Welcome to Hennepin Technical College's CyberDefense Center

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It is important to become cyber-aware and protect you, your family, and your business against ever-growing cyber threats. The Information Technology and Cyber Defense department at HTC wants to help educate our local communities about cyber threats and how to respond. Feel free to use the resources on this page to stay current on cyber security news as well as finding resources to help protect you and your assets.

Hennepin Technical College offers an A.A.S. degree in CyberDefense which is validated by the National Security Agency (NSA). We are a RedHat Academy, a Cisco Academy, and a Palo Alto Academy and use the corresponding official curriculum. We prepare our students for the following industry certifications: CompTIA Security+, CompTIA CySA+, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker, RedHat Certified System Administrator. Other industry certifications are also available such as CompTIA Network+, CompTIA A+, and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). For more information contact Dr. Ryan Brovold.

Program Information:

Faculty Information:

  • Ryan Brovold, Ph.D., Cyber Defense Program Coordinator
  • Joan Bernard, Division Chair
  • Svetlana Gluhova, Faculty
  • Jerome Covington, Faculty
  • Abdul Daud, Faculty
  • Sam Espana Lopez, Faculty

Advisory Board Information:

The Cyber Defense program is guided by an advisory board.  The board is a mix of business leaders, students, faculty, and other college leaders and meets semi-annually. Program and curriculum updates are the focus of the board's work. Members of industry share current trends, new technologies, and hiring practices.  Faculty share curriculum updates and student employment readiness.  College administration shares statistics about the program (such as graduation, retention, recruiting goals) as well as overall health of the program.  Contact Dr. Brovold for more information about the advisory board.


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