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The Mid-Atlantic region is a national epicenter of cyber security activities, described as the process of preventing, detecting, and responding to unauthorized access or attack of a computer or computer system.  A 2013 report from CyberMaryland identified approximately 20,000 current science, engineering, and math (STEM)-based cyber security job openings at more than 1,000 companies in the commercial and government sectors of the state.

Booz Allen Hamilton partnered with HCC to offer PyNight on April 24. It was a great opportunity for students to learn about hacking and to learn Python programming language. Stay tuned for next event coming in Falll 2015.

HCC is a partner in the Early College Program grant. This grant prepares high school students for employment and for successful completion of certification exams. This is a cooperative effort between HCC and the Howard County Public School System to meet the need for well-trained cybersecurity workers.

"If you're in Cyber, you're a rock star. Maryland is a major player in the Cybersecurity job market and there is far more demand than supply." Rick Geritz, Chairman of Cyber Maryland

Howard Community College provides a variety of accessible, affordable pathways for students to acquire the technical, ethical, and communications skills to begin a career or upgrade skills for success in the cyber workforce. Students benefit from:

  • cutting edge technology and lab facilities
  • experienced faculty and practicing professionals
  • extracurricular competitions
    • Cyber Security Club participates in regional competitions. Club is lead by Arthar Rafiq, Manager of Computing and Cyber Lab Services
  • articulation agreements
  • access to industry resources, internships, and employment opportunities


Cyber Security Center Programs
Business and Computer Systems Division
Information Technology A.A. Degree
Network Security Administration A.A.S. Degree

Network Security Information Technology A.A. Degree
Network Security Administration Certificate

Science, Engineering and Technology Division (As of Fall 2015 officially transferred to BUCO Division)
Cisco Certified Networking Certificate
Computer Forensics Certificate
Computer Support Technology A.A.S. Degree
Help Desk/LAN Support Technology Certificate

Social Sciences Division
Criminal Justice AA, Computer Forensics Option

Many cybersecurity programs also lead to industry certifications.

Faculty and Staff:
Rose Volynskiy, Chairperson, Technology Department
Mengistu Ayane, Associate Professor, Network/Cyber Security
John Bielski, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Vinitha Nithianandam, Professor, Technology and Electronics; Director of Information Assurance
Patrick O'Guinn, Associate Professor, Criminal Justice and Business Law
John Siebs, Assistant Professor, Technology
Athar Rafiq, Manager, Computing and Cyber Lab Services

ST107 Cisco LabST 109 Cisco Lab
DH 310 Lab
Cybersecurity Classrooms in Science & Technology and Duncan Hall buildings.

To view detailed course outlines and syllabi associated with CAE designation, please view this page.  

 If you would like additional information about the Cyber Security Center programs, contact Rose Volynskiy at or 443-518-4114.