Network Security Associate Degree

Network Security

Network Security
Network Security
A.S. (VA and NC) or A.A.S. (SC) in Computer and Information Science
Overview

Not all criminals wear masks—many sit behind a computer. In a world full of cybercrime and system vulnerabilities, it’s the job of network security professionals to protect computer systems against threats such as hackers, spyware, and viruses. If you’d like to be that vital line of defense, consider a career in network security.

Through ECPI University’s year-round, accelerated schedule, you could earn an Associate of Science degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Network Security in as little as 1.5 years. This program could provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to acquire entry-level employment as a network security specialist in a range of settings.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor*, the demand for trained cyber and network security professionals continues to rise. As a matter of fact, employment of information security analysts is expected to grow by 18 percent from 2014 to 2024, substantially faster than the average for all occupations (11 percent).

If you’re interested in protecting valuable computer systems and data, there’s no better time than now to start working toward an in-demand career in network security. Contact ECPI University today to learn more about earning an associate’s degree in network security.

*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Information Security Analysts

Program Description

ECPI University develops and updates its curriculum with input from leading professionals, many of which hire ECPI graduates. Employers are looking for specific skill-sets and they work with faculty members to ensure that ECPI’s network security degree meets their needs. The result is a program that produces graduates who can:

  • Create and manage user/group accounts and configure network routers
  • Assist in development and implementation of policies for disaster recovery and network security design
  • Assist customers in day-to-day network operations and troubleshooting
  • Administer and manage networks
  • Participate in software installations, network upgrades, and end-user training

Possible Career Track

ECPI University’s program can prepare graduates with the skills required for career-entry positions in a wide array of jobs including:

  • Information security analyst
  • Network Security Specialist
  • System Security Technician
  • Security Technician

Depending upon the position and employer requirements, security clearances may be required.

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

21 semester credit hours

BUS102

Fundamentals of Customer Service

3

BUS121

Introduction to Business

3

CIS106

Introduction to Operating Systems

3

CIS121

Logic and Design

3

CIS150

Networking I

3

CIS282

Web Interface Design

3

CIS115

Computer Applications

 

Arts and Sciences

22 semester credit hours

COM115

Principles of Communication

3

ENG110

College Composition

3

ENG120

Advanced Composition

3

HUM205

Culture and Diversity

3

MTH131

College Algebra

3

PHY120

Physics

3

PHY120L

Physics LAB

1

PSY105

Introduction to Psychology

3

Self-Integration and Computer Literacy

3 semester credit hours

COR090

Career Orientation Seminar

0

FOR110

Essentials for Success

3

Concentration Requirements

Database Programming

15 semester credit hours plus electives

CIS126

Programming I

3

CIS203

Code Design and Debugging

3

CIS215

Programming II

3

CIS223

Database I

3

CIS250

Database Scripting

3

 

Various Electives

 

Network Security

15 semester credit hours plus electives

CIS225

Networking II

3

CIS202

Introduction to Routing and Switching

3

CIS212

Network Security Concepts

3

CIS245

Windows Client and Server

3

CIS206

UNIX Administration

3

 

Various Electives

 

Web Development

15 semester credit hours plus electives

CIS107

Digital Imaging

3

CIS126

Programming I

3

CIS213

Web Client Scripting

3

CIS223

Database I

3

CIS250

Database Scripting I

3

 

Various Electives

 

 

Electives

Electives

CIS107L

Digital Imaging LAB

1

CIS126

Programming I

3

CIS136

Storyboarding for Animation

3

CIS142

Cloud Computing Concepts

3

CIS202L

Introduction to Routing and Switching LAB

3

CIS203

Code Design and Debugging

3

CIS204

Intermediate Routing and Switching

3

CIS206

UNIX Administration

3

CIS207

Network Routing and Switching LAB

1

CIS215

Programming II

3

CIS215L

Programming II LAB

1

CIS223

Database I

3

CIS245L

Windows Client and Server LAB

1

CIS250

Database Scripting I

3

CIS251

Advanced Windows Server

3

CIS252

Fundamentals of Electronic Commerce

3

CIS256

Windows Active Directory

3

CIS256L

Windows Active Directory LAB

1

CIS266L

Intermediate Database LAB

1

CIS274

CIS Project I

4

CIS280

CIS Project II

3

CIS290

Externship-CIS III

3

CIS291

Externship-CIS I-a

1

CIS292

Externship-CIS I-b

1

CIS293

Externship-CIS I-c

1

CIS294

Externship-CIS II

2

CIS303L

2D Design LAB

1

CIS305

Advanced UNIX Administration

3

CIS305L

Advanced UNIX Administration LAB

1

CIS311

Web Site Management

3

CIS311L

Web Site Management LAB

1

CIS367

Database Scripting II

3

CIS367L

Database Scripting II LAB

1

EET110

Electric Circuits I

3

EET250

Computer Configuration I

3

EET251

Computer Configuration II

3

EET282

Wireless Security

3

Program Outcomes

Students in the Associate of Science in Computer and Information Science program learn how to create interesting web pages, write different kinds of programs, use and maintain databases, and install and secure computer networks. Students also learn to provide excellent customer service when assisting customers and clients with technical issues.

Upon completion of the Associate of Science in Computer and Information Science, graduates are able to:

  • Utilize organizational customer service plans.
  • Describe various aspects of business operations.
  • Identify the impact of information systems upon the operation of a business.
  • Utilize PC operating system concepts.
  • Effectively utilize PC productivity applications and concepts to include word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation graphics.
  • Construct a basic web page.
  • Comprehend installation of basic network hardware and software by applying industry-standard networking knowledge.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the professional and ethical responsibilities of an information system specialist.
  • Identify ethical uses of organizational data, applications, computers, and network operating systems.
  • Comprehend basic logical constructs such as flow charts and process diagrams in order to understand the operation and troubleshooting of information systems.
  • Apply program-specific knowledge for an individual subject area concentration (e.g., Network Security or Web Development) appropriate for an Associate of Science Degree.

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