Network Security

Network Security Overview

Are you the type of person who likes challenge and who wants to help an organization stay ahead of anyone or anything that might harm its computer systems?

A career in Cyber Security and Network Security might be right for you with an Associate of Science in Computer & Information Science or the Associate of Applied Science in Computer & Information Science (South Carolina only). Now more than ever, as more business is conducted via the Internet, a person who is responsible for protecting computer networks is a valuable contributor to their organization.

Understanding how systems are vulnerable and knowing how to protect them from hackers, viruses, and other acts of cyber-terrorism is a high priority. It's not a game! This program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for graduates to acquire entry-level employment as a network security specialist in a variety of settings.

A Bachelor Degree program is also available which prepares the graduate for more advanced and higher-level employment positions in the Network Security field.

For more information about this program, please see the program description in the University Catalog. Network Security Program Description

What You Can Learn in Network Security

Through interactive, hands-on instruction, graduates are able to:

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

Where You Can Go in Network Security

Employment opportunities for graduates include a variety of entry-level positions across a wide spectrum of industries within the cyber security and network security arena. Depending upon the position and employer requirements, eligibility for security clearances may be required.

Positions may typically include:

  • Network Security Specialist
  • System Security Technician
  • Security Technician

Future Possible Careers for This Program

11.1001 Network and System Administration/Administrator
15-1141.00 Database Administrators Bright Outlook
15-1142.00 Network and Computer Systems Administrators Bright Outlook
15-1122.00 Information Security Analysts
15-1152.00 Computer Network Support Specialists Bright Outlook
15-1143.00 Computer Network Architects


Time frame: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 Award Year 2012-13


How long will it take to complete this program?


The program is designed to take 23 months to complete.
73% of graduates from this program finish in this time.*
The median time for graduates to complete this program is 19 months.*



What is the total cost of this program for me?


At ECPI University, programs are competitively priced and are designed to help you achieve your goals. Through our year-round schedule, you could earn your Associate's in 1.5 years. That can give you the edge over students at other colleges who might still be attending class.

Program Cost/Tuition Chart
Books & Supplies $1,725.00
Tuition and Fees $35,625.00
Total Tuition $37,350.00

Foundation course requirements can result in additional costs and increase the time to graduation. Actual cost may vary depending on actual time to graduate, and subject to any necessary tuition increases. (for all programs and schools)


Time frame: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 Award Year 2012-13.


What are my financing options to pay for the program?


In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, graduates used loans to finance their education. The median debt for program graduates is:

Loan Type Amount
Federal Median Loans $10,676.00
Private Median Loans $0.00
Institutional Median Loans $141.50