WIP: Computer Security & Networking

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Computer Security & Networking

If you are looking for a career where you can solve interesting puzzles, help keep America safe, and that has zero percent unemployment then Computer Security and Networking may be for you.  Our students design, build, secure, and test networks and IT infrastructure to learn the hands-on skills employers want.  Our students are also prepared for a variety of CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, and Linux certifications to start your career strong.  

Career Opportunities

This program prepares you for entry level positions in information technology, cyber security, networking, and help desk.  Some example job titles may include: 

  • Help Desk Associate 
  • Desktop Support  
  • Network Administrator 
  • Windows Administrator 
     
  • Linux Administrator 
  • IT Analyst Level 1 
  • Cybersecurity Specialist 
  • Cybersecurity Auditor 
     

Degrees & Certificates

Explore the degrees and certificates offered by Computer Security & Networking.

Associate in Science (AS), Computer Security & Networking 

Plan Code: 2125 – The degree is designed to provide students with a professional, current, and strategically designed set of classes to secure entry-level employment in IT, networking, wireless, and security administration or to benefit them in the transfer to a related four-year degree program. 

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Install, configure, manage and troubleshoot a small office or home office network (wired or wireless).
  • Secure wired and wireless networks.
  • Install, configure and manage client and server operating systems.
  • Harden servers against intrusion.

Certificate of Achievement, Computer Security & Networking 

Plan Code: 3125 – This Certificate of Achievement provides learners with the necessary skills for entering the Computer Networking and Security field.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Install, configure, manage, and troubleshoot a small office/home office network (wired or wireless).
  • Secure wired and wireless networks.
  • Install, configure, and manage client and server operating systems.
  • Harden servers against intrusion.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Microsoft Windows Networking Technician 

Plan Code: 4086 – Students will learn the skills to connect computers, devices, and people.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Set up and construct a secure peer-to-peer and client server network.
  • Install, configure, and backup mobile devices.
  • Understand operating system configurations.
  • Understand server roles.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Cyber Security 

Plan Code: 4106 – Students will learn the skills to investigate cyber-attacks or stop them before they even begin.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Set up and construct a secure peer-to-peer and client server network.
  • Secure mobile devices and wireless networks.
  • Examine general security concepts and communication security.
  • Use forensic tools to extract digital evidence.
  • Harden networks against reconnaissance and penetration.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Computer Hardware Technician 

Plan Code: 4126 – Students learn the in-demand skills for running wired and wireless networks and prepare for a career in IT.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Analyze common software and hardware problems on personal computers.
  • Distinguish and explain the introductory core computer and IT concepts and technology that are used personally, in society, in government, and business.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Computer
Network Technician

Plan Code: 4125 – Students learn the in-demand skills for running wired and wireless networks and prepare for a career in IT.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Distinguish the differences between local area networks and wide area networks from a hardware and protocol point of view.
  • Compare and contrast various wired and wireless networking technologies.

Certificate of Accomplishment, Unix Network Administrator

Plan Code: 4921 – Students learn the skills to get an entry-level job configuring, administering and securing a UNIX/Linux network.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

  • Install, configure, and secure a Linux server.
  • Install, configure and secure a Linux network and services.
  • Describe and document a Linux network in relation to the OSI model.

Course offerings

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BCOM 15
Business Communications
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COSA 50
Introduction to IT Concepts & Applications

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COSN 5
Computer Hardware Fundamentals
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COSN 10
Networking Fundamentals

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COSN 205
UNIX/LINUX Fundamentals

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COSN 225
Microsoft Windows Client

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COSN 299
Security and Networking Capstone

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COSS 271
Network Security Fundamentals

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Course Descriptions

FAQ

What industry Certifications does this program prepare me for? 

Not all of our classes map directly to an industry certification but many classes do.  A partial list would include: 

Course Code/Name Certificate
COSS 271
Network Security Fundamentals

CompTIA Security+ 

COSN 10
Networking Fundamentals

CompTIA Network+ 

COSN 5
Computer Hardware Fundamentals

CompTIA A+ 

COSN 225
Microsoft Windows Client

MCSA Exam 70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10

COSN 205
UNIX/LINUX Fundamentals
COSN 210
LINUX Server Administration
COSN 215
LINUX Networking and Security

Linux Professional Institute Level 1 

check out more Industry Certifications offered by COS department.

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What will I learn in this program? 

Students learn the skills they need to get entry level jobs in the field, including:

  • Network configuration, security, and troubleshooting.
  • Configuring firewalls and anti-virus software.
  • Deploying and managing Windows environments using Active Directory.
  • Configuring, securing, and administrating Linux servers.
  • Network penetration and hardening.
  • Analyze software and hardware for security vulnerabilities and risks. 
  • Monitor for external intrusions, attacks, and hacks.

What can I do to protect my computer system? 

Please visit our Cyber Defense Center and discover great tips for Cyber Defense.

What classes should I take to get started? 

The full course sequence, available on this web page, recommends students start with the following courses: 

Course Code Course Name
COSA 50 Introduction to IT Concepts & Applications
COSN 10 Networking Fundamentals
COSN 5 Computer Hardware Fundamentals