Cyber Security A.A.S.

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Cyber Security A.A.S.

Department: Computer Science – Networking

Total Credit Hours: 71 credits

The AAS degree in Cyber Security helps IT professionals build cyber security skills used to help protect corporate networks. Students learn how a hacker compromises secure networks, how to set up defenses against hackers, and how to gather forensic evidence if an intrusion occurs. The focus is on understanding the technologies so that cyber attacks may be more fully discovered, analyzed and prevented.

What Is Cyber Security?

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

Occupation Overview

Cyber 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.

Cyber 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 cyber security analysts in Missouri is $36.87. People established in information 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.

Exceptional performers can earn in excess of $105,970.

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 and chief security officer.

Required Courses

SubjectCourseTitleCredits
General Education Requirements (25 credits)
Mathematics MAT 121 Intermediate Algebra 4
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
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
Humanities CPT 105 Computer Ethics 3
Elective CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (46 credits)
CPC 107 IT Technical Support (A+) 5
CPC 170 CCNA1 5
CPC 171 CCNA2 5
CPC 202 Windows Server & Active Directory 5
CPC 290 Virtualization Technologies 3
CPC 245 CCNA Security 5
CPC 155 Cyber Security Essentials 3
CPC 180 Introduction to Linux 3
CPC 260 Linux Administration 3
CPC 160 Security Fundamentals 3
CPC 161 Computer Forensics 3
CPC 162 Ethical Hacking 3
Total Required Hours: 71 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 or
CPC 107 IT Technical Support (A+)  5
CPC 160 Security Fundamentals  3
CPC 180 Introduction to UNIX/Linux 3
Second Semester (17 credits)
ENG 102 or English Composition II 3
ENG 115 or Technical Writing
ENG 125 Business Writing
MAT 121 Intermediate Algebra 4
CPC 170 CCNA1 5
CPC 171 CCNA2 5
Third Semester (19 credits)
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
Any BIO or Any Biology Course 3
Any CHM or  Any Chemistry Course
Any PHY  Any Physical Science
CPC 155 Cyber Security Essentials 3
CPC 202 Windows Server and Active Directory 5
CPC 245 CCNA Security 5
Fourth Semester (18 credits)
CPT 105 Computer Ethics 3
CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
CPC 161 Computer Forensics 3
CPC 260 UNIX/Linux Administration 3
CPC 162 Ethical Hacking 3
CPC 290 Virtualization Technologies 3
Total Hours Required for Graduation: 71 credits

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