Cybersecurity Fundamentals

Program Overview

The Cybersecurity Fundamentals Technical Certificate program is a complementary certificate program for the Information Security and Criminal Justice students.  This certificate program is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of Cybersecurity; allowing the student to further pursue coursework to prepare for a career in the Cybersecurity field.

Students can enter the Cybersecurity Fundamentals certificate program any semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 2 semesters.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 18 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Cybersecurity Fundamentals certificate program must be able to demonstrate good judgment, problem solving and analytical skills.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$30,000.00 – $50,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees: $2,762.00
Books & Supplies: $710.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the above programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities as entry-level Computer Forensics technicians.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher, or GED.



Course Overview

  • CIST1001Computer Concepts4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST1122Hardware Installation and Maintenance4 credit hours105 contact hours
  • CIST1601Information Security Fundamentals3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • CIST 1602Security Policies and Procedures3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • Choose one of the following:
  • CIST1401Computer Networking Fundamentals4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • CIST2451Cisco Network Fundamentals4 credit hours90 contact hours