Cybersecurity II Proficiency Certificate


The Cybersecurity II Proficiency Certificate consists of courses that help to prepare students for these industry certification exams:

  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (CIS 274)
  • Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) (CIS 261, CIS 274)

Students will develop the technical, analytical and problem-solving skills needed to protect both government and organizations' information technology assets. When completed, these courses may be applied to the Cybersecurity Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the Cybersecurity certificate, students will be able to:

  • Detect, analyze, identify and resolve security vulnerabilities, threats & breaches using appropriate tools.
  • Install, configure and monitor information systems security devices/software, as well as apply software patches and service packs
  • Identify the implications of information systems configuration weaknesses
  • Identify the implications of information systems policy/procedure weaknesses as well as human errors
  • Determine the necessity for cyber investigation and retrieve/seize cyber evidence from computer systems without contamination
  • Utilize basic security features to configure and harden operating systems

Program Entry Requirements:

This is a select program. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the certificate.   Students need a basic understanding of computer hardware and software concepts.  Students without this preparation are encouraged to take CIS 103 – Computer Applications & Concepts.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the certificate requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed.

Course Sequence:

Course Number & NamePrerequisitesCredits
CIS 106 - Introduction to Computer Programming or
CIS 114 - JavaScript I
 4 credits
CIS 204 - Fundamentals of Linux and UnixCIS 105 or CIS 1553 credits
CIS 261 - Cyber InvestigationCIS 1554 credits
CIS 274 - Ethical Hacking & Penetration TestingCIS 152 and CIS 2594 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


For More Information, Contact:

The Computer Technologies Dept., Room C3-1, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 496-6134; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.