Register Today for Professional Development Courses in Cybersecurity

Coleman University offers a certificate program for cybersecurity professionals wanting to brush up on their skills in one or more of our three tracks: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing, Digital and Network Forensics, and Management of Information Security. Courses begin on Monday, October 17, 2016 at Coleman University. Students who successfully complete each track will receive a certificate of completion. All courses are taught in the evening on the Coleman campus.

The 40-week Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing track provides an in-depth knowledge of network and operating system security, followed by familiarization with the tools and techniques used by both ethical hackers and penetration testers towards network defense and security assessment. Courses in this include Intermediate Network Security Operating System Hardening, Advanced Network Security / Ethical Hacking, and Advanced Network Security / Penetration Testing.

In the 20-week Digital and Network Forensics track, students learn about the techniques used in data recovery for civil and corporate proceedings, along with those used in the corporate environment for investigations following network intrusions and breaches. The two courses in this track are Intermediate Network Security, and Computer and Network Forensics.

The 20-week Management of Information Security track provides the core knowledge necessary to manage an organization’s information security program, including an understanding of risk management and corporate information security governance. The two courses in this track are Management of Information Security, and Governance, Risk, and Compliance Management.

Call 858-499-0202 to find out how you can get started today.

Faculty Spotlight: William Reid

Faculty Spotlight: William Reid

Faculty Spotlight: William Reid

Bill Reid has been a part of the Coleman University community for four years. He is Program Director of the Colleges of Cybersecurity and Software Development.

Reid gained his love for teaching while in the military as an instructor in Advanced Electronics. Upon retiring from the U.S. Navy after almost 25 years, he spent thirteen years as lead contractor for mission planning support and information assurance at Naval Special Warfare Command, Coronado.

Reid is a certified Information Security Manager (CSM – 2007) and is known for his expertise in cybersecurity, software engineering, project management, and program management. He was a panel speaker at San Diego’s Cyberfest2015 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Information Systems Audits and Controls Association (ISACA – 2007). Reid is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM – 2011).

Cybersecurity Education: Focusing on the Future

By William Reid, LCDR, USN (Ret), Program Director, Cybersecurity, Coleman University

Coleman University proudly salutes the military, both current service members and veterans. As one of the Military Friendly® Schools in the U.S., we are in the top 15% nationwide that delivers the best experience for military students. At Coleman, our mission is to deliver relevant education that prepares individuals for technology-focused careers, and our programs are approved for veteran training. We are here to assist veteran students with the transition back into civilian life by helping them either update their existing skill set or provide them with the skills needed to embark on a new career.

One of the greatest workforce shortages organizations are facing today is in cybersecurity. According to a 2015 Peninsula Press analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 200,000 unfilled cybersecurity positions in the U.S., and that number is expected to grow by 53 percent through 20181. As large and small organizations invest their monetary resources and labor into protecting serious, ongoing data breaches, new threats arise on a daily basis.

To combat this workforce shortage, Coleman offers a bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity. Here, students learn how to design and build secure networks, recover data after a catastrophe, and remove malware from systems. Instructors provide in-the-field hands-on situations to enhance classroom learning. Prior to program completion, qualified students are allowed to sit for the Security+ certification, one of the many in-demand certifications sought after by employers.

Coleman proactively seeks out other stakeholders in San Diego to address common workforce concerns. Most recently, we applied for a grant from The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), whose like-minded mission is to “energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.” Through this grant, we intend to work with K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and local employers, in order to provide early opportunities for education and mentoring in cybersecurity.

Our existing partners include National University, The Preuss School UCSD, local employers, and professional organizations, such as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Inc. (ISACA). In conjunction with National University, we intend to develop a talent pipeline for students interested in pursuing both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in cybersecurity. If awarded the NICE grant, our work with The Preuss School UCSD in La Jolla, a charter middle and high school for low income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college, will include establishing mentoring and early cybersecurity awareness programs for these students. Topics will include such things as cyber-bullying and cyber-predators.

