MHCC Cybersecurity Students are First in the U.S. to Receive Firewall Certification

Posted: February 19, 2014
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Wayne Machuca, MHCC instructor, Shoba Trivadi, Palo Alto Networks Academy business development manager, Debbie Derr, MHCC president, Rodney Barker, dean of Business, Computer Information Systems & Social Science, and Paul Morris, MHCC instructor

Students in Mt. Hood Community College’s Cybersecurity and Networking program were awarded accreditation Feb. 18 for completing an intensive training program about firewalls – the first college students in the country to receive this industry recognition.

“This is a new accreditation based on a training program from Palo Alto Networks. Because of the success of this project, MHCC is now the model for colleges nationwide,” says Wayne Machuca, MHCC instructor. He adds that Palo Alto Networks “provided the curriculum, online training and 10 physical firewall devices so our students could train directly on the equipment.”

He explains the importance of the training and its application to the workplace. “Think of it this way: You want to prevent Internet viruses from getting into your network. So, you set up your firewall to prevent Internet access. That would solve the problem, but what if some of your employees need Internet as part of their jobs? Then you need to allow Internet access to only those people. Now, what if you want some people to have Facebook access for reading only, and some to have access to Facebook so they can do messaging and status changes? That is when you need a more sophisticated firewall solution.”

MHCC Cybersecurity students proudly display their certificates – the first college students in the country to earn this accreditation. MHCC instructors Paul Morris and Wayne Machuca are on the left, with Shoba Trivadi, from Palo Alto Networks (seated in the front, left).
MHCC Cybersecurity students proudly display their certificates – the first college students in the country to earn this accreditation. MHCC instructors Paul Morris and Wayne Machuca are on the left, with Shoba Trivadi, Palo Alto Networks Academy business development manager (seated in the front, left).

It’s the proven ability to set up and configure sophisticated firewalls in a real-world environment that will interest hiring managers in MHCC graduates, adds Machuca.

One of Several Certifications
“We are seeing that having an associate degree and industry-recognized certifications makes a difference in hiring selection and income level,” he says. In addition to this new accreditation, MHCC students routinely receive training toward a number of other certifications.

For more information about MHCC Cybersecurity and Networking program, please visit mhcc.edu/cybersecurity.

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