Network Security

Network Security
Associate of Science (VA and NC) or Associate of Applied Science (SC) in Computer and Information Science

Network Security 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 37 percent from 2012 to 2022, 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.

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*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 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.


Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

21 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
BUS102 Fundamentals of Customer Service 3
BUS121 Introduction to Business 3
CIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems 3
CIS121 Software Logic and Design 3
CIS150 Networking I 3
CIS282 Web Interface Design 3
CIS115 Computer Applications 3

Arts and Sciences

22 semester credit hours

Course ID Course Name Credits
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

Course ID Course Name Credits
COR090 Career Orientation Seminar 0
FOR110 Essentials for Success 3

Concentration Requirements

Database Programming

15 semester credit hours plus electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS126 Programming I 3
CIS203 Code Design and Debugging 3
CIS215 Object-Oriented Programming with C++ 3
CIS223 Database I 3
CIS250 Database Scripting I 3
  Various Electives 15

Network Security

15 semester credit hours plus electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS202 Introduction to Routing and Switching 3
CIS212 Principles of Cybersecurity 3
CIS225 Networking II 3
CIS245 Windows Client and Server 3
CIS206 UNIX Administration 3
  Various Electives 15

Web Development

15 semester credit hours plus electives

Course ID Course Name Credits
CIS107 Digital Imaging 3
CIS126 Programming I 3
CIS213 Web Client Scripting 3
CIS223 Database I 3
CIS250 Database Scripting I 3
  Various Electives 15



Course ID Course Name Credits
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 Object-Oriented Programming with C++ 3
CIS215L Object-Oriented Programming with C++ 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
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

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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