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

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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.


View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog.

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Herkimer College offers a quality and affordable educational experience.

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Career opportunities await

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.

Transfer Agreements

Please review 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 *.

Online Learning

The Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics A.S. program may also be completed entirely online through our Internet Academy. We offer the same level of care and service to online students as we do to on-campus students. All necessary services are accessible online, including registration, placement testing, bill payment, tutoring, book purchasing, and academic advisement.

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.

Gaines credits his experience at Herkimer with providing “a large basis of knowledge in a variety of applicable fields.”

"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."