Computer Security C.S.

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.

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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.

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.

Degree Name: Computer Security C.S.
Degree or Program: Computer Science
Degree Type: Certificate of Specialization
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.
General Education Requirements 0
  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

Courses by Semester

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
CPT 200 Systems Analysis & Design 3
CPT 246 Computer Security 3
CPC 170 CCNA1 5

Certificate Info.

Certificates of Specialization are for people who desire information or skills in a specific area that is usually related to their current job. Students must complete specific program requirements as listed under each program in the catalog. They can usually be completed in a short period of time. The credit hours earned can be applied toward a Certificate of Achievement and/or an Associate of Applied Science degree in the related field, should the student wish to continue study.