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Cyber Security Scholarship Program (CSSP)

Red Rocks Community College (RRCC) is implementing a Cyber Security Scholarship Program (CSSP) to enroll academically achieving, but financially needy incoming freshmen and current students, as full-time Computer Information Systems (CIS) majors with an emphasis in Computer Security Specialist, Programming Specialist, Web Development or Networking Specialist.  The goal is to increase the numbers of individuals completing an associate of applied science degree who then enter the workforce or continue their education through transfer to a bachelor’s degree granting institution and ultimately pursue employment in the cyber security industry.

The CSSP Scholars program at RRCC was made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2013.

Red Rocks Community College CSSP Scholars 2014 program will provide up to 12 scholarships per academic year at $3,750 per semester ($7,500 per year maximum) throughout the course of the current four-year grant period.

Learn more about the Cyber Security Scholarship Program here.


“The Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program has evaluated your certification application and validated that Red Rocks Community College courseware meets all of the elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for:

  • Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, NSTISSI No. 4011
  • System Administrators (SA), CNSSI No. 4013 Entry Level”

Red Rocks Community College Cyber Security Program is recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) for certification of RRCC Cyber Security curriculum. The college is recognized for meeting the requirements of NSTISSI 4011, National Standard for information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals, and the CNSSI 4013, National Information Assurance Training Standard for System Administrators. 

Cyber Consortium

Red Rocks Community College is the Colorado subcontractor of the Cyber Security Education Consortium, a National Science Foundation ATE Regional Center of Excellence dedicated to building an information security workforce who will play a critical role in implementing the national strategy to secure cyberspace. The rigorous cyber security curricula encompasses five core areas: information assurance principles, secure electronic commerce, network security, enterprise security management, and digital forensics. These core areas cover the breadth of the discipline, including its technical, operational, and managerial dimensions, as well as legal and ethical issues.  The Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC), is a cohesive partnership of community colleges and career and technology centers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas.  In Colorado RRCC works closely with Front Range Community College, both Larimer and Westminster campuses as well as Pikes Peak Community College to develop comprehensive Cyber Security Programs.

Cyber Security at RRCC

Cyber Security Program

The Cyber Security program provides students with the skills necessary to protect computing systems and networks that have an important impact on data confidentiality, integrity and availability. Students will learn about computer network threats and the appropriate incident response, to include defenses, countermeasures and computer forensics.  The program prepares individuals to function as entry level network security specialist, and includes instruction on technologies to keep network assets secure, conducting forensic analyses, encryption techniques, and organizational security management.

Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security will have demonstrated:

  1. clarity in verbal and written communication to accurately convey technical information and to critically read and interpret technical literature;
  2. the ability to critically analyze and solve real -world security issues understanding the legal and ethical concerns;
  3. mastery in security awareness and network threats enabling graduates to critically analyze and react to new developments in their field;
  4. the ability to collect, analyze and interpret technical data collected through investigation and experimentation; and
  5. practical application of multiple operating systems, computer networks and firewalls to gain hands-on experience.

Learn more about RRCC's new Cyber Security Scholarship Program here.

View or download the Cyber Security course descriptions pdf.

View all CIS listings, including the Cyber Security AAS degree and certificate, on our online catalog.

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Red Rocks Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities. Please direct discrimination inquiries to:
Red Rocks Community College
Attention: Bill Dial
13300 W 6th Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228-1255