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Are you a creative problem solver? Do people say you think outside the box? Do you enjoy working with computers and understanding how networks function? Are you a thrill seeker or someone who doesn't back down from a challenge? Do you display a detective-like thought processes that enables you to analyze how to do and use things differently than intended. Do you possess a good sense of right and wrong and want to help serve and protect others? If so, you have the qualities of a good cybersecurity specialist.


Cybersecurity refers to the preventative methods used to protect digital information from being stolen, compromised or attacked. Cybersecurity is the hottest area in technology right now - growing twice as quickly as other IT jobs. As cybersecurity attacks become more prevalent, the need for trained and certified workers in this industry will continue to rise. 


  • There are 10 million cyber attacks per day costing $100 billion
  • 400,000 cyber positions are available in the United States
  • 20,000 of those cyber positions are in Maryland
  • Experts predict there will be a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by 2019
  • Allegany College of Maryland is part of Cyber Pathways across Maryland 

Industry certifications are critical, ACM prepares you for the following:
  • CompTIA Security+
    Approved certification by U.S. Dept. of Defense and is the entry-level certification in Cybersecurity.
  • CompTIA A+
    Vendor-neutral, industry-recognized certification held by over one million IT professionals.
  • Cisco CCENT
    Validates the skills required for entry-level network support and security positions. CCENT is your first step toward CCNA certification.

Programs and courses are designed to provide rigorous, hands-on, academic training through a combination of both classroom and on-line instruction. Take a course to prepare for certification or continue on with our One-year Cybersecurity certificate, Two-Year Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science options!

CPAM - Cyber Pathways across Maryland 

Allegany College is a part of Cyber Pathways Across Maryland (CPAM) - a statewide career pathway for workers of all educational and skill levels. It links employers across Maryland/DC to students(including local partners IBM & Willetts Systems) and provides virtual internship opportunities.

IBM New Collar Jobs 

ACM was selected by IBM as 1 of sixteen community colleges nationally to partner for New Collar careers. IBM will work with ACM on curricula design, as well as offer students the opportunity to participate in internships and apprenticeships within the company, and hire graduates for IBM careers. 




Course Info

Cybersecurity program students learn business ethics, problem-solving ability, verbal and written communication skills, experience with a wide range of computer systems and security tools, flexibility and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced atmosphere, as well as dependability and integrity, networking and hardware skills. (Graduates may have to pass background checks and obtain security clearances for employment.)  

Click the link below to view a full listing of program courses and their descriptions in the credit catalog.

Career Program

Computer Technology – AOC  Cybersecurity

Transfer Program
Computer Science / Cybersecurity / Information Systems

Certificate Program

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Career Info

Cybersecurity jobs are among the fastest growing according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For grads with the right skill set, many on-site and telecommuting career positions are available.

  • Security Engineer
  • Security Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Security Engineer
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Information Security Manager
  • Information Assurance Engineer
  • Senior IT Auditor
  • Security Administrator

Maryland is the Epicenter for innovation in Cybersecurity. There are close to 20,000 open cybersecurity jobs available in more than 1,800 cybersecurity companies in Maryland with:

  • 50 Federal Agencies
  • National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
  • 12 Major Military Installations
  • Defense Information Systems Agency
  • Home to the U.S. Cyber Command
  • National Security Agency and NIST

For entry-level positions in targeted occupations, median earnings average $25.43/hour in Maryland. The average salary for all IT job postings was $77,642, while the average salary for a cybersecurity posting was $93,028.

*Some careers may require a bachelor's degree, further education or additional training.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.


Faculty/Staff Info

Richard Soderman,  CEH, Security+,  Assistant Professor


B.S,. University of Rochester, NY

M.S., University of Vermont

Jerry Hoover,  CISSP, Security+,   Instructor


B.S,. Park University

M.S., University of Phoenix

Derek Jones, Associate Professor

814-652-9528 x6231

B.S., Secondary Education (Mathmatics)

M.S., Computers in Education

Ph.D., Communications Media and Instructional Technology

Student Testimonial
  • David Pierre Class of 2017


    CLASS of '17


    I’ve always loved computers, but it wasn’t until I learned about the cybersecurity program that I decided to make my passion my career. Allegany College of Maryland gives people like me the opportunity to be a frontline protector against harmful internet attacks. I knew pursuing a degree in cybersecurity was the right decision for my future and my family.

    I’m currently employed, so flexible class schedules, online courses, and proximity to campus were priorities for me when choosing a school. With ACM, I can take online classes, which allow me to complete my course assignments while continuing to work and support my family.

    Living in Cumberland, I’m a short drive from the Cumberland campus so I can meet my professors and advisor in person when needed. There have been many times where an in-person meeting, rather than emailing back and forth, helped me to understand my courses better. With my professors’ expert knowledge and help outside of class, I now understand complex aspects of cybersecurity.

    During my time here, my desire to protect our country from harmful internet attacks has strengthened through my course work. My professors have done an excellent job of teaching me how to identify and handle potential attacks. The cybersecurity program was created by IT professionals from top companies like IBM, so the program is always up-to-date with the latest trends in cyber attacks and prevention methods. Knowing that I’m always receiving relevant and useful information gives me the confidence that my professors are preparing me to be a valuable defender of online viruses and attacks.

