• CyberSecurity and Networking Curriculum

  • Associate of Applied Science Degree

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

    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
    Related Elective 2-3
    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
    CIS125DB Desktop Database 3
    CIS153 Scaling Networks 4
    ISTM140L Linux Fundamentals 4
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II or
    MTH095 Intermediate Algebra with Right Triangle Trigonometry or MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions1, ‡
    Health and Physical Education requirement‡ 3
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS279S Windows Server OS 4
    CIS288 Connecting Networks 3
    ISTM283CC Cyber Competition 3
    Human Relations2 3-4
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS284S Introduction to Computer Security 4
    ISTM283A Fundamentals of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity 3
    ISTM284E Ethical Hacking 3
    WE280CA Cooperative Education Internship3 4
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CIS284NS Network Security Fundamentals 4
    ISTM283F Practical Digital Forensics 3
    ISTM283T Perspectives on Terrorism 3
    ISTM297 CyberSecurity Capstone 4
    Total Credits: 92-96

    1MTH065 or higher required for graduation. Students intending to transfer must take MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions or above, excluding MTH211. A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    2HUM202 Ethics in the Workplace is recommended
    3 Any combination of WE280CAA, WE280CAB, WE280CAC or WE280CAD to total 4 credits.

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.

    Related Electives
    CIS125WP Word Processing
    CIS140 Introduction to Operating Systems
    CIS145B Computer Maintenance and Forensics II
    CIS145C Computer Maintenance and Forensics III
    CIS195 Web Development I
    CIS197CSP Web Authoring: Client-Side Programming
    CIS197HTM Web Authoring: HTML5 and CSS3
    CIS197WAA Web Authoring: Applications
    CIS197XML Web Authoring: XML
    CIS276 SQL
    CIS277 PL/SQL Developer OCA
    CIS277BI Oracle Business Intelligence
    CIS277S SQL Server
    CIS295CMS Web Development:
    Content Management Systems
    CS160 Computer Science Orientation
    CS161 Computer Science I
    CS162 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.