The Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
degree program will prepare students for an entry-level career in the cybersecurity
industry. It will also provide opportunities for those employed in the information
technology field to enhance their knowledge and credentials and advance in their careers.
The program emphasizes network and computer systems security and information assurance
concepts augmented by current cybersecurity industry standards and techniques. Major
topics covered in the proposed program include threats and vulnerabilities, prevention
at the technical (hardware and software) and human levels, detection, responses and
management aspects of information security. Entry-level position responsibilities
in cybersecurity include, but are not limited to: maintaining computer network infrastructure
and security; designing, administering and/or securing enterprise information/networks;
securing computer assets connected to the internet; installing, configuring and securing
IP telephony systems; configuring and securing remote access networks; providing technical
support and configuring and repairing endpoint devices.
Degree candidates study core information technology competencies including small-to-enterprise
business networking, multi-OS server and client network administration and computer
hardware and operating systems. In addition to these core competencies, students have
team projects and capstone activities that develop a foundation in network security
with emphasis in health care network security, information assurance, and/or enterprise
network design security.