Saddleback College Cybersecurity Center

Director: Professor Jeffery Barnett, PhD.

Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) Program Goal

The goal of the CAE Cyber Defense program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise.

The program helps students to proactively increase their understanding of robust cyber defense technology, policy, and practices to work collaboratively as professionals to enable our Nation to effectively prevent and respond to a catastrophic cyber event. This program will contribute significantly to the advancement of state-of-the-art cybersecurity knowledge and practices.

CAE-CD Program Vision

The vision for Saddleback College's CAE-CD program is to:

  • Provide a program that is committed to excellence in the field of Cyber Defense education.
  • Strengthen the cybersecurity workforce by providing Cyber Defense education through certifications and an Associate of Science degree program.
  • Build an effective education pathway model with K-12 schools to encourage students at an early age to enter cybersecurity fields of study.
  • Provide the Nation with a pipeline of qualified students poised to become the future skilled technical workforce.
  • Continuously improve the quality of its Cyber Defense education program, curriculum, faculty, students, and other institutions.


Program of Study (POS) Cycle Access to Application Application Due Pre-Submission Review (PSR) Feedback Deadline Final Submission
POS Cycle 10 4/15/2022 6/15/2022 6/30/2022 7/15/2022


Degrees and Certificates

Cybersecurity consists of information security knowledge and skills along with some vendor-specific and vendor-neutral certificates. Saddleback College provides students with the opportunities to earn a transfer AS-option 1 degree, but also industry specific certifications.

AS Degrees

Certificates of Achievement


The following is a list of Saddleback's Networking/Security Program faculty and their specializations.

Name Role Specialization
Jeffery Barnett Program Director / Professor Cybersecurity / Ethical Hacking
Karla Soler Associate Professor Cybersecurity / Forensics
Steve Linthicum Associate Professor Cybersecurity / Digital Forensics
Steve Korper Professor Computer Information Management



Professional Journals

Cybersecurity journals and articles are available through the Saddleback Digital Library  at no charge. Just follow the login instructions on the Online Library link on the home page. Lists of Professional Journals may be obtained at either the online Cybersecurity Center or the Cybersecurity Center. Professional Journals available at the Online Library include:

CAE and CAE-CDE Institutions

Four Year National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense education:

Cybersecurity Community Resources

Cyber Competitions

In addition to mentoring for CyberPatriot competitions, Saddleback College students participate in a variety of cyber competitions to sharpen their hands-on skills in cybersecurity. Competitions include the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) and National Cyber League (NCL).


Tom DeDonno, Department Chair of Computer Information Management
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Professor Larry Perez, Department Chair of Computer Science
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Dr. Jeffery Barnett, Program Director – Cyber Operations
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