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. It's a serious business. It's not a game!

In 2.5 years, through our year-round schedule, you can earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a concentration in Network Security.

Today's networks require technicians and specialists with hands-on skills in a variety of network management and support roles. This program is designed to provide both entry and advanced level of knowledge to:

  • Administer, manage, or troubleshoot hardware, software, or services for single, mixed and multi-user environments.
  • Use cyber security measures to protect data and manage personnel conduct in relation to safeguarding data.

An Associate Degree program is also available which prepares the graduate for entry-level employment 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

Students learn how to create and build networks in the Windows, CISCO, and UNIX environments...and both design and implement network security plans to keep hackers at bay and the network secure.

Building upon ECPI's tradition of providing an interactive and "real world" hands-on education in technology, you'll:

  • Maintain network hardware and software.
  • Analyze problems and monitor network to ensure its availability to system users.
  • Identify customer needs and use that information to design, interpret, and evaluate network requirements
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement network security measures.
  • Educate users regarding computer security.
  • Install security software.
  • Monitor network for security breaches.

This program focuses on many skill areas including:

  • Ethical and Professional Practices
  • Logic and Decision Processes; Troubleshooting; Problem Resolution
  • Risk Management and Disaster Recovery
  • Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Customer Service and System Self-Assessment
  • Installation and Configuration of Client and Server Operating Systems, Network Services, and Security Tools
  • Protection of Sensitive Information by Preventing, Detecting, and Responding to Cyber Security Attacks

As a "value added" benefit, this program prepares graduates to sit for IT certification exams related to CompTIA, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft.

Where You Can Go In Network Security

Employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to increase by 23 percent nationally from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. As cyber attacks become more sophisticated, demand will increase for workers with security skills.1 Network Security professionals are employed in a wide range of positions.2

Network Security Management professionals are employed in a wide range of positions.
  • Network Administration
  • Technical Support and Help Desks
  • Network Infrastructure Support Areas in Routing, Server Management, and Switching
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Network Applications Supervision/Management
  • Information Technology Solutions Providers
  • Network Implementation Team

1 Source: U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition.

2 As a condition of employment in any security position, a prospective employee may be required to pass a full background investigation for the purpose of obtaining a security clearance.