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Recognized by the NSA and DHS since 2014
Redesignated: April 2019


Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education


Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education

Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE)

Coastline College Cybersecurity Center

Director: Professor Tobi West, CISSP, GCFE

CAE-CDE Program Goal

The goal of the CAE Cyber Defense Education 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 information assurance and cyber defense (IA/CD) 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 IA/CD knowledge and practices.

Coast Community College District Information Assurance Plan


Professor Tobi West, CISSP, GCFE CIS/CST/DGA Department Chair
Cybersecurity Center Director
Coastline College

Dr. Nancy Jones Dean of Career and Technical Education
Coastline College


The vision for Coastline College’s CAE-CDE 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.

Degrees and Certificates

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

Computer Networking Degrees and Certificates

Certificate Types and Requirements

Certificate Type Unit Requirement
AS Degree 60 units
Certificates of Specialization Under 12 Units
Certificates of Accomplishment 12 Units and over
Certificates of Achievement 18 Units and over

AS Degrees

Certificates of Accomplishment

Certificates of Specialization

Available Soon - Pending Approval


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

Networking / Security Program Faculty

Name Role Specialization
Dr. Nancy Jones Dean Network Security / Microsoft MCSE
Michael Warner Department ChairNetwork Security / Cisco
Tobi West, CISSP, GCFE Department ChairCybersecurity
Hannah Bai Faculty Virtualization / Microsoft MCSE
Dr. Brandon Brown FacultyNetwork Security / Cisco
Stefan Bund FacultyProgramming / Scripting
Eric Chen Faculty Network Security / Virtulization
Linda Dewberry FacultyDatabase
Donald Isbell FacultyComputer Hardware
Jeff Kerr FacultyComputer Hardware
Zubin Khambatta FacultyLinux OS
Bob Konefsky FacultyCisco
Edward Lui Faculty Network Security / Cisco
Thomas Salazar FacultyCisco
Ron Schenkelberg FacultyCisco
Allen Stubblefield FacultyCybersecurity


Professional Journals

Cybersecurity journals and articles are available through the Coastline Online 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 located in the lobby or Transfer Center at the Garden Grove Center. Professional Journals available at the Online Library include:

CAE and CAE-CDE Institutions

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

Cybersecurity Community Resources

Job Opportunities

Cyber Security Careers

Cyber security careers are complex and many roles can be found with banks, retailers and government organizations. Find Degree Programs Now.

Cyber Competitions

In addition to mentoring for CyberPatriot competitions, Coastline 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).

Department of Homland Security
National Security Agency


Cyberwatch West
Red Hat
Cisco Academy
Comp T I A

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