Cyber Security Educational Center

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About This Center

The Cyber Security Educational Center provides the community with information on our Cyber Security Program, courses, club activities and events. The Cyber Security Center provides links to give the latest information on cyber security vulnerabilities and breaches.

SMCC’s Cyber Security Program has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. National Security Agency (NAS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The NSA and the DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence program.

SMCC is also a member of National Cyberwatch a consortium of higher education institutions, public and private schools, individual cybersecurity practitioners, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce. Our involvement in these two programs ensures we are committed to provide the highest standards possible for the Cyber Security program.

Cyber Security Program

The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the most popular certification exams, which include:

  • CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician)
  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
  • CompTia Network+ Computing Technology Industry Association
  • CompTia Security+ Computing Technology Industry Association

For more information visit the Cyber Security Program webpage.

View a list of current major-specific courses for this program.

Cyber Wolves Cyber Security Club

The Cyber Wolves are a Cyber Security Club focusing on cyber security issues, competitions and more.

All SMCC students are welcome to join. Join today by clicking on this link. Meetings are every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

President: Maxwell Burns
Vice President: Mason Cambell


The National Cyber League
The NCL is a defensive and offensive puzzle-based, capture-the-flag style cybersecurity competition. Its virtual training ground helps high school and college students prepare and test themselves against cybersecurity challenges that they will likely face in the workforce. All participants play the games simultaneously during Preseason, Regular Season and Postseason.

Check back frequently to view a list of upcoming Cyber Security Competitions


Cyber Security Resources

College Resources

Cybersecurity News


  • Professor Wendy Plourde, MSEd
    Dept. Chair, Cyber Security
    Professor Wendy Plourde is the founder of the Cyber Security Program and has been at SMCC since 2004. Prior to SMCC, Wendy worked on cybersecurity projects such as virus definitions, HIPAA compliance and other CyberSec projects.
    INSC 160 – Fundamentals of Network Security
    INSC 170 – Computer Forensics
    INSC 280 – Ethical Hacking
  • Faimafili Monaghan, M.S., CyberSecurity
    Adjunct Professor, Cyber Security
    INSC 170 Computer Forensics
  • Gregory Miller, PhD
    Adjunct Professor
    Cyber Security
    INSC 270 – Information Security & Ethics
  • Karen Paullet, D.Sc.
    Adjunct Professor, Cyber Security
    INSC 275 Cyberlaw

Advisory Board

  • Eugene V. Slobodzian, PhD, CISSP, CSSLP
    Vice President of Security Winxnet Security
  • Henry J. Felch, DCS
    Associate Professor of Cybersecurity and CIS
    Director Maine Cybersecurity Center
    Program Coordinator for UMA Cybersecurity
  • Cynthia Beaulieu,
    Technical Lead, Network Security Engineering
    WEX Inc
  • Kelly Rickert,
    Director of Workforce Innovations
    State of Maine
  • Scott Fortin,
    Chief Information Security Officer
    Maine Community College System