Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics A.S.
Join the first line of defense in network protection.
Cybersecurity professionals are the first line of defense in protecting the cyber network in fields such as banking and finance, transportation, petrochemical industry, law enforcement and defense communications, government, and homeland security. You’ll take a combination of criminal justice and computer technology courses to help develop the skills needed to work in the field. Computer literacy is required for entry into the program.
Cybersecurity is a growing, emerging career field, and there’s an ever increasing need for skilled professionals. A bachelor’s degree is expected in most entry-level positions, which start between $42,780 and $69,760 a year.
As a graduate of this program, you'll:
- Understand criminal justice, information security, cyber intelligence, and computer forensics
- Use critical thinking skills and creative problem solving
- Use proactive approaches to investigate, apprehend, or deter cybercriminals
The Cybersecurity program at Herkimer College is certified by the Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE) Program. This certification recognizes that Herkimer College’s courses have met all elements of the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) National Training Standards for Information Systems Security Professionals and Senior Systems Managers. The IACE Program provides consistency in training and education for information assurance skills. CNSS is a United States intergovernmental organization that sets policy for the security of the U.S. security systems, and is chaired by the U.S. Department of Defense.
"The Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics program is different than other community college programs because we really focus on the criminal justice aspect of cybersecurity. Our focus is on computer forensics and solving incidents/crimes after they occur. The cyber courses are 95 percent hands-on and give students access to real-world tools that they'll use in the field. We also do mock testimony in order to prepare students to be excellent professionals. [...] Prior to becoming a college professor, I spent eight years working in federal background investigations, which gives me a unique perspective on information security. I have many stories and examples that I share with my students as a result of the work I did and how these investigations fit into the broader world of information security."
-- April Harris, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Cybersecurity
Read her full Q&A
Herkimer College Cybersecurity graduate Jon Gaines is a Security Consultant for Leet Cyber Security in Albany, NY. As a Security Consultant, his duties include performing various types of penetration tests, ethical hacking and phishing campaigns.
Leet Cyber Security is hired to hack large organizations to expose security flaws in sectors such as government, software development, healthcare and more. “We get to do what the bad guys do, legally,” Gaines says.
Gaines credits his experience at Herkimer with providing “a large basis of knowledge in a variety of applicable fields.”
View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog: Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics A.S.
Below is a list of transfer agreements we have established (for our Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics A.S. Program) with four-year colleges & universities to provide a seamless transfer of credits.
Programs also offered online are denoted by asterisk.*
- Charter Oak State College *
- Excelsior College *
- SUNY Buffalo State
- SUNY Canton
- SUNY College of Technology at Delhi
- Utica College
Along with the increase in more complex information systems in all areas of government and the private sector, and with the rise in terrorism-related security activity, comes the increased need for Cybersecurity professionals. A bachelor’s degree is expected in most entry-level positions. Entry-level salaries are between $42,780 and $69,760.