable them to be recognized by colleges and employers where their skills can be of the greatest value to the nation.

The USCC Summer Camp model was piloted in the summer of 2010 in California, Delaware, and New York for college-aged students. Students in these pilots attended four days of training, heavily favored towards hands-on exercises, led by SANS instructors. On the fifth day, a Capture-the-Flag (CTF) exercise was conducted.

The Maryland USCC Summer Camp will pilot a similar five-day training format, but specifically geared towards high school students. The curriculum, called Cyber Foundations, will focus on the fundamentals of networking, operating systems, and system administration.

e. Courses containing “Hands-on” training or Lab training.

Point Value: 2 points per course/6 points maximum

The following courses in the Security degree and certificate programs rely heavily on “hands-on" training and projects (NOTE: the Course Requirements section in each of the Common Course Outlines below dictates the minimum number of lab assignments for each course):


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