New TNCC Workforce Training Responds to Increasing Demand for Cyber Security

Published: January 9, 2012

Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development (TNCC-WD) is now offering education in one of today’s fastest growing career fields: cyber security. The College recently received grants from Virginia’s Community College System to implement cyber security training across the Peninsula.

The grants give TNCC the resources to collaborate with Internet security firms to train new cyber security professionals. Participants will obtain the expertise necessary to reduce vulnerability in their information infrastructures, as well as to meet new National Security Administration standards.

“In today’s technological environment with the Internet used widely, there is a need to protect the vast amount of information and services provided. Government agencies, individuals and businesses need increasing protection from Internet fraud and other security threats,” says William “Bud” Barnett, Director of Professional & Continuing Education of TNCC’s Workforce Development. “By promoting education and research in cyber security, we are helping to meet the two key issues facing our region today: the lack of people trained in this field, and the fact that local businesses and municipalities may not have sufficient knowledge to meet the increasing challenges they face in this area.”

TNCC-WD currently offers a CompTIA Certification course, which provides Security + certification for Information Assurance practitioners. Further down the road, the division plans to offer Information Systems Security certifications like the Security Certified Network Professional (SCNP).

In addition, TNCC is hosting a series of free workshops designed to raise awareness of cyber-security issues and solutions. The first of these workshops was held at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in Hampton in September 2011, in cooperation with VOICCE (Virginia’s Operational Integration Cyber Center of Excellence) and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. The workshop, the first of its kind in the area, covered the Core Principles of Cyber Security, Current Cyber Threats and Preventions, and Cyber Security Tips and Solutions. In addition to local experts, the workshop featured a keynote speaker from the FBI.

A second free workshop is scheduled for February 23, 2012, at the Discovery Park Center in Williamsburg. Local business people and municipalities will be invited to learn more about cyber security issues as well as to discuss ways of approaching these problems more efficiently and economically.

Also, March 12-16, TNCC will sponsor a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Boot Camp in Hampton. The Boot Camp is designed to provide area professionals with training to take the CISSP exam.

Barnett notes that the City of Hampton was instrumental in leading this effort. “There is a huge demand for cyber security in Hampton Roads,” says Barnett. “The risks are changing every day. For this reason, local companies want their employees certified in this area. From students who are interested in the field to seasoned IT execs, all will require new training, and that’s where our programs come in.”

To learn more about TNCC’s cyber security training visit or call 757-825-2937.



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