LFCC designated as leader in cyber defense

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has announced Lord Fairfax Community College’s designation as a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense.

Leslie Kelley, communications specialist for LFCC,  said “The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security designated LFCC as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense because we proved our efficiency in 11 different Knowledge Unit requirements and we’ve shown our effectiveness in community outreach and educational pathways.”

LFCC is one of only two community college’s in Virginia with this designation.

According to a news release, “Based upon a list of knowledge, skills and abilities provided by NSA/DHS, LFCC had to demonstrate significant contributions in the areas of cybersecurity education, outreach, and knowledge to earn the designation.”

Kelley said LFCC teaches a variety of cyber defense courses in its Career Studies Certificate in Cyber Security program, which includes:

  • Network security basics
  • Network attacks, computer crime and hacking
  • Security communication, security and authentication
  • Internet/intranet firewalls and e-commerce security
  • Network security layers
  • Legal topics in network security

“Presently we have 80 students enrolled in the Cybersecurity Studies Certificate program and anticipate more of a demand in the future,” Kelley said.

“Expansion could always be on the horizon in this field of study,” Kelley added.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com