ABOUT US

Introducing the CISE Security Program at Merritt College

Our program offers a uniquely hands-on education that prepares our students for any and all information security concerns.

The Consortium of Information Systems Executives (CISE) Education Fund and Merritt College created the Security Program to address the growing cybersecurity needs of many organizations.

Security professionals, from over thirty Bay Area companies, designed the program to accurately fulfill the needs of modern security teams. Their dedication to improved cybersecurity training led to the creation of the only accredited two-year security program in California. With the support of the CISE Education Fund charity group and the facilities of Merritt College in Oakland, the Security Program is helping to create new career opportunities and advance cybersecurity education.

Applicable Curriculum

2 YEARS

Infrastructure Security

The Infrastructure track provides a thorough education in managing and optimizing security infrastructure both in the cloud and on-premise. Students learn to design and manage secure systems to ensure that critical assets of the organization are protected.

2 YEARS

Applications Security

The Applications track teaches students to design, develop, and manage secure software and services. Students learn to manage and optimize applications in compliance with security controls and industry best practices.

Dedicated Students

National Cyber League winner stats

Our students are thriving in and out of the classroom and have earned high honors in national cybersecurity competitions.

2015: Postseason Games - 2nd place in Bronze

2016: Postseason Games - 4th place in Silver, 4th place in Bronze

2017: Postseason Games - 4th place in Gold, 31st place in Silver, 11th place in Bronze

Prepared to manage information security risks

Our diverse student body enriches the industry with mature workers prepared to manage information security risks.

ETHNICITY STATS

GENDER STATS

AVERAGE STUDENT AGE

34

Program Directors

Program Director

Anita M. Black

Cybersecurity Program Coordinator

CURRENT COMPANY

Merritt College

Program Director

Courtney Brown

CIS Department Chair

CURRENT COMPANY

Merritt College

Program Director

Jim Cates

President

CURRENT COMPANY

LOBI Group, LLC

Program Director

Mark Egan

Partner

CURRENT COMPANY

StrataFusion

Advisors

Advisory Board

Michael Armer

CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

Lam Research

Advisory Board

Ethan Berry

CEO

CURRENT COMPANY

Ethan Berry, Inc. (EBI)

Advisory Board

Eddie Borrero

CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

Robert Half

Advisory Board

Dr. Sarah Lewis Cortes

Principal Infosec Compliance Specialist & Postdoctoral Researcher

CURRENT COMPANY

Cloudflare & Alameda County

Advisory Board

Abbas Faiq

CIO

CURRENT COMPANY

PTC

Advisory Board

Kwame Fields

CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

Federal Home Loan Bank

Advisory Board

Ed Glover

CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

Five9

Advisory Board

David Hahn

VP & CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

Hearst

Advisory Board

Lance Harris

CISO/Director of Information Security

CURRENT COMPANY

Esurance

Advisory Board

Nate Lee

CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

Tradeshift

Advisory Board

Shokie Lopez

CIO

CURRENT COMPANY

Basic American Foods

Advisory Board

Michael McAlpen

CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

8x8

Advisory Board

Rand Morimoto

President

CURRENT COMPANY

Convergent Computing

Advisory Board

Tom Pankey

Partner

CURRENT COMPANY

Fortium Partners

Advisory Board

Ralph Pyne

Sr. Director, Security

CURRENT COMPANY

AdRoll Group

Advisory Board

Jimmy Sanders

President

CURRENT COMPANY

SF Bay ISSA

Advisory Board

David Tsao

CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

Veema Systems

Advisory Board

Walt Thinfen

CEO

CURRENT COMPANY

Visioneer, Inc

Advisory Board

Ravi Varma

CTO

CURRENT COMPANY

appOrbit

Advisory Board

Patrick Wilson

CIO and CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

Contra Costa County Health Services

Expert Instructors

Instructor

Omer Ayfer

Principal

CURRENT COMPANY

Ayfer Network LLC

TEACHES COURSE

System and Network Security

Guest Lecturer

Todd Barnum

CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

GoPro Inc

TEACHES COURSE

Introduction to Information Systems Security

Instructor

Beverly Brooks

Instructor

CURRENT COMPANY

Merritt College

TEACHES COURSE

Introduction to Information Systems Security

Guest Lecturer

Bruce Burroughs

CIO/CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

Technology Angle, Inc.

TEACHES COURSE

Introduction to Information Systems Security

Instructor

Jason Hengels

CEO

CURRENT COMPANY

Exposure Security

TEACHES COURSE

Secure Coding in Java and .Net

Application in Information Security

Web Application Pen Testing

Guest Lecturer

Chris Houlder

CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

Clarivate Analytics

TEACHES COURSE

System and Network Security

Instructor

Tim Mather

Chief Security Strategist

CURRENT COMPANY

PatternEx

TEACHES COURSE

Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling

Cloud Security Fundamentals

Instructor

Ahsan Mir

CISO

CURRENT COMPANY

AutoDesk

TEACHES COURSE

Hacker Guard: Security Baseline Training for IT Administrators and Operations

Instructor

Chijundu Okonmah

Instructor

CURRENT COMPANY

Peralta Community College

TEACHES COURSE

Introduction to Information Systems Security

Instructor

Carole Rogers

Instructor

CURRENT COMPANY

Peralta Community College

TEACHES COURSE

Hacker Guard: Security Baseline Training for IT Administrators and Operations

Computer Forensics Fundamentals

Intrusion Detection In-Depth

Instructor

Steven Sterns

Director of Information Security

CURRENT COMPANY

Ebay

TEACHES COURSE

Computer Forensics Fundamentals

Intrusion Detection In-Depth: Compliance, Security, Forensics, and Troubleshooting

Instructor

Alan Williams

Distinguished Engineer

CURRENT COMPANY

AutoDesk

TEACHES COURSE

Hacker Guard: Security Baseline Training for IT Administrators and Operations

Instructor

Guy Yardeni

Partner and Managing Director

CURRENT COMPANY

Convergent Computing

TEACHES COURSE

System and Network Security

Instructor

Brian Zaugg

Director of Information Security

CURRENT COMPANY

Authentic8

TEACHES COURSE

Computer Forensics Fundamentals

Intrusion Detection In Depth: Compliance, Security, Forensics, and Troubleshooting