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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).

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 hands-on experience with current tools and techniques, all guided by faculty with experience in the field.

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Faculty and Staff

Academic Chair

Angelo Thalassinidis, Ph.D.
Interim Chair
Assistant Dean

Full-time Faculty

Assistant Professor Bryan Deehring
CALT 266

Professor Carrie Leary
CALT 338

Associate Professor Joseph "Max" McQuighan
CALT 348

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

Instructional Coordinator

Office Staff

Siamak Salmasi, office manager
CALT 234

Resources for Students

Open Lab

Assistance is available for current technology students in the Open Lab located in CALT 204. Please review the schedule posted in the doorway to see the current hours of operation.

Cyber Defense Club

This club meets to discuss topics in cybersecurity and practice their 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.

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 (GPA) established by the International Executive Committee (IEC).

Learn more about the ­HTCIA.

Email the ­AACC Student Chapter of HTCIA at

Computer Science Club

In this club students have an opportunity to enhance their computer science knowledge and skills, while having fun and experimenting with current and emerging technologies. Technical demonstrations, hands-on experiences and guest speaker events are a few of the activities that this club will offer. Raspberry Pi and Arduino units are just a couple of examples of the technology that our club is currently exploring. This club is supported by the Computer Science Department faculty. 

Learn more about the Computer Science Club in the Nest.


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 you complete your 4-year degree? NSA has a co-op program for students majoring in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or cybersecurity. In this program, you alternate between a semester of work at NSA with full pay and a semester of college. Applicants must be full time students and either second semester freshmen or sophomores. For a complete list of internships and co-op opportunities at NSA, Defense Intelligence Agency, and National Geospatial-Intel Agency, please visit U.S. Intelligence Careers.

For more information about Technology internships or the NSA co-op, contact Angelo Thalassinidis, Ph.D, assistant dean at

Job Search Assistance

Current Technology students can seek job search assistance, including resume writing and interview preparation by contacting Angelo Thalassinidis, Ph.D, assistant dean at


Bogged down with your math requirements? STEM Core at AACC is a program designed to grow the number of students interested in STEM-related careers while accelerating through your math requirements.

Learn more about the STEM Core program.

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!

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