Computer Security C.S.

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Computer Security C.S.

Department: Computer Science – Networking

Total Credit Hours: 23 credits

A Certificate of Specialization in Computer Security provides an additional option for students to upgrade skills in a focused area of study. Students completing all of these courses at SCC also earn the CNSS 4011 Information Systems Security Professionals Certificate, recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) in Washington, DC.

What Is Computer Security?

Computer security professionals control access to information and prevent unauthorized tampering or disclosure of information.

Occupation Overview

Computer security specialists plan, coordinate and implement security measures for information systems. They work with company or government personnel to understand the current system and any security needs that need to be addressed. They test data processing systems to ensure proper functioning and security and modify computer security files to incorporate new software to correct errors or change access status to information. They develop plans to safeguard computer files from accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction or disclosure of information. They also develop plans to meet emergency data processing needs.

Computer security specialists install protective software or make changes to existing software. They may coordinate implementation of computer system security plans with personnel and outside vendors and build firewalls to keep unauthorized users from accessing information. They monitor data logs that report all activity on the system and look for any unusual activity.

Occupational Outlook

This field is rapidly expanding with emerging needs related to increased use of the Internet by businesses and new concerns regarding information terrorism. Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 37 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Salary Outlook

The median hourly wage for computer security analysts in Missouri is $36.87. People established in computer security careers generally earn between $52,940 and $85,830 per year. Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $105,970.

Sources: FOCUS Online Career and Education Planning Systems.

Computer Security Careers

SCC graduates are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: computer security specialist, computer forensics specialist, network security administrator, network security engineer, information systems security manager, systems security administrator, data security analyst and chief security officer.

Required Courses

SCC Institutional Requirements

  • Complete specific program requirements as listed below.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 credit hours or the certificate requirements whichever is less at SCC.
  • Earn a 2.00 cumulative grade point average.
General Education Requirements (0 credits)
Core Course Requirements (23 credits)
CPT/BUS 105 Computer Ethics 3
CPT 115 Introduction to Data Processing 3
CPT 121 Basics of Data Communications 2
CPT 165 Programming Logic 3
CPT 200 Systems Analysis and Design 3
CPT 246 Computer Security 3
CPC 170 CCNA1 5
Total Required Hours: 23 credits

Suggested Schedule Planning

First Semester (12 credits)
CPT/BUS 105 Computer Ethics 3
CPT 115 Introduction to Data Processing 3
CPT 121 Basics of Data Communications 3
CPT 165 Programming Logic 3
Second Semester (11 credits)
CPT 200 Systems Analysis & Design 3
CPT 246 Computer Security 3
CPC 170 CCNA1 5
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 23 credits

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Michele Williams,
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Michael Fuszner,
Program Chair
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