Associate of Applied Science in Network Systems Technology - Cyber Security Major
The Network Systems and Cyber Security program is offered exclusively at Hocking College’s Logan Campus.
Securing data systems is a major ongoing challenge in today's world, and our Network Systems and Cyber Security degree program can prepare you to enter this exciting and challenging field. There is a growing need for more hands-on experienced professionals. Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 37 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It is an analyst’s job to fix cyber attack issues to prevent hackers from stealing data or creating havoc within networks. Information security analysts’ responsibilities continue to expand as the number of cyber attacks increase, leading to an increase in the number of professionals needed in the field today.
Some of the leading industries for cyber security professionals are finance and insurance, information, computer systems and management. Our program prepares students for the numerous career opportunities in such industries demanding cyber security analysts.
Students in the program will be exposed to reality-based situations and projects assisted by experienced faculty members. The program will prepare students to be technically proficient in both operating systems and networking technologies by practicing specific disciplines and responsibilities that occur in real companies.
Hocking College is a Cisco Networking Academy partner. The Cisco Networking Academy is highly regarded for its hands-on learning approach to the IT field, and provides a curriculum based on the current trends in the industry and the skills required for IT specialists.
As a security professional, you must be technically proficient in both operating systems and networking technologies. The first year of the program focuses on developing skills in these areas. During the second year, security is the focus. Some skills students will develop include network analysis (packet sniffing), cryptography and VPNs, intrusion detection and prevention systems, firewalls, wireless networking and wireless security, penetration testing and ethical hacking.
Many employers prefer candidates to have general certifications to show knowledge in specific areas. Several courses in this curriculum specifically cover the topics of these industry certification exams: Cisco CCENT, CompTIA Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker and Cisco CCNA Security. Students pursuing a career as an IT security specialist may want to pursue and obtain one or more of these certifications to show specialized knowledge in specific subject areas.
The courses needed for the cyber security program are sequential in order to attain skills and experience needed for the challenging field. Students are encouraged to begin autumn semester if they wish to complete the degree on time. However, students may enter the program at the start of any semester with the understanding that completion of the degree will take longer than two years.
The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Network Systems Technology - Cyber Security Major:
- Analyze a problem and develop a logical plan for a solution;
- Design, implement, maintain and troubleshoot a small business network;
- Document network architecture, hardware and software;
- Perform common and administrative tasks on multiple operating platforms;
- Identify and describe the characteristics of protocols used in networking;
- Identify and describe current trends in cyber security;
- Install and configure PC-based security software (anti-virus, anti-malware, password management and browser-based);
- Utilize current industry tools to identify, analyze and document network traffic;
- Configure a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for secure communication over insecure networks;
- Configure and implement firewalls to protect network infrastructure;
- Install, configure and implement a secure wireless network infrastructure;
- Identify and utilize resources for continuous professional growth and development;
- Exhibit professional work ethic and professional conduct; and,
- Interact effectively in both technical and non-technical environments.
Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security and Network Systems
Course of Study
For students entering May 2016
|COURSE NO.||FIRST SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|NET-1111||Cisco I - Introduction to Networks||2.00||4.00||4.00||$140.00|
|NET-1120||Computer Hardware & Op Systems||1.00||4.00||3.00||$125.00|
|MICS-1141||Introduction to Word & Excel||0.00||2.00||1.00||$70.00|
|ENGL-1510||English Composition I||4.00||0.00||4.00||$50.00|
|COURSE NO.||SECOND SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|NET-1112||Cisco II - Routing and Switching Essent||2.00||4.00||4.00||$140.00|
|COURSE NO.||THIRD SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|CYBR-2100||Cyber Ethics and Cyber Law||3.00||0.00||3.00||$100.00|
|CYBR-2102||Cisco CCNA Security||2.00||2.00||3.00||$140.00|
|NET-2201||Network Applications (SL/CR)||2.00||2.00||3.00||$160.00|
|COURSE NO.||FOURTH SEMESTER||Class Hours||Lab Hours||Credit Hours||Course Fee|
|NET-2215||Network Systems Security||2.00||2.00||3.00||$130.00|
|ENGL-1104||Job Search Techniques||1.00||0.00||1.00||$15.00|
|***||Natural Science Elective||0.00||0.00||3.00|
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Hocking College reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and industry groups, employment opportunities in networking with a cyber security focus are expected to be much better than average for the foreseeable future. As more companies are moving online, the demand for cyber security professionals is rapidly increasing in numerous industries across the United States. Most computer jobs, especially those with large companies, are found in metropolitan areas, which may require relocation after graduation.
Typically, students would enter the field as a network technician or network operator. After further experience, job titles would include IT security specialist, infosec technician, information security manager, IT security analyst and network security consultant.
Graduates also have the ability to continue their education at a four-year college or university, usually as a junior, through transfer opportunities.