Cybersecurity - Associate Degree
Cybersecurity careers are at the forefront of information technology. IT security professionals are needed to prevent hackers from stealing vital data and to protect computer operations. Cybersecurity technologists are responsible for network security infrastructure, security application software, and security monitoring. Typical career opportunities in this field range from firewall administrators to intrusion detection administrators to security technology consultants. Responsibilities can include firewall administration, network security configuration and support, and security monitoring – all focused on developing and maintaining a secure network. Graduates of this associate degree are also prepared to pursue mainstream vendor certifications with additional study.
Follow Your Path
All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
611504, Networking Pathway Certificate
- Online: Some online courses may be delivered at specific times each week.
How do I get started in this program?
Requirements for Program Entry
- Apply at www.nwtc.edu/apply
- Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at email@example.com or 920-498-5444.
What are my courses?
Students following the study plan below will complete the Cybersecurity Associate Degree in the number of semesters shown.
- Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
- Install network hardware including interface cards and cabling
- Create effective user environments using Microsoft and UNIX/LINUX operating systems
- Install and configure network and desktop operating system software
- Install and configure application software
- Exercise structured problem solving techniques
- Develop technical documentation for network configuration and security
- Communicate technical information effectively
- Maintain computer hardware and peripherals
- Implement and configure wide area network (WAN) services
- Detect, analyze, and defend against network and system penetration
- Maintain data, confidentiality, and integrity through data and communication encryption
What careers are in my future?
A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:
- Firewall Administrator
- IDS/IPS Administrator
- Systems Security Analyst
What's next after graduation?
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NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.
What else do I need to know about the program?
Study Abroad Opportunities
The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.
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Classes wherever you have an internet connection.
- An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
- Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
- Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
- A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
- 12 or more credits per term.
- Fewer than 12 credits per term.