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New cybersecurity program at NOVA’s Reston Center

To meet the need for qualified people who can proactively prevent threats to computer networks, Northern Virginia Community College will offer an associate degree in cybersecurity at the Reston Center starting in fall 2015.

Students will benefit from a new cyberlab with specialized software that was installed at the Reston Center specifically for the cybersecurity program. The lab’s computer system is a closed network so students can practice safe hacking to learn how criminals think and work.

NOVA’s cybersecurity associate degree prepares students for careers as cybersecurity technicians or analysts. Graduates can find immediate employment or transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree through NOVA’s articulation agreements with several four-year universities.

Network specialists who want to add cybersecurity expertise might be interested in a shorter career studies certificate that can be completed in two semesters. Courses cover network security basics, network attacks, computer crime and hacking, and more.

NOVA has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security which means NOVA has met rigorous NSA and DHS standards for cybersecurity education such as employing faculty who hold recognized industry certifications.

The Reston Center, part of NOVA’s Loudoun Campus, is conveniently located near Metro’s Silver Line. Cybersecurity is also offered at NOVA campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Manassas and Woodbridge. The fall semester starts Aug. 24 and students must register by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 23 for the 16-week semester or the first eight-week session. To learn more, call 703-323-3000 or www.nvcc.edu.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.