The Riverside City College Cybersecurity Center is a college and community resource. The center is designed to provide access to technology and resources to assist students in pursuit of a career in cyber defense as well as to provide for staff, faculty and the community, resources on ​information security awareness and online safety for both adults and children. We are honored to have our Information Security and Cyber Defense certificate program (CE740) recognized and validated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a program that meets their rigorous criteria. This is due in part to the valuable input from our Business and Leadership Team (BILT) industry advisory members who review and have input on our programs and curriculum offered in the programs. 

Contact Us

Cybersecurity Program Lead: Skip Berry 
Please email for more information

Services and Information

The Information Security and Cyber Defense Certificate (CE740) at Riverside City College gives students the essential skills needed in the field of Computer and Information Security. The focus on Cybersecurity will provide students with the basic skills needed for an entry-level career in Cybersecurity. The courses provide an overview of the entire field. Topics covered will include Cisco Networking, Windows Operating System security, Linux security, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, security policies and procedures, web security, and building a secure computer network. This program also maps to the California Community Colleges IT Technician pathway and C-ID state approved model curriculum.
The CE740 Program of Study has been validated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. 

Our Associate of Science Degree in Cyber Defense (AS969) pathway provides students with a strong foundation needed in the field of Cyber Defense, with applicable skills in Windows and Linux operating systems security and administration, web security, ethical hacking, digital forensics, risk assessment, management, and mitigation techniques, and security policy/standards used to defend the various domains of information security to control access and reduce organizational risk. 

  • Skip Berry – Associate Professor, CIS & Program Lead, Cybersecurity Center Point of Contact (POC) 
  • Paul Conrad – Associate Professor, CIS
  • James Cregg – Associate Professor, CIS
  • Mark Lehr – Professor, CIS
  • Brandon Oertel – Associate Faculty, CIS
  • Mark Smith – Associate Faculty, CIS
This BILT is designed to garner direct input from business and industry leaders that shapes the information security and cyber defense program at Riverside City College. This is more than an advisory group. It is a leadership team that is invested in and strives to guide and grow the RCC cyber defense program. With the team's input our program will maintain current and relevant curricula and learning outcomes of our programs to meet the ever-changing employment demands.


Riverside City College is home to our Cyber Security Club and Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) Student Chapter, as well as many great committees. The clubs and organizations at RCC provide a great place to meet and converge with diverse individuals that have an interest and passion for information technology and cybersecurity.

For more information on our Cyber Security Club or WiCyS Student Chapter, visit Clubs & Organizations 


The Cyber Security Club and Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) members participate in community outreach to promote cyber awareness, as well as compete in cyber competitions throughout the year. We are proud of their continuous success and ongoing achievements, which include:

  • Top 3% teams and individual players in the National Cyber League Competition
  • 1st Place in the California Mayor’s Cyber Cup Community College Competition for two consecutive years

National Cyber League

  • Fall and Spring seasons from 2016 to 2022

SoCal Cyber Cup

  • 2021
  • 2022

Mayor Cyber Cub 

  • 1st Place in 2021 - Team "Geeked-Up"
  • 1st Place in 2022 - Team "RCC Cyber Tigers"

Professional Journals

Cybersecurity journals and articles are available using the links provided below:

CAE and CAE-CDE Institutions

Four Year National Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense.

Cybersecurity Community Resources

Providing cybersecurity resources and information to protect our community and all those around us.

Our goal is to raise cybersecurity awareness and provide resources to help you stay safe online.

For Everyone:

Safe & Secure Online | Center for Cyber Safety & Education 

For Kids:

Cybersecurity for Children | Palo Alto Networks 

For Parents:

Cyber Safety for Parents | ISC2 

For Seniors:

Cyber Safety Tips for Seniors | ISC2 

For Veterans:

VetSuccess Academy | SANS 

The Riverside City College has been awarded the National Science Foundation ATE Grant for the development of the Cyberpreneurship Certificate Program. Through this grant, RCC will focus on helping to meet a nationwide need to fill the thousands of high-wage independent technical contractor positions that businesses are seeking to hire for their cyber defense expertise. The focus of this program is to prepare cyber defense technicians with both technical and business skills. Students in this certificate program will complete coursework in cyber defense, alongside curriculum in entrepreneurship, finance and accounting, and in turn helps to increase diversity within the cyber defense workforce.

For additional information about the Cyberpreneurship Project, please visit: Cyberpreneurship website 

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