BCC offering new Intro to Cybersecurity Workshop

Five-week workshop is a self-paced online program

Berkshire Community College (BCC) is excited to announce that its Workforce Development program is launching a Cybersecurity non-credit workshop beginning on March 29, 2021.

This five-week (15 hour) workshop is a self-paced online program split into four topics that will take one week each to complete. The topics are: need for cybersecurity; cyber-attacks, concepts, and techniques; protecting your data; and protecting the organization.

The final week will be an hour long online presentation with a quest speaker and then Q&A to follow on futures in cybersecurity.

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Cyber Security Workshop begin March 29, 2021

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After the workshop participants will receive a certificate of completion and a Cisco Networking Academy Introduction to Cybersecurity Badge. The program costs $200 and registration is available at

Cybersecurity encompasses everything that pertains to protecting sensitive data, personally identifiable information, protected health information, intellectual property, and governmental and industry information systems from theft and damage attempted by criminals and adversaries. In the U.S. and around the world, Cybersecurity risk is increasing, and the risk that an organization suffers from a successful cyber-attack or data breach continues to climb. Cybersecurity professional can gain access to high paying, lucrative job opportunities and are in high demand regionally and beyond.

Students taking this online workshop will need consistent access to a decent high-speed internet connection and a computer.

The BCC Division of Business & Outreach launched three new Workforce Development programs – Hospitality, Healthcare, and Advanced Manufacturing – in collaboration with the 1Berkshire Berkshire Blueprint 2.0. Paul Mattingly, Director of Workforce Development: Advanced Manufacturing, helps launch this Cybersecurity workshop, which will be taught by John Osthoff, BCC Professor of Computer Information Systems/CCNA Certification.

For more information, or to register for this cybersecurity workshop, head to or contact Paul Mattingly, Director of Workforce Development: Advanced Manufacturing at