Cybersecurity

Associates of Science

The program provides preparation for students to obtain entry-level positions in the field of cybersecurity and computer crime deterrence.  It also provides preparation and assistance to students for successful transfer to other institutions of higher education, including Charter Oak State College’s Cyber Security bachelors program.  

Curriculum

This new program combines elements of both NVCC’s Criminal Justice and Computer Information Systems programs to offer students a strong grounding in understanding the investigative nature of cybersecurity in the criminal justice realm as well as gaining technical skills in computer science networking and programming.  Many classes are mapped to support industry certification testing after course completion, including CompTIA Network+, Security+ and Project+.  

Degree Program Courses Course Title Credits
Computer Information Systems CST 130 Network Essentials 1 3
Computer Information Systems CST 274 Network Security and Technology 3
Computer Information Systems CST 120 Operating Systems 3
Computer Information Systems CST or CSC or FTA 272 (Terrorism-First Responders) Any Programming, Operating Systems, Networking or Database class 3
Computer Information Systems CST 248 Department:  Business Practices In Security Management Department:  Business 3
Computer Information Systems/Criminal Justice PSY 217 Psychology of Criminal Behavior 3
Criminal Justice CJS 101 Introduction To Criminal Justice 3
Criminal Justice CJS 224 Computer Crimes 3
Criminal Justice CJS 234 Computer Security & Data Protection 3
Criminal Justice CJS 235 Information Warfare and Security 3
General Education Component    
Written Communication ENG 101 Composition 3
Written Communication Any Listed 3
Written Communication Met with Aesthetic Dimensions class -
Aesthetic Dimensions Any Listed 3
Continuing Learning/Information Literacy CSC101 Introduction To Computers 3
Critical Analysis/Logical Thinking Met with ENG 101 -
Ethical Dimensions Met with CSC 101 -
Historical Knowledge BBG 231 Business Law I 3
Oral Communication Any Listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT167 Principles Of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge Any Listed 4
Scientific Reasoning CSC252 Information Systems Project Management 3
Social Phenomena PSY 111 General Psychology I 3
TOTAL PROGRAM     61

The overall outlook for Cybersecurity careers in Connecticut is strong.  The Connecticut Department of Labor projects demand in Computer Science to increase by 17.4% between the years 2012 and 2022; Information Security Analysts (Cybersecurity) is projected to be up 18.6% in the same time frame.

Nationally more than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S at a variety of levels are unfilled and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years.  Demand for positions such as information security professionals is expected to grow by 53 percent through 2018 according to sources analyzing Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Even if the industry was able to fill the estimated 1.5 million open cyber security jobs by 2020, we’d still have a skills crisis in security,” said Marc van Zadelhoff, head of IBM Security in a May 10, 2016 Fortune article on Cybersecurity.  

According to the 2015 Travelers Business Risk Index which surveyed 1,210 business risk managers, “cyber security has moved near the top of the list of concerns for business leaders in the past year.”  The study goes on to estimate that one in 10 business believe they have experienced a cyber-attack and this number rises to 1 in 5 for large businesses. (Travelers Business Risk Index, 2015, pgs. 2, 3, 10)

Program Coordinator
Sandra Eddy
203-596-2130 (p)
203-596-8767 (f)
Room: T635