Computer Information Science American River College

American River College Cybersecurity Center

CAE-CDE Program Goal

American River College is a candidate to become a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). The goal of the CAE Cyber Defense Education program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise.  The program helps students to proactively increase their understanding of robust information assurance and cyber defense (IA/CD) technology, policy, and practices to work collaboratively as professionals to enable our Nation to effectively prevent and respond to a catastrophic cyber event. This program will contribute significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art IA/CD knowledge and practices. 


Professor Daniel Gilbert-Valencia

Cybersecurity Center Director

American River College

Kirsten Corbin

Dean, Business and Computer Science

American River College


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Required Program

BUS 310 Business Communications 3
CISC 323 Linux Operating System 1
CISC 324 Intermediate Linux Operating System 1
CISN 110 Networking Technologies - Preparation for N+ Certification 2
CISN 111 Intermediate Networking Technologies - Preparation for N+ Certification 2
CISN 300 Network Systems Administration 3
CISN 302 Intermediate Network Systems Administration 3
CISN 307 Windows Active Directory Services 3
CISS 310 Network Security Fundamentals 3
CISS 325 Network Security and Firewalls 3
CISS 341 Implementing Windows Operating System Security (3) 3
   or CISS 342 Implementing Linux Operating System Security (3)
CISS 350 Disaster Recovery 3
CISS 360 Computer Forensics and Investigation 3

Total Units: 33

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Associate in Science Degree

The Information Systems Security Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Career Opportunities:

This program provides the information and skills necessary for network administration professionals to implement security from internal and external threats for an enterprise network. It covers client and server security on different operating systems, disaster recovery planning, and forensics. This program also provides preparation for several computer information security certification exams, including the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Security+ exam, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) exams and several of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification exams. 

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