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Cybersecurity (AAS & Cert)

What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. Cybercrimes such as identity theft, phishing, and ransomware attacks are on the rise and so is the need for people to help prevent them. Now more than ever, companies, and government agencies need help to protect their networks and sensitive information.

CNCC’s Cybersecurity Program

The Cybersecurity program at CNCC prepares you to assess the security needs of computer and network systems, recommend safeguard solutions, and manage the implementation and maintenance of security devices, systems, and procedures.

The program offers a two-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Computer and Information Security.  Simultaneously you can earn a Network and Security certificate, Cybersecurity certificate, and for most classes students will earn an industry-recognized certificate such as CompTIA Industry Network+, Security+ or Linux+ certificates.

Learn about:

  • Computer architecture
  • Programming
  • Systems analysis
  • Networking
  • Telecommunications
  • Cryptography
  • Security system design
  • Cyber laws and regulations
  • Risk assessment and policy analysis
  • Contingency planning
  • User access issues
  • Investigation techniques
  • Troubleshooting

Why Choose CNCC for Cybersecurity?

  • The cost for the CompTIA Industry Network+, Security+ or Linux+ certificates earned during the Cybersecurity program are about half what it would cost to earn them privately.
  • Full-time residents of Rangely and Moffat County can apply for In-District Tuition Assistance, which can help cover the cost of program tuition.
  • Classes will be offered during the day and at night beginning in fall 2021.
  • The Cybersecurity Program will include a state of the art Cyberrange designed to enhance your skills in identifying and eliminating cyber threats to organizational information (Pen testing). The training will culminate in a Capture the Flag (CTF) team and individual Cybersecurity Competitions.

Careers in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is growing career field that offers a number of professional options. Graduates from the CNCC Cybersecurity program can be employed as Information Security Analysts, Security System Administrators, Cyber Data Analysts, Computer Support Specialists, Cryptanalysts/Cryptographers, or Network Support Engineers.

  • According to, there are over 17,000 job openings currently in the state of Colorado and the demand for cybersecurity talent currently outstrips the supply of available workers in every state.

Contact Information




Director of Cybersecurity & Networking Program 
James Elste
(970) 824-0827

About CNCC

Colorado Northwestern is one college in two Colorado communities. Depending on what you want to study, CNCC has the perfect surroundings and facilities to meet your needs. Founded in 1962 as “Rangely College,” CNCC now serves nearly 1,600 students on two campuses, two service centers and online. Our two campuses are located in Craig and Rangely and are 90 miles apart in the mountains and canyons of Northwestern Colorado.