Foundations of Cybersecurity

This course focuses on multiple I.T. disciplines in order to provide a strong foundation for students looking to pursue a cybersecurity career. Course covers a major topic throughout each week from the areas of hardware, software, networking, security, coding, automation, and cloud technology.

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What you will do in this course

  • Gain critical hands-on skills to augment your cybersecurity knowledge and experience
  • Use real industry-leading security tools such as IBM QRadar and Palo Alto Network firewalls
  • Create AWS cloud environment to practice concepts learned in the course and prepare virtual exercises
  • Work with diverse operating systems
  • Learn important skills in five different major components of information technology
  • Computer programming
  • Learn how to create computer networks in virtual labs and in the cloud using software-defined networking

Who should take this course?

The course is a non-credit course open to students who want to gain foundational knowledge in cybersecurity. No previous cybersecurity education nor experience is required, however having some fundamental I.T. knowledge is helpful.

Class Start Date

Spring 2021

  • May 3, 2021 –June 11, 2021

Lecture Dates

  • TBD

Digital Badge

  • Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an MDC digital badge. The badge will allow you to showcase your cyber-defense skills to potential employers and progress your career.

Digital Badge awarded for this course:

MDC Foundations of Cybersecurity digital badge


MDC LIVE: virtually led by an instructor (not videos) with scheduled online classes. Please note, this course is not on-demand nor will it be recorded for those that miss class sessions.