• Cybersecurity

    Enter the world of cybersecurity where the digital landscape meets the forefront of defense. In an age where cyber threats loom large, our program introduces students to the critical field of safeguarding digital assets. From mastering multiple numbering systems to exploring Microsoft Windows and LINUX operating systems, students dive deep into the essentials. 

    Through courses like network fundamentals and cybersecurity, students learn networking, vulnerability assessment and cyber forensics, preparing for real-world challenges. Engage in the prestigious CyberPatriot competition and seize opportunities for internships and industry certifications. Earn credentials like CompTIA Security+ and Network+, setting the scene for a thriving career. 

    Program Overview

    This program introduces students to the broad field of cybersecurity. Students learn multiple numbering systems, become familiar with Microsoft Windows, and LINUX operating systems. They learn networking, vulnerability assessment, and cyber forensics. Students participate in the national CyberPatriot competition. Opportunities also exist for student internships and industry recognized certifications.

    Courses Offered

    • Information Technology Fundamentals
    • Network Fundamentals
    • Cyber Security I
    • Cyber Security II
    • Cyber Security III
    • CTE Lab in Information Technology
    • Career Pathway Project in Information Technology
    • Network Systems Administration

    Credentials Students Can Earn

    • CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals
    • CompTIA Security+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIA A+
    • FAA Part 107
    • Fiber Optics-Skills for Success
    • TESTOUT Linux PRO
    • TESTOUT Routing PRO
    • TESTOUT Network PRO
    • TESTOUT Security PRO
    • TESTOUT IT Fundamentals PRO

    Employment Outlook

    Our Cybersecurity pathway provides a solid foundation for various entry-level positions in the field, and further education can lead to more advanced career opportunities with greater responsibilities and higher earning potential. 

    For students graduating from a cybersecurity program without pursuing further education, there are several entry-level job opportunities available in the field. These may include:

    • Cybersecurity Technician: Cybersecurity technicians assist in protecting computer systems, networks, and data from cyber threats. They may monitor security systems, investigate security incidents, and implement security measures to prevent unauthorized access or breaches.

    • Network Technician: Network technicians support the operation and maintenance of computer networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and wireless networks. They may troubleshoot network issues, configure network devices, and implement security protocols to protect network infrastructure.

    • Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst: SOC analysts work in security operations centers to monitor and analyze security events and incidents. They use security information and event management (SIEM) tools to detect and respond to security threats in real-time, escalating incidents as necessary.

    • IT Support Specialist: IT support specialists provide technical assistance and support to end-users experiencing computer-related issues. They may troubleshoot hardware and software problems, install and configure computer systems, and educate users about security best practices.

    • Cybersecurity Intern: Cybersecurity interns gain practical experience working in cybersecurity roles under the supervision of experienced professionals. They may assist with security assessments, vulnerability scanning, incident response, and security awareness training initiatives.

    For students interested in advancing their careers and taking on higher-level roles, pursuing further education, such as an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, computer science or a related field, can open up additional opportunities. Jobs that may require further education include:

    • Cybersecurity Analyst: Cybersecurity analysts assess and mitigate security risks to protect organizations from cyber threats. They may conduct security assessments, develop security policies and procedures, and respond to security incidents. A bachelor's degree in cybersecurity or a related field is typically required for entry-level positions.

    • Security Engineer: Security engineers design, implement, and manage security solutions to protect computer systems, networks, and data from cyber threats. They may work on projects such as firewall deployment, intrusion detection system (IDS) configuration, and encryption implementation. A bachelor's degree in cybersecurity, computer engineering, or a related field is typically required for entry-level positions.

    • Penetration Tester/Ethical Hacker: Penetration testers, also known as ethical hackers, assess the security of computer systems and networks by simulating cyber attacks. They identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses that could be exploited by malicious actors and recommend remediation measures. A bachelor's degree in cybersecurity or a related field, along with certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), is typically required for entry-level positions.

    • Security Consultant: Security consultants provide advisory services to organizations on cybersecurity matters, including risk assessment, compliance, and security strategy development. They may assess security posture, recommend security solutions, and assist with security policy implementation. A bachelor's degree in cybersecurity, along with relevant certifications and industry experience, is typically required for entry-level positions.

    Student Organizations

    Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a nonprofit student organization committed to preparing today’s students for success in business leadership. With over 70 years of developing future business leaders, Alabama FBLA develops members’ leadership potential and business content knowledge, preparing them for college and career. FBLA is an important partner in the success of school-to-work programs, business education, and student leadership development.

    ​CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air & Space Forces Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. ​At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber defense competition that puts middle and high school students in charge of securing virtual networks.

    Faculty Contact

    Tyler Alexander | jonathanalexander@albertk12.org