Cyber Security A.A.S.

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Cyber Security A.A.S.

Department: Information Technology

Total Credit Hours: 71 credits

What Is Cyber Security?

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

Occupational Outlook

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases. Duties typically include:

  • Monitor their organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
  • Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
  • Prepare reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
  • Conduct penetration testing, which is when analysts simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their systems before they can be exploited
  • Research the latest information technology (IT) security trends
  • Develop security standards and best practices for their organization
  • Recommend security enhancements to management or senior IT staff
  • Help computer users when they need to install or learn about new security products and procedures
  • IT security analysts are heavily involved with creating their organization’s disaster recovery plan, a procedure that IT employees follow in case of emergency. These plans allow for the continued operation of an organization’s IT department. The recovery plan includes preventive measures such as regularly copying and transferring data to an offsite location. It also involves plans to restore proper IT functioning after a disaster. Analysts continually test the steps in their recovery plans
  • Information security analysts must stay up to date on IT security and on the latest methods attackers are using to infiltrate computer systems. Analysts need to research new security technology to decide what will most effectively protect their organization.

Salary Outlook

The median annual wage for information security analysts is $95,510.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Cyber Security Careers

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

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (24-25 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 Applied Mathematics 3
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
COM 101 or Oral Communication or 3
COM 106 or Public Speaking or
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
ENG 102 or English Composition II or 3
ENG 115 or Technical Writing or
ENG 125 Business Writing
Social Science HIS 101 or US History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or US History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or US History Since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO or Any Biology Course or 3
Any CHM or Any Chemistry Course or
Any PHY Any Physical Science Course
Humanities CPT 105 Ethics in Technology 3
Elective CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (45 credits)
CPC 125 Windows Desktop OS 3
CPC 170 CCNA1 4
CPC 171 CCNA2 4
CPC 202 Windows Server & Active Directory 3
CPC 290 Virtualization Technologies 4
CPC 245 CCNA Security 4
CPC 155 Programming for System Administrators 3
CPC 180 Introduction to Linux 3
CPC 260 Linux Administration 3
CPC 160 Security Fundamentals 3
CPC 161 Digital Forensics 3
CPC 162 Ethical Hacking 3
CPC 261 Penetration Testing 3
CPC 262 CISSP 3
Total Required Hours: 69-70 credits

Suggested Schedule Planning

CourseTitleCredits
First Semester (17 credits)
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
HIS 101 or US History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or US History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or US History Since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
CPC 180 Introduction to Linux 3
CPC 170  CCNA1 4
CPC 171 CCNA2 4
Second Semester (19 credits)
ENG 102 or English Composition II or 3
ENG 115 or Technical Writing or
ENG 125 Business Writing
CPT 105 Ethics in Technology 3
CPC 125 Windows Desktop OS 3
CPC 260 Linux Administration 3
CPC 160 Security Fundamentals 3
CPC 245 CCNA Security 4
Third Semester (18 credits)
COM 101 or Oral Communications or 3
COM 106 or Public Speaking or
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication
MAT 105 or higher Applied Mathematics 3
CPC 155  Programming for System Administrators 3
CPC 202  Windows Desktop Operating Systems 3
CPC 161  Computer Forensics 3
CPC 162  Ethical Hacking 3
Fourth Semester (15 credits)
Natural Science Any BIO, CHM or PHY 3
CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
CPC 261  Penetration testing 3
CPC 262  CISSP 3
CPC 290 Virtualization Technologies 3
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 69-70 credits

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