Why Study Cyber Security?

Cybersecurity is critical to all areas of society including healthcare, business, finance, public utilities, transportation, and our personal lives. The Cyber Security degree program provides students with a strong foundation in computers and networking with an emphasis on security. Courses are aligned with industry-recognized certifications in operating systems, ethical hacking, computer hardware and software, network infrastructure configuration, security, wireless networks, as well as the skills required to defend networks and devices against cyber attacks.

The AAS in Cyber Security helps you prepare for industry-recognized certifications from CompTIA, Cisco, and Microsoft while you learn skills in Linux, Python, Networking, Ethical Hacking, Cyber Defense, Desktop Support, Server Administration and Computer Forensics.

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Cyber Scholarship Program

Discover the path to a rewarding cybersecurity career with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program (DoD CySP) in collaboration with Rockland Community College. This prestigious scholarship offers a unique opportunity for both aspiring and current cybersecurity professionals to advance their education and career with financial support from the Department of Defense at select colleges.

Please be aware that students are only eligible for the scholarship in their second year, and it is highly competitive. Learn more and apply for the scholarship, taking your first step towards getting your degree in cybersecurity.

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Graduates of Rockland Community College are provided with a clear path to meaningful careers that meet the needs of businesses and industry in the communities we serve. Our students are trained in specific skills that are needed by employers, and guided through a career path that leads directly to workforce opportunities. With affordable tuition, students who begin their college careers at RCC are ready to meet the demands of the real world.

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Student Success

At Rockland Community College, you are provided with a Student Success Team that will help you with your academic journey, career exploration, transfer planning, support service referrals, and more! Your Team includes your Dean, Program Director, Faculty Advisor, Student Success Advisor, Connection Center Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Peer Mentors, and if you’re involved in any of these special programs, your Athletics, Honors, TRiO, and Veterans Advisors. During your first semester, you will take an ‘Introduction to the School’ course that will outline the various College offices and departments that can help you on your path.

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Career Outlook

An AAS in Cyber Security prepares your for a range of opportunities from desktop support to network and server administration.


Desktop Support, Network Administration, and Server Administration

Job Roles

Network/Server Administrator, Desktop Support Technician, and Security Analyst


Healthcare, Business, Government, Education, Finance, Transportation, Travel, and Critical Infrastructure


Information Security Analysts

$140,770 NYS Average
National Average $124,740 annually

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$109,340 NYS Average
National Average $100,580 annually

Computer User Support Specialists

$70,320 NYS Average
National Average $63,640 annually

Employment and wage data by occupation are based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey, which collects information from approximately 51,000 businesses. labor.ny.gov

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Rockland Community College, State University of New York, offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. RCC has become the “first choice” for parents and students. Thanks to our affordable tuition, students can save $100,000 on a college education by starting at RCC and transferring to outstanding four-year colleges.