Department of Homeland Security


The County College of Morris has been a local and national leader in Information Security education for over two decades.

In January 2017 we became designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y). We were the first community college in New Jersey to receive this designation.

Our faculty is recognized nationally as expert educators, and has been leaders in setting the direction of our nation’s information security curriculum. The CCM Department of Information Technologies established the CCM Center for Cyber Security to further the mission of educating our future cyber security professionals, increasing awareness for students in other disciplines, and in preparing our greater community to be better cyber citizens.

Cyber Security Curriculum

Cyber Security Certificate Sample


Since 2003, County College of Morris has been a certifying institution for the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security in the National Initiative for Education.

The fifteen-credit CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT is awarded to students in recognition of satisfactory completion of the Information Security Certificate Program.

This program is mapped to the NSA/DHS CAE 2 YR KU Standards.


Three required courses:

CMP 120 – Foundations of Information Security 3
CMP 124 – Network Security 3
CMP 125 – Management of Information and Systems Security 3

Restricted Electives (6 Cr)

Introduction to Criminology 3
Criminal Justice System 3
Software Engineering 3
Computer Science I 3
Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense 3
Ethics 3
Routing I 3
Routing II 3
Digital Forensics I 3
Digital Forensics II 3
Special Topics in Information Technologies 3






CMP 120: Foundations of Information Security

This course provides a principled introduction to the field of information security. History, characteristics and models of information and computer security are explored. Topics such as risk management, logical and physical security, continuity, cryptography, and architecture are discussed. The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Knowledge Units and the CISSP CBK Domains are incorporated into the course content affording the student reinforcement and mastery of information security terminology and concepts.

CMP 124: Network Security

This course provides an in-depth study of network attack techniques and methods to defend against them. Areas of study include communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, and operational and organizational security as it relates to network hardware, software and data. Topics include authentication, attacks, virtual private networks, email protection, web security, wireless, firewalls, intrusion detection, cryptography, disaster recovery and computer forensics regarding networked systems. Using a hands-on approach, powerful tools to diagnose and correct security breaches are investigated and manipulated. This course is mapped to the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Knowledge Units and vendor-neutral certification exam.

CMP 125: Management of Information and Systems Security

This course entails identifying an organization’s information assets and the development, documentation and implementation of policies, standards, procedures and guidelines that ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of those assets. This course, which is mapped to the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Knowledge Units, prepares students to understand the planning, organization and roles of individuals involved in security, to develop security policies, and to utilize management tools to identify threats, classify assets and rate vulnerabilities. A detailed, real-world security plan is developed using customized strategies.

Cybersecurity Certificate

CCM was the first community college in New Jersey to be designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y).

Read more here.

Institutional Security Resources and Awareness

Use of Information Technology Policy
Identity Theft Prevention Program
Data Security Policy
FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 1974
Personal Information Security Breach Notification Procedure
Identity Theft/Breach of Personal Information Reporting Form
Social Security Number Access Request Form (procedure under development)

Training Resources

Identity Theft Prevention Training Module (Detecting, Preventing, and Mitigating Identity Theft)

Measures for Identity Theft Prevention

CCM’s Information Security Program Update – Summer 2018

Sensitive Data Protection Best Practices


Additional Resources

Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (GLBA) Website:

Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Red Flags Rule Website:

New Jersey Identity Theft Act

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Privacy and Data Security:

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) FTC Red Flags Rule:

SANS Security Awareness Newsletter (Ouch!)

Identity Theft Resource Center: Identity theft victim assistance, consumer information & data breaches. Federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.

Cybersecurity Activities

CSIP newsletter:
NetLabs+ : See your instructor for access to these hands-on labs
Cybersecurity Club: Contact Professor Al Elbanna or Professor Colleen Carmeli

Cyber Security and Information Protection - CSIP

Share Time CSIP program

CSIP stands for Cyber Security & Information Protection.

Morris County Vocational School District & County College of Morris has established a share time program with 11th and 12th grade students.

The students divide their day between CCM and their home district for the last two years of high school.

The students will earn the Information Security Certificate when they complete this program and more than 50% of our Information Technology AAS degree program.


POC, Cyber Faculty and Advisory Board

POC: Colleen Bamford
Full-Time Faculty: Dawn Rywalt and Al Elbanna
Adjunct Faculty: Hailey Lopez, Craig Shrader, Hart Coven, Ricardo Ataide, Igor Nachevnik

IT Advisory Board

The IT Advisory Board consists of professionals in the Cyber Security and Information Technology field from various companies. The Advisory Board meets twice a year in the Fall and Spring semesters to discuss ways to strength the Cyber Defense program and to review the current course content. The board provides insight on current trends and reviews the curriculum for strengths and weaknesses. The board members are given updates on recent graduates and their current employment status.

If you would like to know who the current members are, please email us at