• CyberSecurity and Networking Curriculum

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Catalog Year 2018-2019

    The Networking and CyberSecurity program will both introduce new students and develop existing professionals to the rapidly expanding and important world of CyberSecurity (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. This design allows students with no training to work toward 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 csrc.nist.gov/nice/framework/). 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.

    For success in this program, entering students are recommended to be proficient in basic computer skills.

    Program Outcomes

    At the completion of this program, the student 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 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
    • Perform basic computer forensics on a variety of storage medium
    • Design an appropriate risk analysis for a given business in a particular enviro
    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS151 Introduction to Networks 4
    ISTM183A Preparation for A+ Essentials 3
    ISTM183C Fundamentals of CyberSecurity 3
    WR121 English Composition 4
    Elective: Course not already in curriculum, with prefix CIS, CS or ISTM (except CIS100, 120, 120L) 3-4
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BA267 Business Project Management or BA101 Introduction to Business 3-4
    CIS122 Computer Concepts III 4
    CIS125SS Spreadsheet 3
    CIS152 Routing and Switching Essentials 4
    ISTM183B Preparation for A+ Practical Application 3
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS153 Scaling Networks 4
    ISTM140L Linux Fundamentals 4
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 4-5
    Health and Physical Education requirement 3
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS276 SQL 4
    CIS279S Windows Server OS 4
    CIS288 Connecting Networks 3
    ISTM283CC Cyber Competition 3
    HUM202 Age of Technology or
    other Human Relations Course
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS284S Preparation for Security +
    ISTM283A Fundamentals of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity 3
    ISTM283B Firewall Implementation 3
    ISTM283C01 Cyber Operations 1 3
    ISTM284E Ethical Hacking 3
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS284NS Network Security Fundamentals 4
    ISTM283C02 Cyber Operations 2 3
    ISTM283F Practical Digital Forensics 3
    WE280CAD Coop Internship 4
    Total Credits: 96-100

    See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.

    Related Electives

    Any CIS/CS/ITSM course excluding CIS100, CIS120 and CIS120L

    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.