Cybersecurity Center

Cybersecurity Center

The CSM's Cybersecurity Center is a repository of essential resources for everyone interested in the Academic Cybersecurity activities at the college:

  • Current students will find information of events/contacts/clubs and other useful resources for their education and beyond  
  • Prospective students can look up the degree and certificate details  
  • Industry partners should start here for a glimpse on the quality and substance of our program and our graduates 
  • Academic colleagues and partners will find quick references to CSM's faculty and roles in the organization  

The CSM's Cybersecurity Center hosts both virtual resources: Netlabs, a repository of tools and training material for our cybersecurity students as well as physical cybersecurity minded labs and equipment in multiple campus locations. Our labs designed to host cybersecurity classes, cyber training events and bootcamps, student clubs, research experiments, and industry and partner led workshops.  

Our college Cybersecurity Program is a designated Center of Academic Excellence (CAE-C) by The National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, participating in multiple grant programs that offer multiple avenues of aid to improve the academic success of students. 


CSM La Plata Campus
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Cybersecurity Faculty

  • Lakisha Ferebee – Assistant Professor, Technology Department, Sec+, CCAI



We meet every 2nd and 4th Friday @ 5:00 pm  Zoom Meeting .

If you are interested in Cyber Security or Cyber Networks, this is the club for you.  We give students interested in cyber the ability to gain a deeper understanding of what cyber security is all a about. To expose students to cyber security tools and the command line interface. We solve puzzles and prepare for cyber competitions, we like to see students interested in cybersecurity come together and share cyber knowledge. After learning the tools and solving puzzle we want all club members to be ready for the workforce.

Every member of the club walks away with a Resume and ePortfolio.         

Club advisor: Professor Mitchell

Meetings: TBD

Don't let the name fool you, this is a club for ALL! As a member of WiCyS you have access to all the resources and opportunities provided by your network. From community groups to career fairs, scholarships to speaking opportunities, and much much more – check out all the benefits at the link below and see what’s waiting for you!

WiCys Website: 

Club advisor: Dr. Gale Pomper, 

Meet every 2nd and 4th Friday @ 11:30 am using Zoom  

If you are interested in TECHNOLOGY, this is the club for you.  We explore different interest: cyber, web design, cloud, document design, programming and other interest.  This club is open to all areas of technology so if you want to learn more than this is the club for you. 

Every member of the club walks away with a Resume and ePortfolio. We meet all year.

Club advisor: Professor Powell

Cybersecurity Resources

  • For more information, see Transfer Agreements.

    • Bowie State University
    • Capitol Technology University
    • Excelsior College
    • Morgan State University
    • Norte Dame of Maryland University
    • Old Dominion University
    • Potomac State College of West Virginia University 
    • Southern New Hampshire University
    • St. Mary's College of Maryland
    • Stevenson University
    • University of Maryland, Global Campus

The Technology Department provides a limited number of free vouchers to students who pass the courses below with an A or B. Student selection will be done each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). If you have successful completed a course that qualifies for a free voucher, please use the link below to complete the form for selection or scan the QR code.

Requirements: Must have an A or B in appropriate course and respective semester. If selected, you must claim your voucher within 48 hours. If not claimed by then it will be given to the next student on the selected list. For more information contact Ronda Jacobs

The following courses help students to prepare for the following certifications:


  • PCEP (Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer)
  • PCAP (Certified Associate in Python Programming)

ITS-1050 Computing Essentials 

  • Testout PC Pro
  • CompTIA A+ 

ITS-1960 Introduction to Linux

  • Testout Linux Pro
  • CompTIA Linux 

ITS-2090 Computer Security

  • Testout Security Pro
  • CompTIA Security+

ITS-2185 Installing and Configuring Microsoft Client

  • Testout Client Pro

ITS-2190 Microsoft Window Server Administration 

  • Testout Server Pro
  • CompTIA Server+

ITS-2400 Introduction to Cloud Computing

  • AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification

ITS-2410 Cloud Infrastructure and Services

  • AWS Solutions Architect Certification

ITS-2500 Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing

  • Testout Ethical Hacking Pro
  • CompTIA Ethical Hacking Certification

ITS-2527 Enterprise Networking 

  • CompTIA Network +
  • CCNA

  • National Cyber League (NCL)
    • The National Cyber League (NCL) is the most inclusive, performance-based, learning-centered collegiate cybersecurity competition today!
    • The NCL, powered by Cyber Skyline, enables students to prepare and test themselves against practical cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce, such as identifying hackers from forensic data, pen testing and auditing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks, and much more!
    • Open to U.S. high school and college students, the NCL is a community and virtual training ground that allow students to develop and demonstrate their technical cybersecurity skills, helping students bridge the gap from curriculum to career!
    • This a beginner level competition open to students grades 8 -12 and college undergraduates looking to get an introduction to the world of cybersecurity.
      Using our online CTF platform, students from all over will compete for top prize. So, get your team together and get ready to rumble!