    The level of knowledge, the clear lines of communication, flexibility in course schedules, and the ability to achieve the degree in one or two years made enrolling at ACM one of the best decisions of my life. After graduation, I‘m looking forward to applying my new skills learned through my courses and honed during my internship. I highly recommend ACM to anyone seeking a job in the cybersecurity industry.

    Visit or call 301-784-5326 to learn more about Allegany College of Maryland’s cybersecurity program.


  • Glenn Holt Class of 2017


    CLASS of '17


    Before enrolling at Allegany College of Maryland, I spent most of my adult life in the military and working in the trade industry. After devoting several years to my trade, I was unexpectedly laid off. This was a devastating and emotional time for my family and me. Anyone who has been laid off knows the hardships this presents, which is why I was fortunate to learn about the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers program (TAA).

    TAA provides education funding to recently laid-off workers; the program gave me the unique opportunity to reimagine what I wanted to do professionally. I realized after years of working with computers in the military that I had a passion for technology. Now, I wanted to serve my country in a new way—I wanted to protect America from cyber threats.

    ACM was the closest school to where I live that offered a cybersecurity program, but more than that, I felt it would also be the best place for me. I was nervous to go back to school after being out for so many years, but ACM has been very accommodating and helpful.

    The ability to talk with my advisor or a professor whenever I needed has helped me to succeed in my courses. While the online courses are helpful when you have a busy schedule, the in-classroom experience has been a big factor in my success in this program.

    I’ve also developed a strong connection with IBM, which not only serves as an advisor to the cybersecurity program but also recruits heavily from within the program. I’m excited to graduate later this year and eager to learn how I can transform my military training and academic studies into a rewarding and highpaying career with the company.

    My ACM experience has given me the knowledge to be competitive and the confidence to be successful. For anyone interested in pursuing a cybersecurity degree, I highly recommend a visit to ACM. Enrolling in the cybersecurity program has been one of the best decisions of my life.

    Visit or call 301-784-5326 to learn more about Allegany College of Maryland’s cybersecurity program.


  • Logan Brallier Class of 2017


    CLASS of '17


    During my second and final year of the Technical Support program at Allegany College of Maryland, I decided to pursue another degree. I learned about the Cyber Security program and how in-demand it is through my professors. After speaking with them, I realized that not only is it a natural complement to the program I was enrolled in, but it was also a way for me to make an impact in people’s lives by being a frontline protector in the digital world.

    Pursuing a college degree at ACM was an easy decision for me. With ACM’s Bedford campus right down the road from me, the affordability of the school, the flexibility of one- and two-year programs, and its small, hands-on learning environment, I knew that I would graduate with the education and experience that I wanted.

    I loved the flexibility of ACM’s courses. While I liked the fact that online courses leave time for working or other activities, I realized that I learn best in a hands-on, in-person environment.

    Professors like Richard Soderman and Bob Elbin were extremely influential to me. They took the time before or after class to help me, and they also made themselves available after hours when needed.

    I’ll never forget when my professor and advisor, Richard Soderman, took the time to help me during my Security+ course. I was getting frustrated that I wasn’t quite getting it and I reached out to him for help. His patience and expertise helped me to see the topic from a different perspective and feel confident that I can excel in this course.

    ACM has empowered me to pursue a career that will not only make me feel like I’m making a difference but also put me in a position to make a comfortable living with the opportunity to advance quickly.

    In my opinion, it’s dedication like this that makes ACM the best school to achieve a degree in Cyber Security. I am so thankful for my time at ACM and the numerous resources it has given me, from interview preparation to financial help.

    Visit or call 301-784-5326 to learn more about Allegany College of Maryland’s cybersecurity program.


  • Troy Shaffer Class of 2017


    CLASS of '17


    After I enrolled at Allegany College of Maryland in the fall of 2015 for computer programming, ACM began offering cybersecurity courses. I was not planning on switching my major, but after learning about the high demand for cybersecurity professionals and the increase in harmful online attacks, I realized that the cybersecurity program would lead me down a rewarding and meaningful career path. I served in the military prior to enrolling at ACM, and this program would allow me to continue to serve my country by being the front-line of defense against cyber attacks.

    Living in Bedford, Pa., with the Everett campus only 15 minutes away was one of the main reasons I chose the school. I like that I can drive to class, but I also enjoy the flexibility of having both online and in-class courses. I’m able to focus on my courses online before and after work so I can continue to make a living and complete assignments at the same time.

    I also enjoy the in-class environment because I learn better when I’m faceto- face with my professors and classmates. The in-person meetings with my professors helped me to understand the topics completely.

    After meeting my professors, I quickly realized ACM was the place for me. Their incredible knowledge and one-on-one help allowed me to grow each semester. ACM does an excellent job of preparing students for a future in cybersecurity because the program was created and is maintained by top IT professionals in the industry.

    I can’t thank all of my professors enough, especially Dick Soderman for the face-to-face time outside of class and Kristi Smith for connecting me with IBM for my internship. The confidence and knowledge I’ve gained from them, and the rest of my professors, helped me to secure a full-time job with IBM after I graduate. I was so impressed with ACM that I even recommended the college to my younger sister, who is now in the nursing program. I encourage anyone interested in a cybersecurity degree to visit ACM.

    Visit or call 301-784-5326 to learn more about Allegany College of Maryland’s cybersecurity program.



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