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Cybersecurity Capstone

Is the Cybersecurity Capstone Program Right for You?

  • Do you like learning about viruses and malware?
  • Have you or anyone you know ever been hacked?
  • Are you interesed in learning how to make data and networks secure?

Cybersecurity is becoming the most in-demand career field of the modern century. As the need for security for online data grows, so do the varied careers for cybersecurity professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of information security analysts is expected to grow 28% from now to 2026, which is considerably faster than the average of all occupations. Cybersecurity professionals will need to be creative and innovative to prevent hackers from stealing sensitive information or disrupting critical systems.

About the Program

The Cybersecurity Capstone program explores the dynamic field of cybersecurity and the technologies and tools used to handle threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities. Students in grades 10-12 can earn college credit and valuable CompTIA certifications while preparing for the cybersecurity careers of tomorrow.

This course fulfills the Capstone course requirement for the Computer Science/ Program of Study which is offered in most MCPS high schools. The course is offered at Thomas Edison High School of Technology in both morning and afternoon sessions.

Topics Covered

  • Threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities
  • Technologies and tools
  • Architecture and design
  • Identity and access management
  • Risk management
  • Cryptography and public key infrastructure

Sample Pathway

 Sample Cybersecurity Pathway

Certifications, Degrees

  • Students in the Computer Science/ Program of Study can earn up to nine credits with Montgomery College in the Computer Science track. Other colleges may also accept AP credit.
  • CompTIA Certification

How to Apply

Students interested in enrolling in an existing or a new program at the Edison High School should follow the Edison enrollment processes.


cybersecurity capstone

Career Opportunities

  • Certified ethical hacker
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Computer network architect
  • Computer programmers
  • Computer support specialist
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Information security analyst
  • Network and computer systems administrators
  • Software developer
  • Web developer

Where this Program is Offered

Thomas Edison High School

Students in the 10th grade from all high schools are eligible to apply to this program. MCPS will provide transportation to and from Edison High School.