Cyber Security A.A.S.

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Cyber Security A.A.S.

Department: Information Technology

Total Credit Hours: 64 - 65 credits

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Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (16-17 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 Applied Mathematics or higher 3-4
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II 
ENG 115 or Technical Writing 
COM 101 or Oral Communication  3
COM 104 or Small Group Communication
COM 106 or Public Speaking
COM 110  Interpersonal Communication
Social Science HIS 101 or US History to 1877  3
HIS 102 or US History Since 1877 
POL 101  American Government 
Natural Science CHM 101 or Introduction to Chemistry 3
BIO 105 or Essentials in Biology
BIO 108 or Trends in Science
BIO 110 or Human Biology
PHE 240 or Nutrition for Weight Management
PHY 105 or Environmental Geology
PHY 111 or Introduction to Physical Science
PHY 125 or Introduction to Physical Geology
PHY 130  Astronomy
COL 101 or College Success Seminar 1
Core Course Requirements (48 credits)
BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
IT 110 Microsoft Technologies I 3
IT 210 Microsoft Technologies II 3
IT 130 Introduction to Linux 3
IT 230 Linux Administration 3
IT 151 CCNA1 (Introduction to Networks) 4
IT 152 CCNA2 (Switching, Routing, Wireless Essentials) 4
IT 140 Programming for System Administrators 3
IT 172 Digital Forensics 3
IT 171 Ethical Hacking 3
IT 173 Topics in Cyber Security I 3
IT 270 Network Security 4
IT 271 Penetration Testing 3
IT 273 Topics in Cyber Security II 3
IT 275 CCISP 3
Total Required Hours: 64-65 credits

What Is Cyber Security?

Cyber security professionals control access to information and prevent unauthorized tampering or disclosure of information.

Occupational Outlook

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases. Duties typically include:

  • Monitor their organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
  • Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
  • Prepare reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
  • Conduct penetration testing, which is when analysts simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their systems before they can be exploited
  • Research the latest information technology (IT) security trends
  • Develop security standards and best practices for their organization
  • Recommend security enhancements to management or senior IT staff
  • Help computer users when they need to install or learn about new security products and procedures
  • IT security analysts are heavily involved with creating their organization’s disaster recovery plan, a procedure that IT employees follow in case of emergency. These plans allow for the continued operation of an organization’s IT department. The recovery plan includes preventive measures such as regularly copying and transferring data to an offsite location. It also involves plans to restore proper IT functioning after a disaster. Analysts continually test the steps in their recovery plans
  • Information security analysts must stay up to date on IT security and on the latest methods attackers are using to infiltrate computer systems. Analysts need to research new security technology to decide what will most effectively protect their organization.

Salary Outlook

The median annual wage for information security analysts is $95,510.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Cyber Security Careers

SCC graduates are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: network security administrator, network security engineer, information systems security manager, systems security administrator, data security analyst, penetration tester, and chief security officer.

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