Cybersecurity | Degree and Transfer programs
Associate of Science

Cyber Security

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Program Overview

Program Overview

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.

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  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in public and private accounting. Typical positions for which graduates are qualified include: information security analysts, criminal justice, network information security analyst, IT security administrator
  • Students may seamlessly transfer to Charter Oak and complete their BA online.


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Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities

 

Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

Quick Facts

Cyber Security Quick Facts

Get on a Path Towards Job-Readiness
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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.

Obtain the Skills that are In-Demand
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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. Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Work in a Steadily Growing Field
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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.

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A Job-Ready Program Placing Students in an In-Demand Field

Combining elements of NVCC’s Criminal Justice and Computer Information Systems programs, the cyber security program offers students a strong grounding in understanding the investigative nature of cyber security 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+. 

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)

“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 Cyber Security.

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Program Requirements

Cyber Security A.S.

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics CSC*H101 Introduction to Computers 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge BBG*H231 Business Law 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communications listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*167 Principles of Statistics1 3
Scientific Knowledge◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 4
Scientific Reasoning CSC*H252 Information Systems Project Management 3
Social Phenomena PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirements CST*H130 Network Essentials I 3
CST*H274 Network Security and Technology 3
CST*H120 Introduction to Operating Systems or CSC Elective
Any Programming, Operating Systems, Networking or Database course
3
FTA*H272 Terrorism, First Responders or CST or CSC Elective
Any Programming, Operating Systems, Networking or Database course
3
PSY*H217 Psychology of Criminal Behavior 3
CST*H248 Practices in Security Management 3
CJS*H101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS*H224 Computer Crimes 3
CJS*H234 Computer Security and Data Protection 3
CJS*H235 Information Warfare and Security 3

Total Credits: 61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Students planning to transfer to a 4-year school should plan to complete MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics or MAT*H172 College Algebra.

Scientific Knowledge must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the landscape, key terms, challenges and concepts related to the many layers of cybersecurity. Methodologies include quizzes, tests, written work, and presentations.
  2. Explain fundamental architectures of networks (networks build on each other) and demonstrate an understanding of network security. Methodologies include quizzes, tests, written work, presentations, and case studies.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical issues and concepts associated with cybersecurity responsibilities. Methodologies include exams, quizzes, and written work.
  4. Effectively communicate technical information and approaches for incident analysis and response verbally, in writing, and in presentations. Methodologies include written work and presentations.
  5. Determine if and when criminal charges will be initiated for different security breaches. Analyze range of security breaches and identify if/when criminal charges are appropriate. Methodologies: case studies.
  6. Apply counter measures that would secure network systems against threats. Methodologies: case studies.
  7. Identify and discuss career opportunities and the necessary skills that will increase the likelihood of success in the field of cybersecurity, e.g., technical skills, network certifications, interpersonal communications, critical thinking, and leadership skills. Methodologies include presentations and case studies.

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Academic & Transfer

Transfer options are available for students who choose this course of study.  Talk with your advisor.

Career Paths

The overall outlook for cyber security 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 (cyber security) is projected to be up 18.6% in the same time frame. Nationally more than 209,000 cyber security 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 Cyber Security.  

Potential career paths in cyber security include:

  • Information Security Analysts
  • Criminal Justice
  • Network Information Security Analyst
  • IT Security Administrator

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