CATALOG: Advanced Networking and Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate

Length: 27 credits

Purpose:
The Advanced Career Studies Certificate in Networking and Cybersecurity is designed to provide entry-level expertise in security. Additionally, it would provide current employees within the field opportunities for continued education. This CSC is a stackable credential for students completing the Basic Networking and Cybersecurity CSC.

It will provide students both theoretical and technical education in networking and cybersecurity, which will prepare them to be competent and confident professionals ready to enter and be successful in this field. The Advanced Career Studies Certificate is designed to introduce students to a variety of cybersecurity areas including routing basics, hacking, e-commerce and the legal issues of the field. Students who wish to transfer to a degree program are encouraged to take the necessary general education courses in addition to completing the program content.

This career studies curriculum helps prepare students for CompTIA Security + certification exams.
Program Requirements:
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the curriculum.

Students seeking this certificate should discuss their needs with a program advisor before registering.  Students may receive credit for prior learning for ITE 100 and ITN 101.  Contact the ITE program head to determine if you are eligible for this.

Admission Requirements:

Students must meet the general admission requirements of the college. Students seeking this certificate should discuss their needs with a program advisor before registering.  Students may receive credit for prior learning for ITE 100 and ITN 101.  Contact the ITE program head to determine if you are eligible for this.

Employment:
Globally, Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions globally by 2021.  According to CyberSeek, in 2017 the U.S. employs nearly 780,000 people in cybersecurity positions, with approximately 350,000 current cybersecurity openings.

Many of the positions that students are prepared for are that of:

  • Security Analyst – Salaries are noted as starting at $52,918
  • Security Architect – Salaries are noted as starting at $54,000
  • Security Software Development– Salaries are noted as starting at $59,000
  • Security/Network Engineer – Salaries are noted as starting at $77,000
  • Network Administrator – Salaries are noted as starting at $46,000
  • Security Consultant – Salaries are noted as starting at $44,000

Information from Glassdoor Salaries.

Locally, based on Indeed job search (2/20/18) for Dahlgren, VA; there are 343 jobs available in the field.

Course # Course Title Lecture Lab Credits
ITE 100 Introduction to InformationSystems1 3 0  3
ITN 101 or ITN 150 Introduction to NetworkConcepts or  Networking Fundamentalsand Introductory Routing-Cisco 3  0 3
ITN 260 Network Security Basics 3 0 3
ITP 175 Concepts of Programming Language2 3 0 3
ITN 261 Network Attacks, Computer Crime, and Hacking 3 0 3
ITN 262 Network Communication, Security, and Authentication 3 0 3
ITN 263 Internet/Intranet Firewalls and E-Commerce Security 3 0 3
ITN 266 Network Security Layers 3 0 3
ITN 267 Legal Topics in Network Security 3 0 3

Curriculum Total Credit Hours: 27

1 May replace with ITE 115 or ITE 119.
2 May replace with ITP 120 or ITN 151.