Cybersecurity Center

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The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated St. Philip's College as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education- 2 years. The designation covers the academic years 2022 through 2027. For more information about CAE Community visit,

The purpose of the National CAE designation program is to promote higher education in cybersecurity/Information Assurance and prepare a growing number of professionals to meet the need to reduce vulnerabilities in the Nation’s networks. The initial National CAE in CD Education (CAE/IAE) program was started by NSA in 1998, with DHS joining as a partner in 2004 in response to the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist, A.A.S.

The National Security Agency and a committee of academic peers have validated the Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist program through the academic year 2026.

Program Level Outcome:

The Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist prepares students to design, implement and secure computer networks.  Students with this degree will be able to install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber-attacks and gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cybercrime.  Completion in this program prepares a student for industry certifications such as CompTIA Security +, Certified Security Professional (CSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). 

  • Design computer networks
  • Implement computer networks
  • Secure computer networks
  • Install security software
  • Monitor networks for security breaches
  • Respond to cyber attacks
  • Gather data and evidence to prosecute cybercrime

Programs Offered

Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist (A.A.S.)


Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist (Level 1 Certificate) 

CompTIA Linux+ Certification Preparation (OSA)

CompTIA Security+ Certification Preparation (OSA)

Cyber First Responders (OSA) 

GenCyber Camp

GenCyber Camp

The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the program are to help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior, increase interest in cybersecurity and careers in the cybersecurity workforce of the Nation, and improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 computer science curricula.

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Cyber Tigers Club

Join our Cyber Tigers Student Club!

The Cyber Tigers of St. Philips College are a group of students who are interested in all things technology.  The Cyber Tigers complement their studies of networking, Microsoft applications, Linux, and security to form a unique club that helps channel school work into real work scenarios and experiences.

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National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 2-Year Education program provides seminars and workshops for all that participate in the program.

Check out our previous seminars and workshop participants and what the program has to provide.

Cybersecurity Education Conference

Cybersecurity Education Conference

The St. Philip’s College Cybersecurity Education Conference is a forum for connecting with industry, government and academic entities to increase the awareness of cybersecurity in the state of Texas and around the world.

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Student News Resources

The Cybersecurity Center provides assistance for our students to reference cybersecurity from these various resources:

Student Activity Resources

Scholarships & Career Development



High Schools

Advisory Board Notes

Cybersecurity Faculty members

  • Haydar Thomas Sahin, Point of Contact

    Yesenia Alvarez

    Robert Jones

    Rick Lopez

    Sam McCall

    Caroline Mora

    Edith Orozco

  • Robert Castaneda

    Rosalio Gallegos

    Timothy Gonzalez

    John Lee

    Kelly Roberts-Cooper


Contact Information

Cybersecurity Center

Haydar Thomas Sahin
Senior Advisor: 
Laura De La Rosa                                         

MLK Saint Bowden Building (SAB), 110