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Cyber Operations

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Cyber Operations program is designed to focus on the necessary skills required to secure, protect and identify vulnerabilities in a network, including various operating systems and network devices. Emphasis is placed on developing the theoretical, legal, ethical and practical skills needed to maintain security on mission-critical networking and server systems. The program is designed to meet the training needs of government and industry employees. The program covers a variety of information security technologies and structured languages. The Cyber Operations program also focuses on the skills needed for internationally recognized IT certifications and high demands in business, industry, and government. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Cybersecurity is also available.


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Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Cyber Operations (CER)
Total Credits Required
Effective term
Fall 2021

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Courses within any of the following prefixes must be taken within five (5) years prior to completion of the program to be applied toward this award: AIM, BPC, CIS, CLD, CNT, CSC, ITS, and MST.

What You'll Learn
  • Explain the fundamental components, concepts, and application of cybersecurity principles. (BPC170, BPC270, CIS105, CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS156, CIS156, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, ITS110, ITS291, ITS292, MST150++)
  • Describe cyber defense tools, methods, and components. (CIS156, CIS190, CNT140AB, ITS110, ITS291, ITS292)
  • Apply cyber defense methods to prepare a system to repel attacks. (CIS156, ITS110, ITS240)
  • Analyze common security failures and identify specific design principles that have been violated. (ITS110)
  • Understand the interaction between security and system usability and the importance for minimizing the effects of security mechanisms. (ITS110)
  • Apply appropriate protocols, tools, and techniques to maximize security in the network environment. (CIS156, CIS190, CNT140AB, ITS110, ITS240, ITS291, ITS292)
  • Describe the fundamental concepts, technologies, components, vulnerabilities, and issues related to networks. (BPC170, CIS105, CIS190, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, CNT140AB, ITS110)
  • Identify and describe basic security issues of operating systems. (BPC270, CIS105 CIS126DL, CIS126RH, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, , ITS110, ITS240, MST150++)
  • Identify perpetrators, their resources, and their motivations in cyberspace. (CIS111, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, ITS110, ITS120, ITS240)
  • Compare and contrast offensive and defensive resources used in cybersecurity ecosystems/environment. (CIS290AC, CIS298AC, ITS110, ITS240)
  • Delineate differences between the moral, behavioral, ethical, and legal ramifications found in the cybersecurity world. (CIS105, CIS111, CIS156, ITS120)
  • Apply knowledge of regulatory and legal requirements to ensure compliance. (CIS111, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, ITS120, ITS240)
  • Apply risk analysis methodologies to identify potential vulnerabilities, associated impacts, and recommend appropriate responses. (CIS111, CIS238DL, CIS238RH, CIS290AC, CIS298AC, ITS110, ITS120, ITS240)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
The following courses are required and included in CCL Cybersecurity Fundamentals.
BPC270A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support (3) OR
MST150++Any Microsoft Windows course (3)3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems3
CIS111Ethics in Information Technology (3) OR
ITS120Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (3)3
CIS126DLLinux Operating System (3) OR
CIS126RHRed Hat System Administration I (3)3
CIS156Python Programming: Level I3
CIS190Introduction to Networking (3) OR
CNT140ABIntroduction to Networks (4)3-4
ITS110Information Security Fundamentals3
ITS240Ethical Hacking and Network Defense3
The following courses are required in Cyber Operations
BPC170A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support3
CIS238DLLinux System Administration (3) OR
CIS238RHRed Hat System Administration II (3)3
CIS290ACComputer Information Systems Internship (3) OR
CIS298ACSpecial Projects (3)3
ITS291Computer Forensics Foundations4
ITS292Advanced Computer Forensics4

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.