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    Apr 14, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology Cyber Defense Option, A.A.S.

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This program prepares students for entry-level employment in information assurance and cybersecurity. The program combines both networking and systems administration fundamentals, with a focus on defensive strategies to securing networks and systems.

The Cyber Defense option emphasizes computer security and information assurance concepts augmented with current accepted security practices. Topics cover threats and vulnerabilities, prevention at the technical and human levels, detection, response, and management aspects of security.

Upon completion, students may seek various industry certification credentials such as CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Linux+, Cisco Certified Entry Level Technician (CCENT), Cisco CCNA Security, and Cisco CCNA Cybersecurity Operations.

I. General Education Core (15)

Area A: Communication (6 credits)

Area C: Mathematics (3 credits)

Area D: Physical and Life Sciences (3 credits)

Select one course from Area D   (3)

Area B: Humanities and Fine Arts or Area E: Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)

Select one course from Area B   (3) or Area E   (3)

Program Total: 60 credits


Due to the rapid change of technology in IT fields, there is a five year time limit on applying courses with IT, ITAPP, ITNET, ITPRG, and ITWEB prefixes to this program. Information Technology will accept returning student courses that are 5-7 years old if the student received a grade of “A” or “B” for the course. If the student did not receive a grade of “A” or “B” for the course and the course is older than 5 years, the course will not be accepted for completion of any IT degree or program. Courses beyond 7 years, with any grade, will not be accepted for this program.

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