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Catalog 2013-2014 
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Information Systems Security, AAS

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No. of Credits: 63
Contact: J. Fehr, Interim Chair, Business and Technology Division; W. Hume, Program Coordinator

This program provides sufficient knowledge to prepare students for entry-level security positions and also serves those already working in the field who wish to update their skills. On completion of the program, students will be prepared for entry-level positions in security or transfer to a four-year institution to complete a bachelor’s degree in Information Assurance or related field.

The influx of security into every aspect of information technology has created the need for a workforce skilled in implementing and managing the security infrastructure of organizations. This degree is designed around industry-accepted certifications and current industry standard techniques that prepare the students to meet these workforce needs. Graduates will have the basic knowledge of networks and operating systems concepts, a solid foundation in Cisco networking, and will be prepared to take the CCNA certification exam. This program has been certified by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) and the National Security Agency (NSA) as meeting the National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Professional. (NSTISSI No. 4011)

Security is among the fastest-growing professional career areas worldwide and career opportunities exist in government, business, and industry. Security positions are available in network, internet, database, application and wireless security with job titles including security technician, security analyst, security associate, security administrator, security specialist, security consultant, and security engineer.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions into this program is 48.

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Career Opportunities:

 information systems security technician, security analyst, security associate, security administrator, security specialist, security consultant, information assurance technicians, network security administrator, and security engineer

Transfer Options:

This program of study is part of an articulated partnership with the Univeristy of Maryland University College (UMUC).  Students successfully meeting the requirements of this associate's program can transfer the necessary credits to UMUC and complete their Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. 

 Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will...

  1. Students analyze social, professional, security, and ethical issues related to computing.
  2. Students apply industry standard information security practices to solve a variety of business and technical problems.
  3. Students demonstrate understanding of key security domain concepts (policy development, physical security, computer application security, network defense, user support, and disaster and recovery planning).   
  4. Students secure information as it exists in networks and computer systems by applying a layered security policy.
  5. Students explain as well as justify, in both oral and written form, security procedures and recommendations for a non-technical audience.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.


* Courses requiring a prerequisite

** Program option

*** special criteria for required general education courses

**** Pending MHEC approval

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