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By reading this, you’re likely using a device and accessing data needing care and protection. Would you like to learn how to prevent and detect threats and vulnerabilities, and how to respond to the ones that slip through the cracks?

AACC’s Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics programs teach students about threats and vulnerabilities, prevention, detection, response and security management surrounding information technology.  Both seasoned information technology students and newcomers to the field can get started through AACC’s Department of Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics.

AACC holds the reputation of being the first community college in the country to be certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Defense. For more information, contact Mary Wallingsford, AACC's CAE point of contact, at

Areas and Offerings

We're proud to be recognized as a leader in cybersecurity education. As such, the department offers an associate degree with three concentrations and eight certificates. Courses, events and clubs provide students with hands-on experience using current tools and techniques, all guided by faculty with experience in the field.

Learn more about our area of study.

Faculty and Staff

Academic Chair

Associate Professor Adrian Pringle, Program Chair for Networking and Cloud
CALT 348

Associate Professor Dawn Ryan, Program Chair for Digital Forensics
CALT 256

Assistant Professor William Seabrook, Program Chair for Cybersecurity
CALT 338 

Assistant Dean Angelo Thalassinidis, Ph.D. (Interim Academic Chair)

Full-time Faculty

Assistant Professor Bryan Deehring
CALT 266

Professor Carrie Leary
CALT 338

Associate Professor Adrian Pringle
CALT 348

Associate Professor Dawn Ryan
CALT 256

Assistant Professor William Seabrook
CALT 338 

Professor Kasia Taylor
CALT 250

Associate Professor Mary Wallingsford
CALT 248

Office Staff

Siamak Salmasi, office manager
CALT 234

Resources for Students

Open Lab

Assistance is available for current technology students in the open lab in CALT 204. Be sure to review the schedule posted in the doorway for the current hours of operation.

Computer Science Club

Enhance your computer science knowledge and skills, have fun, and experiment with current and emerging technologies in the Computer Science Club. Technical demonstrations, hands-on experiences and guest speaker events are a few of the activities the club offers. Raspberry Pi and Arduino units are just a couple of examples of the technology that our club, which is supported by the Computer Science department faculty, is exploring. 

Learn more about the Computer Science Club in the Nest.

Cyber Defense Club

This club meets to discuss topics in cybersecurity and practice skills. All students are welcome! Club members also compete in regional and national cyber challenges. This club is supported by Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics department faculty.

Learn more about the Cyber Defense Club in the Nest.

Cybersafe at AACC

Cybersafe at AACC provides resources to keep you in the know about protecting your digital lives. Whether that's learning how to report a scam or how to avoid having your identity stolen, we offer events like Data Privacy Day and Cybersecurity Awareness Month to ensure you have the resources you need to remain safe online.

Learn more about Cybersafe at AACC.

High Technology Crime Investigation Association, AACC Student Chapter

High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) ­student chapters foster, promote and encourage the study of criminal investigations involving advanced technologies and security by the academic community. Membership is limited to students majoring in computer science; forensics, criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections, accounting, auditing or similar program of study with a minimum grade point average established by the International Executive Committee (IEC).

Learn more about the ­HTCIA.

Email the ­AACC Student Chapter of HTCIA.


Consider expanding your learning beyond the classroom by becoming an intern. Whether you are looking to apply learning to a career or transfer to a four-year program, internships provide valuable experience and industry contacts.

Want to get paid while completing your four-year degree? NSA has a coop program for students majoring in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science or cybersecurity. In this program, you alternate between one term working at NSA with full pay and one term in college. Applicants must be full-time students and either second term freshmen or sophomores. For a complete list of internships and coop opportunities at NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency and National Geospatial-Intel Agency, visit U.S. Intelligence Careers.

For information about technology internships or the NSA coop, contact our Internship Program Coordinator. To schedule an appointment with the Internship Coordinator, please visit:

Internships at AACC

Job Search Assistance

Current technology students can seek job search assistance, including résumé writing and interview preparation by visiting our Career and Community Services page.

Grants and Scholarships

The Cybersecurity, Networking & Digital Forensics department is excited to share the following grant and scholarship opportunities with our students.

C3P: Scholarship for Service

Are you a veteran or have you already earned a bachelor's degree? Or do you know someone who might be interested in a scholarship for learning cybersecurity? A grant recently awarded to Anne Arundel Community College by the National Science Foundation (NSF) covers tuition, book costs and an annual stipend for students interested in studying cybersecurity. The CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) grant is designed to increase and strengthen the information assurance workforce that protects the government's critical information infrastructure. A limited number of scholarships are available to AACC students, which will be offered on a competitive basis. AACC CyberCorps® scholars will complete an associate degree in cybersecurity, computer science, or other approved cybersecurity related program.

Learn more about the C3P Scholarship for Service. >>

CyberCorps Scholarship for Service

If you are interested in starting your cybersecurity career with the U.S. government, this might be the opportunity for you! Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industrial control system security professionals, and security managers to meet the needs of the cybersecurity mission for Federal, State, local, and tribal governments. This program provides scholarships for up to three years of support for cybersecurity undergraduate and graduate (MS or PhD) education. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the U.S. Government, in a position related to cybersecurity, for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.

Learn about the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service and/or view a list of participating institutions. >>

Completion Scholarship for MD Community College Graduates

University of Maryland University College offers eligible Maryland community college graduates the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree at a significantly reduced cost with the Completion Scholarship. Award recipients can complete a bachelor's degree program for $12,000 or less, well below the typical tuition cost for in-state students. If you've earned an associate's degree from a Maryland community college, you are guaranteed admission to UMUC, as long as your conferral date is listed on your transcript.

Learn about the Completion Scholarship for MD Community College Graduates. >>

Angelo Thalassinidis, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean

Available Scholarships!

Learn more about our grants and scholarships: