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Applied Cybersecurity

Applied Cyber Security


The mission of the Applied Cybersecurity Program at Withlacoochee Technical College is to provide the students with the instruction, training, atmosphere, and facilities needed to become employed as competent IT technicians and related occupations. Each student’s ability and effort will determine his/her individual success in this program.


This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and cybersecurity-related careers in the Information Technology industry.

The program provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of cybersecurity.

The content includes but is not limited to foundational knowledge and skills in computer and network security, security vulnerabilities, attack mechanisms and techniques, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptographic systems, system hardening, risk identification, incidence response, penetration testing, key management, access control, and recovery. Specialized courses focus on database security, planning and analysis, software, and web security.

Industry Certification

To prepare you for employment and to pass your industry certification exam, you will be enrolled in CompTIA’s family of CertMaster training products.

  • CertMaster Learn – to acquire knowledge and study toward your certification exam
  • CertMaster Labs – to solve real-world problems in a simulated environment
  • CertMaster Practice – to reinforce knowledge and prepare for your certification exam

Unique Requirements:

The State of Florida requires students to meet a basic skills requirement prior to program completion. The basic skills grade levels for this program are: Computation (Mathematics) 10.0 , Communications (Reading Language Arts) 9.0.

Completion time depends on the progress of the individual. The typical length of this program for the average achieving student is 750 hours.

Completion Levels:

  • Cybersecurity Associate
  • Information Security Manager

Certificate Requirements:

A student must meet ALL the following conditions to earn a Certificate of Program Completion from WTC:

  • Pass all courses and OCPs in the program
  • Complete the required curriculum
  • Settle all school debt including returning textbooks for high school students
  • Meet Florida Basic Skills requirements for the program.
  • Receive the instructor's recommendation

Program Information

New classes begin in August, November,  and January
Typical class times are 7:30am to 3:00pm M-F

Choose your Career Pathway

Contact the College About This Program - 726-2430 Ext. 4301


CompTIA Security+

Articulation Agreement

College of Central Florida Career Pathways Articulation Agreement