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CyberSecurity and Networking
Associate of Applied Science Degree

Catalog 2013-2014

MHCC Faculty Advisors:

Paul Morris: 503-491-7303 Room AC 2778

Dr. Wayne Machuca: 503-491-7631 Room AC 2776

The Networking and CyberSecurity program will both introduce new students and develop existing professionals to the rapidly expanding and important world of Cyber Security (also known as 'Information Assurance' or 'Trustworthy Computing'). The design of this program will prepare students to sit for several progressively challenging industry recognized certifications. Students will be exposed to solid hardware and software repair, network development and implementation, various security techniques, perimeter defense, cryptography, business continuity and disaster recovery, and ethical hacking. Students in this program will have opportunity to participate in team competitions against colleges nationwide.

This program is designed to train students for and guide them toward a number of industry recognized certifications such as CCNA, CompTIA, EC-Council, and others. This design allows students with no training to work towards recognized skill sets; and, will support encumbered and displaced computer technical workers to attain security skills appropriate to enhance their career options.

Career opportunities for CyberSecurity professionals are varied and immediate. The National Initiative for CyberSecurity Education (NICE) has identified dozens of job titles which require security skills (see Additionally, projections are that by the end of the decade, all or nearly all intermediate level computer technical, developmental, or implementation careers will require some level of security training.

Recommended program pre-requisites are: CIS100 Careers in Computers, CIS120 Computer Concepts I, CIS120L Computer Concepts I Lab, OR Equivalent Skill.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Perform preventative hardware and software maintenance
  • Troubleshoot and correct computer hardware and software problems
  • Conceptualize, design and diagram possible solutions for a given Small Office Home Office (SOHO) networking environment
  • Work with others as part of a computer security team
  • Assemble, reconfigure and upgrade personal computers
  • Perform basic network and operating system administration, configuration and system security for both wired and wireless networks
  • Configure and troubleshoot access to resources, hardware devices and drivers, storage use and network connections
  • Analyze Internet security issues and apply them to network design problems
  • Design a disaster recovery plan for a real-world scenario
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in the information technology environment
  • Perform necessary ‘white hat’ attacks on a network to assess vulnerabilities
  • Analyze security measures appropriate for a Cloud Computing environment.
First Quarter (Fall) Cr
ISTM183A Preparation for A+ Essentials 3
ISTM183C Fundamentals of CyberSecurity 3
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
CIS151 Network Fundamentals
Second Quarter (Winter)
ISTM183B Preparation for A+ Practical Application 3
CIS122 Computer Concepts III 4
CIS125SS Spreadsheet 3
CIS152 Fundamentals of Routing Theory and Technology 4
  Human Relations1 3-4
Third Quarter (Spring)
CIS125DB Desktop Database 3
CIS154 Intermediate Routing Switching and WANs Theory and Technologies 4
WR121 English Composition 4
  Mathematics requirement2 4-5
  Related Elective 3
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
ISTM283A Fundamentals of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity 3
ISTM283B Security Strategies 3
CIS279S Windows Server OS 4
CIS284S Introduction to Computer Security 4
  Health and Physical Education requirement‡ 3
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
ISTM283EA Ethical Hacker 1 3
CIS284NS Network Security Fundamentals 4
WE280CA Cooperative Education Internship3 4
  Related Elective 3
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
ISTM283D Strategic Infrastructure Security 3
ISTM283DL Strategic Infrastructure Security Lab 1
ISTM283EB Ethical Hacker2 4
ISTM297 CyberSecurity Capstone 4
  Related Elective 3
  Total Credits 96-98

1HUM202, Ethics in the Workplace is recommended
2 MTH065 or better required for graduation. Students intending to transfer must take MTH111, Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions or above, excluding MTH211. Students may not use demonstrated proficiency on the College Placement Test (CPT) to satisfy this requirement.
3 Any combination of WE280CAA, WE280CAB, WE280CAC or WE280CAD to total 4 credits.

‡ See page 10 of the printed catalog.

Related Electives

Introduction to Operating Systems
UNIX/Linus System Management
Windows Operating System
Computer Maintenance and Forensics I
Computer Maintenance and Forensics II
Computer Maintenance and Forensics III
Web Development I
Web Authoring: Client-Side Programming
Web Authoring: HTML5 and CSS3
Web Authoring: Applications
Web Authoring: XML
PL/SQL Developer OCA
Oracle Business Intelligence
SQL Server
Web Development: Content Management Systems Computer Science Orientation
Computer Science I
Computer Science II
Students planning to transfer to a four-year school must consult with the institution they will be attending as well as work with a CIS faculty adviser. In all schedule planning, it is important for the student to check the course description for prerequisite information.
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