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Program Description

Prepares learners to protect and defend critical IT infrastructure and data. This program is for learners who enjoy experimenting with technology and solving complex abstract puzzles. Learners’ ingenuity, attention to detail and analytical skills will be developed through hands on labs. Coursework will focus on analyzing the cyber threat landscape, implementing innovative controls and actively defending against attacks. Learners will also have the opportunity to earn industry recognized credentials like CompTIA Security +.

Approximate Cost

$10,501
Tuition: $9653 , Books: $848

Starting Salary

$45,401–$58,995
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

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Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

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at Wausau
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at Antigo
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at Medford
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at Phillips
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at Spencer
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at Wittenberg
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at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Develop security documentation
  • Mitigate risk
  • Analyze security data
  • Conduct security testing
  • Implement secure infrastructures
  • Identify security strategies

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Systems Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • IT Security Analyst
  • Information Systems Security
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Information Security Officer
  • Data Security Administrator

Courses

The IT - Cybersecurity Specialist Associate Degree is a 61 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

PRINCIPLES OF INFORMATION SECURITY 2.00
CISCO 1 - NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS 1 3.00
COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS 1 3.00
COMPUTER FUNDAMENTALS 2 3.00
MATH & LOGIC 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00

Second Term

WINDOWS SERVER 1 3.00
LINUX SERVER 1 3.00
CISCO 2 - NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS 2 3.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
SPEECH 3.00

Third Term

COMMAND-LINE SHELLS AND SHELL SCRIPTING 1 1.00
COMMAND-LINE SHELLS AND SHELL SCRIPTING 2 1.00
COMMAND-LINE SHELLS AND SHELL SCRIPTING 3 1.00
PROGRAMMING FOR SECURITY PROS 1.00
FOOTPRINTING AND SOCIAL ENGINEERING 1.00
VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS 1.00
SECURITY+ 1 1.00
SECURITY+ 2 1.00
SECURITY+ 3 1.00
TECHNICAL REPORTING 3.00
THINK CRITICALLY & CREATIVELY 3.00

Fourth Term

FIREWALL 1.00
CRYPTOGRAPHY 1.00
INTRUSION DETECTION SYSTEMS 1.00
MONITOR/LOG AND SECURITY AUDITING 1.00
BUSINESS CONTINUITY 1.00
INCIDENT RESPONSE 1.00
SECURITY POLICY 1.00
SECURE DESIGN 1.00
SECURITY CAPSTONE 3.00
VPN 1.00
IT CAREER SKILLS 1.00
IT INTERNSHIP 1.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

* The credit for College 101 (10-890-165) is a College Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Pathways

Pathways are a series of connected programs that enable you to advance over time to better jobs and higher levels of education and training. By earning one degree, you could also be completing several courses of a related program in a pathway, bringing you one step closer to an advanced degree.

If you begin with one of the following programs, you will earn significant credit towards this IT - Cybersecurity Specialist Associate Degree:

Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

School Name Degree Name
Colorado State University - Global Business Management
Colorado State University - Global Human Services
Colorado State University - Global Information Technology
Colorado State University - Global Project Management
Lakeland University Accounting
Lakeland University Business Administration
Lakeland University Communication
Lakeland University Computer Science
Lakeland University Criminal Justice
Lakeland University Food Safety and Quality
Lakeland University Hospitality Management
Lakeland University Management Information System
Lakeland University Marketing
Lakeland University Organizational Management
Lakeland University Psychology
Milwaukee School of Engineering Bachelor of Business Administration in Technical Sales
Northern Michigan University BS in Applied Workplace Leadership
Purdue University Global BS in Business Administration
Purdue University Global BS in Health Care Administration
Purdue University Global BS in Professional Studies
Rasmussen College Accelerated Business Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Business Systems Analysis
Rasmussen College Accelerated Criminal Justice - Leadership and Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Early Childhood Education Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Finance
Rasmussen College Accelerated Healthcare Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Human Resources and Organizational Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Human Services
Rasmussen College Accelerated Marketing-Digital Marketing
Rasmussen College Accelerated Supply Chain and Logistics Management
UW Green Bay B.A.S Organizational Leadership
UW Oshkosh BAS in Organizational Studies
UW Stevens Point Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
UW Stout BS in Career, Technical Education and Training
UW Stout BS in Management
Western Governors University BS in Computer Science
Western Governors University BS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
Western Governors University BS in Data Management/Data Analytics
Western Governors University BS in Information Technology
Western Governors University BS in Network Operations and Security
Western Governors University BS in Software Development

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