This program is designed to provide a comprehensive program to develop a skilled workforce in the emerging field of information technology security. Managing information security programs consists of preserving information confidentiality and protection, risk management, data and system integrity, availability, authenticity, and utility. The program is based on information security concepts, principles, methods, techniques, practices, and procedures that guide today’s IT security professionals. This program prepares graduates to become employed as IT security specialists, firewall and VPN specialists, and data assurance specialists. Additionally, the program concentrates on industry-specific requirements in the health care and financial areas, as well as other institutions that currently use electronic commerce.

What Can I Do With A IT Security Specialist A.A.S. Degree?

The degree program is designed with an IT Security core curriculum combined with a set of fundamental IT courses. In addition, the program requires the completion of a traditional group of general education courses.

Job Outlook

Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

Network Security Associate, Certificate

This program provides students with entry-level skills for a profession in network security. Managing network security includes preserving information confidentiality, availability, and integrity. Network security professionals are tasked with performing network risk assessments, implementing safeguards that protect data and system integrity, implementing and maintaining system authentication systems and perimeter protection systems. This program prepares graduates to become employed as network security technicians, network firewall technicians, VPN administrators, and remote security communication support specialists.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: Network Security Associate - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $4,650 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Network Security Specialist, Certificate

This program is designed to provide a comprehensive program to develop a skilled workforce in the emerging field of information technology security. Managing information security programs consists of preserving information confidentiality and protection, risk management, data and system integrity, availability, authenticity, and utility. The program is based on information security concepts, principles, methods, techniques, practices, and procedures that guide today’s IT security professionals. This program prepares graduates to become employed as IT security specialists, firewall and VPN specialists, and data assurance specialists. Additionally, the program concentrates on industry-specific requirements in the health care and financial areas, as well as other institutions that currently use electronic commerce.

The certificate is designed for professionals returning to upgrade skills or students who are interested in obtaining employment skills in IT security professions. The certificate can be completed as a student progresses through the degree program.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name: Network Security Specialist - Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $7,970 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with N/A* of debt.

*Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Illinois

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

Program Details

Program NameType of CredentialCurriculum CodeDepartment or Division
IT Security SpecialistA.A.S.1420Computer Integrated Technologies
Network Security AssociateCertificate1360Computer Integrated Technologies
Network Security SpecialistCertificate1424Computer Integrated Technologies

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