Center for Cyber Defense Education

Rockland Community College has a longstanding commitment to Cyber Security Education. Rockland was the first community college in the SUNY system to have its courses certified as mapping to the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) NSTISSI Standard 4011 in 2008, and first offered a degree in local area networking in 1996. The degree was later renamed to Computer Networking and is now called Cyber Security.

The 62-credit Cyber Security AAS degree program provides students with the technological course work needed for careers in cyber security. Course work prepares students for vendor certifications including Microsoft® Windows®, CompTIA®, and Cisco®. Courses use vendor authorized curriculum and include extensive lab work. See a mapping of courses to certification exam preparation.

For more details on the requirements please see our online catalog: Cyber Security Associate Degree

Cyber Security topics are also covered in other degree programs. Examples include HIPAA in Nursing and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs, information privacy topics in the Paralegal Studies program, and critical infrastructure protection in the Corporate and Homeland Security program.

The College is a CompTIA Authorized Academy, an affiliate school of the National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance and a member school of the National CyberWatch Center. Our Facebook page contains cyber security tips and information, and the Center for Cyber Defense Education maintains a display case on the third floor of the Technology Center.

Cyber Security Degree
Cyber Security Policies
Cyber Security Resources
Cyber Security Awareness Blog

Cybersecurity Student Club

The club meets on Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters from 12:40 pm – 1:30 pm and is open to all students. Students can attend meetings remotely or in person. The club is meant to encourage everyone of all skill levels to explore cybersecurity further. It is a fun engaging way to apply some of the skills you have learned in class and open new challenges outside of the classroom. The Cybersecurity Club participates in local, regional and national competitions. The next competition will be National Cyber League Fall 2022 season.

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Contact Information

Center for Cyber Defense Education
Technology Center, Room 8307
f: 845-574-4259
[email protected]


  • Jeanette Geller, Chair
  • Prof. Nicole L Hanaburgh
    MSEE, CISSP, Security+, CTT+, A+, Network+