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  Ohlone Cyber Defense Center   

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Welcome to the Ohlone Cyber Defense Center.  The mission of this center is to provide cyber defense-related resources and education programs in Information security to students, staff, and the community to ensure we remain safe and secure online.


Ohlone College is the first community college in Northern California approved as NSA National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (NSA CAE-CD).  Click HERE for more information on NSA CAE-CD.   

Ohlone Cyber Defense Center works to achieve its mission through:


  • Education, training and awareness programs in cyber security.

  • Outreach to other colleges and K-12 schools to work together to increase the number of trained professionals in the cyber defense industry.

  • Working with our industry partners in curriculum development to ensure that our courses and programs are providing the right skills needed to be successful in the industry.   


Our teaching philosophy is “learning by doing,” where students are taught by industry professionals and are given the opportunities to apply their academic studies to generate real-world solutions. In the classroom, our faculty, the majority of whom have deep backgrounds with Silicon Valley technology companies, share their real skills, experiences, and knowledge. Meanwhile, our advisory board consists of industry leaders to ensure that our programs are up-to-date with cutting-edge industry trends.


Program Information

We prepare and offer a variety of degrees and certificates: Cybersecurity, Network Administrator, System Administration, Cisco Certified Network Associate and Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator.


Ohlone College is a Cisco Network Academy, VMware Authorized Academy, Palo Alto Network Academy, CompTIA Academy, and Microsoft IT Academy.  Ohlone Faculty members and industry Advisory Board members play an important role in helping us establish the program as a center of excellence in educating the next generation of cybersecurity leaders.  


For more information on good cybersecurity practices:



For questions about the Ohlone Cyber Defense Center or the Cyber Security program, contact:

CAE POC, Ron Sha, Head of Ohlone’s NSA CAE Cybersecurity Program and CNET Department, Professor of Computer Science and CNET


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