Cloud Computing Overview
Cloud computing or software services provided across the internet are ushering in a wave of new opportunities to help businesses become more flexible, efficient and agile. By providing infrastructures, platforms and software as a service, cloud computing allows users to access and implement important business and technology tools whenever and wherever they need.
What’s more, the Cloud or internet services are creating demand for professionals to manage these vast networks. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to grow 8% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, and demand for these workers is high and should continue to grow as firms invest in newer, faster technology and mobile networks.*
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the emerging field of Cloud Computing, consider ECPI University. Through ECPI’s accelerated schedule, you can earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information Science with a major in Cyber and Network Security and a track in Cloud Computing in just 2.5 years.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated ECPI University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for the Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science: Cyber and Network Security major, Cybersecurity Track through academic year 2023. Designation Letter can be viewed here.
The Computer and Information Science programs are delivered online or through a campus-based hybrid model.
- Program Description
Through ECPI University’s interactive educational program using cloud & virtualization, you can set up servers and software clients, create large storage solutions, utilize cloud technologies, and deploy thin applications for large, medium, and small organizational networks.
At ECPI University, you learn by doing in a “hands-on” classroom environment. This allows you to gain “real world” experience. Specifically, the Cloud Computing program track can show you how to:
- Identify customer needs to evaluate network requirements
- Design and secure fault tolerant enterprise networks
- Create virtual solutions for servers
- Install and configure virtual servers and clients
- Use the cloud services for storage and virtualization
- Deploy software applications through thin clients
- Implement and manage virtual servers and data centers
- Logic and decision processes
- Problem resolution
- Oral and written communication skills
- Network security in physical and virtual implementations
- Customer service skills
- Ethical and professional practices
ECPI University’s cyber and network security curriculum aims to prepare graduates to sit for IT certification exams related to CompTIA, Cisco Systems, VMWare, and Microsoft.
- Possible Career Track
Upon completion, graduates with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer and Information System with a major in Cyber and Network Security and a track in Cloud Computing could pursue career opportunities across a wide range of industries and businesses in positions such as:
- Network and Datacenter Administrator
- Network Infrastructure Support
- Storage Technology Manager
- Virtual Server Administrator
- Information Technology Solution Providers
- Network Implementation Team
- Network Support and Help Desks
28 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits BUS121 Introduction to Business 3 BUS472 Applied Project Management 3 BUS472L Applied Project Management Lab 1 CIS228
Service Desk Fundamentals
Introduction to Scripting
3 CIS126 Introduction to Programming 3 CIS142 Introduction to Cloud Solutions 3 CIS150 Introduction to Networking 3 CIS206 Linux Administration 3 CIS212 Principles of Cybersecurity 3 CIS223 Introduction to Databases 3
Arts and Sciences*
31 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits CAP480 Arts and Sciences Capstone 3 COM115 Principles of Communication 3 ENG110 College Composition 3 ENG120 Advanced Composition 3 HUM205 Culture and Diversity 3 MTH131 College Algebra 3 MTH140 Statistics 3 PHY120 Physics** 3 PHY120L Physics Lab** 1 BIO122 Environmental Biology** 3 BIO122L Environmental Biology Lab** 1 PSY105 Introduction to Psychology 3 PSY220 Positive Psychology 3
**Student will be scheduled either the Physics & Lab courses or Environmental Biology & Lab courses.
9 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits CIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems 3 CIS115 Computer Applications 3 COR090 Career Orientation Seminar 0 FOR110 Essentials for Success 3
Cyber and Network Security Requirements
37 semester credit hours plus electives
Course ID Course Name Credits CIS101 Computer Configuration I 3 CIS202 Introduction to Routing and Switching 3 CIS202L Introduction to Routing and Switching Lab 1 CIS204 Intermediate Routing and Switching 3 CIS207L Routing and Switching LAB 1 CIS225 Network Protocols and Services 3 CIS245 Windows Client and Server 3 CIS245L Windows Client and Server Lab 1 CIS251 Advanced Windows Server 3 CIS256 Windows Active Directory 3 CIS256L Windows Active Directory LAB 1 CIS321 Network Scripting 3 CIS403 Ethical Hacking 3 CIS425 Advanced Defense and Countermeasures 3 CIS495
Cyber and Network Security Capstone
Cloud Computing Track
15 semester credit hours
Course ID Course Name Credits CIS220 Storage Area Networks and Disaster Recovery 3 CIS220L Storage Area Networks and Disaster Recovery Lab 1 CIS253 Network Virtualization Fundamentals 3 CIS253L Network Virtualization Fundamentals Lab 1 CIS305 Advanced Linux Administration 3 CIS353 Network Virtualization Administration 3 CIS353L Network Virtualization Administration Lab 1
Students in the B.S. in Computer & Information Science program develop planning, design, implementation, and support skills in operating systems, networking, software programs, and security. Students develop additional focused skills based on which major the student pursues. Students also learn principles of excellent customer service in order to assist clients with technical issues.
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Science, graduates are able to:
- Design, implement, and evaluate computer-based solutions that incorporate the appropriate computing requirements identified through the analysis of specific organizational or computing problems
- Function effectively on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk, and produce deliverables
- Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments
- Evaluate and use appropriate technical literature
- Engage in continuous professional development through user groups, associations, conferences, readings, research, and other channels
- Develop and apply ethical and legal best practices in the maintenance and security of information and systems
- Develop cloud computing tools
In addition to the B.S. CIS Program Outcomes, students in the Cyber and Network Security Major learn about installing, securing, testing, and maintaining computer networks.
Upon successful completion of the Cyber and Network Security Major - Cloud Computing Track, graduates are able to:
- Plan, design, configure and administer a network and security infrastructure
- Maintain, monitor, and troubleshoot a network and security infrastructure
- Assess and implement technical and non-technical security controls to protect an organization from threats and vulnerabilitie
- Program Guide
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