The employment outlook for cyber jobs in the area is positive. In June 2016, the Cyber Center of Excellence released the report, San Diego’s Cybersecurity Industry: An Economic Impact Analysis and Workforce Study, and noted that there is a 13% projected cyber employment growth in San Diego in the next 12 months, compared to 2% overall regional job growth2.

Coleman University is ready to help prepare veterans for a career in cybersecurity. Call us today at 858-499-0202 to schedule an appointment with one of our admissions representatives, or visit us online at

1″Demand to Fill Cybersecurity Jobs Booming – Peninsula Press.” Peninsula Press, 31 Mar. 2015. Web. 18 July 2016.
2″San Diego’s Cybersecurity Industry: An Economic Impact Analysis and Workforce Study.” SAN DIEGO’S CYBERSECURITY INDUSTRY (2016): 1-47. Cyber Center of Excellence. Web. 18 July 2016.

Why Become a Cybersecurity Major?

Despite coming into the field for the earning potential, it becomes obvious that once we start on the path to attaining our Degrees, we quickly come to realize there is much more to it than that.  Learning the OSI Model, IPv4, IPv6, Subnetting, TCP/IP protocols, different kinds of Malware, Viruses and DDoS attacks are just a few of the things we have to master!  However, going through all of that work and attaining an Associate and then a Bachelor’s will only help to open the door to a new career for students willing to do the work.

Then there are Certifications!  The A+ (901/902), Network+, and Security+ are but the stepping stones into a much larger world.  Network+, Security+, Security Certification Path (SSCP) & Security Certification Path (CISSP) & the latest CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) is the best road to take for Certifications to becoming a Computer Security Specialist.  Fortunately, Coleman covers the cost of the A+, Net+ & Sec+ Certifications.  Otherwise, we would be spending hundreds of dollars just to take the tests!

Beyond those two things are extracurricular activities that many companies look for in their employees. What are those you ask?  Great question!  Just two weeks ago, I couldn’t give you an answer! Now I can!  Did you know that Coleman University has an Electric Vehicle Club?  How about a 3D Printing Club? How about a Cyber Security Club or a university blog?  Believe it or not, they exist!  Why should you care?  Another great question!  Here is why you must care, these things are volunteer and networking opportunities just waiting to happen!  Professionals from the fields of electrical engineering, software development & numerous others are lined up to pass down their knowledge and potentially offer amazing jobs to those of us who are willing to put in a few extra hours a week to work together and build something truly special! The more you are willing to get involved and work towards bettering yourself in the field of Cybersecurity the more benefits you will reap when it’s time to graduate.

We, the students of Coleman University have a voice!  We can do more here than simply come to class, write papers, read books and take tests. We can USE the numerous skills we are learning to create opportunities!  We just need to use our voice to let the school know we are willing and able to do so.

In order to help my fellow students navigate these requirements and resources, I am starting the Cyber Security Club at Coleman. The aim of this club is to bring us together to network with each other, study for classes or certifications, disseminate activity information and to help get us involved with group projects. If you are interested, please email me. If for some reason you can’t make it to the club meetings, I am the Cybersecurity tutor at Coleman and you can come to the Tutoring Center (located in the Library) at any time Monday through Thursday for help. I am here to help in any way that I can!

Cybersecurity Club First Meeting

The all-new Cybersecurity Club at Coleman University meets this Wednesday at 4pm in the Library. This student-led club offers Network & Cybersecurity students a chance to meet others in their program and form study groups for certification and classroom tests.

From the club president:

As Network Security/Cybersecurity Students, we need a way to network with each other.  Forming study groups for taking Certification & Classroom tests, meeting professionals in the field, etc.  There is a lot out there for us right now and the world is changing everyday.  We need tools to help us keep up and one of the first places we should look at is ourselves.

Email Shawn Joseph or stop by the Center for Academic Success for more information.