Gonda Watson, SCC IT Cybersecurity Program Head, recently earned the Certified Ethical Hacker credential through the EC-Council.
Gonda Watson, Program Head for the Information Technology Cybersecurity degree at Stanly Community College (SCC), recently earned the Certified Ethical Hacker credential through the EC-Council. The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) is a member-based organization that certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills.
A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who knows how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, but in a lawful and legitimate manner to assess the security posture of a target system(s). The Certified Ethical Hacker credential certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendorneutral perspective.
“Teaching our students the necessary skills to find great careers in the cybersecurity field is very rewarding,” said Gonda. “I especially like teaching students methods to discover computer systems and network computer vulnerabilities and provide countermeasures. It’s important our students know that these vulnerabilities exist and there are ways they can be mitigated.”
According to the EC-Council, “The need for information security is becoming evident with every new data breach report. The enhancement of security practices like ethical hacking, penetration testing, and other methods can help organizations combat the possibility of an attack.”
Gonda Watson earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Liberia, West Africa; and a Master of Science from the University of Strayer, District of Columbia. He also holds credentials in VMware Data Center Virtualization Professional, Comptia Security+, Linux Professional Essentials, and ECCouncil CEH.
SCC’s Information Technology Cybersecurity curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for employment in Information Technology related areas such as network security, digital forensics, and ethical hacking. Coursework in this program will include network and security foundation, data recovery techniques, network vulnerability assessments, as well as windows and security administrations. Linux, Microsoft and Apple operating systems are used intensively during students’ enrollment.
Graduates should qualify for employment in entry-level positions as cybersecurity specialists, cybersecurity analysts, cyber incident responders and information assurance specialists.
According to EMSI Data (www.economicmodeling.com) the regional occupational forecast for the cybersecurity professional is expected to increase from 28,849 jobs in 2019 to 31,935 jobs in 2024, with median hourly earnings at $49.57 per hour.