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Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Prof. Sabum Anyangwe, 443-412-2466,; or Advising, Career, and Transfer Services, 443-412-2301.

This degree program prepares students to enter the high-demand field of information technology security. With the increase of viruses and other security breeches, companies need professionals who can protect their data and equipment from internal and external security threats. Students in this program gain hands-on experience with the latest hardware and software and learn to implement appropriate security policies and procedures. Students planning to transfer should select electives according to the requirements of the receiving institution.

Upon successful completion of this program of study students will be able to:
  1. Apply software patches to operating systems and applications
  2. Assess a computer system's security vulnerabilities using appropriate resources
  3. Use standard software tools to detect attempted security breaches of computer systems
  4. Implement computer network security defenses
  5. Sit for CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) certificate examinations if desired

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, computer security specialists plan, coordinate, and maintain an organizationís information security. These workers educate users about computer security, install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber attacks, and, in some cases, gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cyber crime. The responsibilities of computer security specialists have increased in recent years as cyber attacks have become more sophisticated. Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average, and job prospects should be excellent. Overall employment may increase by as much as 50% from 2008 to 2018. Growth will also be driven by the increasing need for information security. As cyber attacks become more sophisticated, demand will increase for workers with security skills.

Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
  Behavioral/Social Science  Arts/Humanities
  Biological/Physical Science  English Composition
  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues  Mathematics
  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
TO SATISFY THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course . It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit , , course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.

Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
BA 101Introduction to Business 3
CIS 102Introduction to Information Sciences 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
PHIL 221Business Ethics 3
Mathematics Elective 3-4
Physical Education/Fitness Elective1
 Semester Total16-17
Second Semester Credits
CIS 135Introduction to Networks 3
CIS 104Computer Operating Systems 3
CIS 210Fundamentals of Network Security 3
ISS 111Cisco 1 4
ISS 112Cisco 2 4
 Semester Total17
Third Semester   Credits
BA 225Project Management 3
CIS 211MS Windows Server Operating System 3
ISS 213Cisco 3 4
ISS 214Cisco 4 4
ISS 220Strategic Infrastructure Security 3
Physical Education Elective1
 Semester Total18
Fourth Semester Credits
ENG 209Technical Writing 3
ISS 221Network Defense & Countermeasures 3
ISS 222Computer Forensics 3
Biological/Physical Lab Science Elective 4
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Total16