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Major Code: 3097
Award: AAS
CIPS Code: 11.1003
Total Credits: 62-68

Description: The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Information Technology: Network Security program is designed to focus on the necessary skills required to secure a network including the security of various operating systems and network devices. Emphasis is placed on developing the theoretical and practical skills needed to maintain security on mission-critical networking and server systems. The program is designed to meet the training needs of government and industry employees. The program covers a variety of information security disciplines which include both vendor-neutral and vendor-specific information technology (IT) security training. The Information Technology: Network Security program also focuses on the skills needed for internationally recognized IT certifications and high demands in business, industry and government. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available.

Program Notes

++ indicates any suffixed courses. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program. Students should select from the following courses in consultation with a department advisor.

Program Prerequisites

Credits: 3
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR Permission of Program Director 3

Required Courses

Credits: 37
CIS126DLLinux Operating System 3
CNT140AAIntroduction to Networks 4
CNT150AACisco - Routing and Switching Essentials 4
CNT160AAScaling Networks 4
CNT170AACisco - Connecting Networks 4
CNT205Cisco Certified Network Associate Security 4
CNT202Cisco Secure Firewall Appliance Configuration 4
ITS110Information Security Fundamentals 3
MST150++Microsoft Windows (any MST 150-level suffixed course) 3
MST157DAActive Directory Windows Server Configuration 4

Restricted Electives

Credits: 3-4
CIS238DLLinux System Administration 3
MST15+ Microsoft Windows (Any MST 150-level course)
MST2++ Microsoft (any MST 200-level course)
BPC170A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support 3
BPC270A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support 3
CNT2++ Cisco (Any CNT 200-level course)

General Education Requirements

General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
Any approved general education course in the First-Year Composition area.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
Any approved general education course in the Critical Reading area OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment.
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
MAT151College Algebra / Functions (4) 3-5
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.

Program Competencies

  • 1. Demonstrate the basic knowledge and skills to use the Linux operating system including file and directory systems, file and directory permissions, text editors, file processing, and basic shell programming. (CIS126DL)

  • 2. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to minimize threats to the security of information systems by using authentication methods, access control, cryptography, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), hardening of operating systems, infrastructure security, network security (including remote access and wireless), and the use of basic security tools. (ITS110)

  • 3. Demonstrate knowledge of network terminology and protocols, communication fundaments in Data networks and the Internet. Includes study of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, using a top down approach, cabling and cabling tools, basic Cisco router, configuration, Ethernet technologies, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, and overview of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), basic configuring and testing of the network, and network standards. (CNT140AA)

  • 4. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install, configure, customize, maintain and troubleshoot Cisco routers utilizing Advanced Internet Protocol (IP) addressing techniques, Variable Length Subnet Masking (VLSM), distance vectored and Link State dynamic routing protocols, Routing Internet Protocol version 1 (RIPv1) and version 2 (RIPv2), Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Single-area Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), and understanding the structure and behavior of routing tables. (CNT150AA)

  • 5. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to design and implement a converged switched network including switch configuration for basic functionality, implementing Virtual Local Area Networks (VLAN), VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP), and Inter-VLAN routing in a converged network and implementing a Wireless LAN (WLAN). (CNT160AA)

  • 6. Demonstrate knowledge of Wide-Area Network (WAN) technologies and network services required by converged applications in Enterprise Networks and the skills to implement and configure common data link protocols and apply WAN security concepts, principles of traffic management, access control and addressing services. (CNT170AA)

  • 7. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to design security solutions to reduce risk of revenue loss and vulnerability. (CNT205)

  • 8. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to configure and troubleshoot a remote-access network to interconnect central sites of branch offices, home offices and control access to the central site. (CNT170AA)

  • 9. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills in security policy design and management, security technologies, secure firewall design, installation, configuration and maintenance, AAA (Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting) and VPN (Virtual Private Network) implementation using firewalls. (CNT202)

  • 10. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install, configure and troubleshoot day-to-day administrative tasks in a Microsoft Windows-based environment. (MST150++)

  • 11. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to install configure and troubleshoot a Windows Server including user and group policy, file systems, data storage, domains/workgroups, security, disaster recovery and monitoring performance. (MST157DA)

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change.

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