  • Microsoft Azure:
    • Students taking ITS credit courses within the Business, Technology, and Public Service Division are entitled to receive certain Microsoft software free of charge. This does not include Microsoft Office which is included in your Office 365 account with the college. Go to to find out the details of this program. Please carefully follow the instructions on that page for registering. If you have followed the instructions and still have difficulty, then contact your instructor.
  • Virtual Box (
    • VirtualBox is a virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. It is a feature rich, high-performance product for enterprise customers, and the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
    • Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh, and Solaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4, 2.6, 3.x and 4.x), Solaris and OpenSolaris, OS/2, and OpenBSD.
    • VirtualBox is being actively developed with frequent releases. VirtualBox is a community effort backed by a dedicated company: everyone is encouraged to contribute while Oracle ensures the product always meets professional quality criteria.
  • VMware
    • VMware is free for Technology Department students. You must contact your professor to receive an educational code good for one year.

Coming soon

  • Work
    • Utilize resources to complete assignments, access technology tutors for additional help and on-site lab assistants to help with technical issues.
  • Learn
    • Participate in demo workshops, utilize self-paced labs, or study up on the ever-changing skills and techniques of cybersecurity.
  • Play
    • Utilize the lab to experiment and explore your cybersecurity skills in a cyber safe environment. Create apps, VR content, hacking gaming systems, and more.
  • Location/Room/Hours (Spring II)
    • La Plata (Rooms ST 160 and ST 159): M/T/W 11:00 – 4:00 (when class not in progress)
    • Leonardtown: M/T/W 11:00 – 5:00

Summer STEM Tri County Job/Career Fair

  • Download instructions (.pdf)
  • Virtual Machine Instructions
    • Pick an operating system that you want to run as a virtual machine. Some useful downloads are in the links below. (You can either install a Kali Linux VM for cybersecurity purposes or a Ubuntu machine for general Linux command line purposes. Note that Ubuntu may need 2048 MB of memory nowadays to run.)
    • Instructions: Download VirtualBox ( or VMware Player (VMware Workstation 15.1.0) or, depending on the type of 'Prebuilt Kali Linux Image' of Kali downloaded.
    • If you have a ISO file, Create a New Virtual Machine, and insert the ISO CD. If you have an existing Virtual Machine, Open the existing Virtual Machine. When prompted: "Are you moving/copying this from another place?" click Yes.
  • Pick an operating system:
  • Note: Try not to run too many graphically demanding virtual machines at once. It can slow your PC down. It uses your PC's memory/RAM resources. Only run what you need to get done. To obtain the IP address, you can type 'ipconfig' in the terminal on Linux machines, or in Windows you can go to Start> cmd  or  Command Prompt > type 'ipconfig'  or   Start > Type in 'ncpa.cpl' > and double click on the interface > Local Area Connection Status > Details... > IPv4 Address.

Advisory Board

  • Aviation Systems Engineering Company
  • Booz Allen Hamilton​
  • DCS Corporation 
  • General Dynamics Information Technology 
  • Greer Consulting 
  • MIL Corporation 
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head​
  • Naval Warfare Center, Aircraft Division 
  • Peerless Technology Solutions 
  • PSI Pax​
  • Resource Management Concepts 
  • Sabre Systems ​

  • Sabre System

Why Choose CSM

CSM offers courses through nationally recognized organizations and degrees for you to pursue opportunities in today’s promising information technology field.


  • Affordable Tuition
  • Training and courses offered locally in Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s counties
  • Connections with local job opportunities
  • Secure lab for Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certification
  • Complete some IT certifications within 6 weeks
  • CSM is a Pearson VUE testing center for your IT certifications in (ISC)2, EC-Council, and CompTIA
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