Minor in Cybersecurity

A minor in Cybersecurity prepares successful students for a professional career in the field of cybersecurity, equipping students with competencies to pass the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst Certification (CySA+). Graduating students will be prepared for cybersecurity careers managing a diverse group of employees and a wide range of operations while strategically applying their knowledge, skills, abilities and professional dispositions in the area of cybersecurity.

Program Outcome Objectives:

  • Develop a risk assessment using case studies and propose a range of mitigation techniques and tools. Prepare students to manage people more effectively in the cybersecurity industry
  • Evaluate penetration testing, vulnerability scanning, endpoint protection, social engineering vulnerabilities and assessment tools
  • Design a risk assessment as required including recommendations pertaining to both HIPAA and PCI DSS
  • Assess risks involved and defend how to secure privileged accounts
  • Evaluate regulatory compliance and evaluate HIPAA, PCI DSS and SOx
  • Compose a strategic business plan, incorporating principles from all six courses

Partnership with Ivy Tech:

Our new partnership with Ivy Tech gives their Cybersecurity students a path to a bachelor’s degree here at CCSJ.  Ivy Tech students can now transfer seamlessly to CCSJ to earn their bachelor’s degree in business, criminal justice, and more, while also achieving a cybersecurity minor.  It’s the affordable way start to your future career in the hot, high-wage field of Cybersecurity.  The partnership is being led by John Lohrentz.  He can be reached in Room 407, via telephone at (219) 473-4371, or via email at

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18 Credit hours

The following courses are required:

  • CBRS 310 Introduction to Cybersecurity and Risk Analysis
  • CBRS 350 Threat and Vulnerability Management
  • CBRS 370 Security Operations, Assessments and Compliance
  • CBRS 380 Security of Systems and Software
  • CBRS 440 Risk Mitigation, Frameworks, Strategies, Policies and Procedures
  • CBRS 470 Management and Leadership in Cybersecurity


John Lohrentz, M.S.

Program Director; Cyber Security

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