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David Meske @ Palomar

Assistant Professor

Palomar College Program Mapper

Interested in a new field that is considered ESSENTIAL? Interested in working for an employer that may allow you to work from home? Check out Palomar College’s Program Mapper for STEM Programs. Programs include Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, Information Technology, Cisco Networking, Web Development, and others. Learn what positions you can apply for, the average salary, and the expected growth of positions in these fields. Here’s a link to the Cybersecurity Program. Cybersecurity Program Map at Palomar College

National Cyber League Fall 2019

The Fall 2019 semester has come and gone and Palomar College’s CryptoComets cybersecurity team hit even more records this semester. In fact, we had 3 teams compete in the National Cyber League Fall 2019 competition. We had 17 students compete almost doubling our participation from the previous semester. Our teams consisted of multi-year NCL veterans as well as first-timers and they all did great. So well that Palomar College moved up in the NCL rankings to #37 nationally from #55 last semester.

Where will we rank for Spring 2020? Who knows, but we will continue making strides in educating our students to be the best cybersecurity professional they can be because they are Palomar Powered!

For a look at the National Cyber League Fall 2019 rankings, click here.

National Cyber League Competition National Rankings

The National Cyber League recently released their first-ever national rankings of academic institutions producing new cybersecurity professionals. Palomar College has been participating in the NCL cybersecurity competition for nearly 2 years now. I am proud to announce that nationally, Palomar College ranks #55 (based on over 400 academic institutions) and #20 amongst institutions in the western U.S.

For more information on the national rankings, click here.

CyberWatch West

Palomar College is now a member of CyberWatch West, which will soon be the National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCYTE). NCYTE is an organization of hundreds of high schools, colleges and universities determined to promote cybersecurity in higher education as well as provide expertise in cyber defense. Quickly becoming a national organization with members across the continental U.S., the NCYTE supports both faculty in cybersecurity curriculum development as well as students in resources geared toward cybersecurity knowledge and career transition. Palomar College looks forward to working with NCYTE as we contribute to the cybersecurity education and training needs in San Diego and move toward certification as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-2Y).


Welcome to 2019/2020 Academic Year

It’s a new academic year and there is so much going on. This year the Computer Science and Information Technology department is offering the new A.S. Cybersecurity degree program. This program will feature two new courses in cybersecurity – Cyber Defense and Ethical Hacking. If you are interested in Cybersecurity, these classes will kick start you in the right direction. The number of cybersecurity positions in San Diego is rapidly increasing. I’m reading new postings almost daily. A few companies in the area that are hiring include Amazon Web Services (AWS), Proficio, PlayStation (Sony), Apple, QualComm, FICO, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Intuit, and many others. Now is the time to be part of this growing and fascinating field.

If you are a student at Palomar College and have an interest in Cybersecurity, come meet like-minded students at the Cybersecurity Club meetings. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 4pm in MD-220. We are a learning club so don’t be shy – everyone starts somewhere.

Additionally, Palomar College competes in the National Cyber League (NCL) every semester. Check out the for more information. We will be training for the competition in September and October. Contact me if you are interested in competing with us or want to learn about ethical hacking. If you are a former CyberPatriot competitor, this competition will be a good way to continue your training.

Palomar College A.S. Cybersecurity Degree is Official

Great news!  We have been notified that the A.S. Cybersecurity degree has been officially approved to start in Fall 2019. Our first graduates with an A.S. Cybersecurity degree will be at the May 2020 Commencement. Two new courses are being offered in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 respectively to students that are ready to graduate.

CSNT 250 Cyber Defense and Analysis (Fall semesters)

Evaluation of cybersecurity team functions as it pertains to the analysis of organizational defensive measures, threat management, and incident response. Topics covered include threat reconnaissance, securing a corporate network, vulnerability management, identity management, and secure software coding. Students will learn the process of securing a corporate network, identifying vulnerabilities that can be exploited and responding to a cybersecurity incident.

CSNT 255 Ethical Hacking Principles (Spring semesters)

In-depth analysis and hands-on practical experience in computer and network security concepts from an ethical hacking perspective. Various topics include penetration testing methodology, mobile platform attacks, and cloud computing defenses. Students will be taught the five phases of ethical hacking, which include reconnaissance; gaining access; account enumeration; maintaining access, and covering your tracks. Students will learn how to assess the security posture of an organization and use the same techniques malicious hackers use to identify vulnerabilities and remediate problems before a successful attack is perpetrated. Technical knowledge and critical thinking skills will be developed to explore the challenges and legal issues of cybersecurity testing.

National Cyber League – Fall 2018

Congratulations to our very own NCL Postseason team – the CryptoComets. They scored #7 in their bracket and #33 overall. The CryptoComets competed against 368 other teams across the nation at the National Cyber League on November 16-18th. Congratulations to @Kelie, @toteslegit.evil, @Allevon-602, @Jen, @yolo328 for a job well done.

CryptoComets @ Palomar College

Calling all CyberPatriots

Are you a high school student with experience in CyberPatriot competitions?

Palomar College wants you on their team. Palomar College Information Security Club competes in the National Cyber League (NCL) twice a year providing students real-life experience in password cracking, network scanning analysis, log analysis, enumeration, and exploitation as well as web application exploitation. We are looking for talented students to join us at Palomar College to learn offensive-based cybersecurity skills and compete with us in the National Cyber League.

If you are interested in taking your skills to the next level, contact Dr. David Meske at for more information on the Cybersecurity program at Palomar College.