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Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Resources for students interested in a career in cybersecurity.

Los Rios Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Center

Welcome to the Los Rios Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Center (LRCIAC). We provide cybersecurity-related resources for all of the Los Rios colleges, students, staff, and the community we serve. Our goal is to prepare our students to meet the ever-increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals to keep our businesses and our country safe.

If you want to learn how to stay ahead of cybersecurity attacks in an ever-changing security environment, we can help you get started. Our cybersecurity program will train you how to identify and respond to cyber threats of all kinds. These skills will prepare you to enter a highly paid, in-demand cybersecurity career.

In fact, Cyberseek states that every year in the US, 40,000 jobs for information security analysts go unfilled, and employers are struggling to fill 200,000 other cybersecurity-related roles. The biggest obstacle to stronger cybersecurity today, according to the 2017 Cybersecurity Trends Report, is the lack of skilled employees.

Cybersecurity Center Contacts

American River College

Cosumnes River College

Sacramento City College

Cybersecurity at Los Rios

Instructors

The following is a list of networking and security program faculty at Los Rios.

Name College Area
Kevin Anderson SCC Cybersecurity and Networking
Gary Bennett SCC Cybersecurity and Networking
Fernando Cantillo SCC Cybersecurity
Joseph Cheung SCC Cybersecurity and Networking
Larry Dumais ARC Cybersecurity and Networking
Wendell Fishman CRC Scripting
Markus Geissler CRC Cybersecurity and Networking
Daniel Gilbert-Valencia ARC Cybersecurity and Networking
Abdelaziz Kaina SCC Cybersecurity and Networking
Michael A. L'Estrange ARC Networking and Linux
Lance Parks CRC Cybersecurity and Networking
Dee Dee Perkins CRC Cybersecurity
Ashley Richardson ARC/SCC Cybersecurity and Networking
Ernest Shih ARC/CRC Cybersecurity
Buddy Spisak CRC Cybersecurity, Linux and Networking

Degrees and Certificates

Los Rios offers the following cybersecurity-related degree and certificate programs.

Program Type College
Computer Information Security Essentials Certificate American River College
Computer Information Security Essentials Certificate Sacramento City College
Cybersecurity Certificate Cosumnes River College
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Certificate American River College
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Certificate Sacramento City College
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance AS Degree American River College
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance AS Degree Cosumnes River College
Cybersecurity and Information Assurance AS Degree Sacramento City College

News, Events, and Resources

Cybersecurity News and Student Events

In addition to mentoring for CyberPatriot competitions, Los Rios College students participate in a variety of cyber competitions to sharpen their hands-on skills in cybersecurity. Competitions include the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) and National Cyber League (NCL).

Cybersecurity Resources and Awareness

Cybersecurity careers are complex and many roles can be found with banks, retailers, and government organizations. Learn about cybersecurity careers.

CAE and CAE-CDE Institutions

The following are four-year National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense:

Security Training Opportunities

SANS Training Center

SANS Training Center offers online training videos to those who handle secure information or deal with private student data, personal identity information, research data, social security numbers, or financial aid data as part of their job functions.

Anyone with a California community college email address can sign up for a free account at CCC Information Security Center.

Cybrary Training

Cybrary.it offers both free and paid IT security training.