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Cybersecurity A.S. Degree

  • Cybersecurity
    Associate in Science

    ITSC-AS

    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



    Program Leadership Information

    Dr. Sharon Setterlind, Dean, SP/G, (727) 341-4724
    Laura Malave, academic chair, 7273988285

    Program Summary

    This program is designed to prepare the student to develop an organizational network and security program using risk management strategies, and to develop a strategy to address the increased growth of informational technology security concerns from regional to international environments. Students also learn how to evaluate security techniques that assist in the prevention of hackers and cyber-attacks. Students are given the opportunity to sit for the CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+, EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker and Cisco CCENT industry certifications.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • Information Security Analyst
    • Information Management Specialist
    • Network Security Administrator

    Graduation Rules

    Minimum grade of "C" required in all Support and Major courses.

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Computer/Information Literacy Competency

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    SUPPORT COURSES
    Complete 21 credits

    CET 1171CComputer Repair Essentials3
    CET 1172CComputer Support Technician3
    CET 1600Introduction to Networks3
    CET 1610Routing and Switching Essentials3
    CJE 1686Forensic Computer Related Crime Investigations3
    CGS 1309Computer and Information Technology Concepts3
    CTS 2106Fundamentals of the Linux/Unix Operating Environment3

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Complete 18 credits

    CET 2691Laws & Legal Aspects of IT Security3
    CGS 2811Incident Response & Disaster Recovery3
    CIS 1358Operating System Security3
    CTS 1120Network Security Foundations3
    CTS 1314Network Defense and Countermeasures3
    CIS 2352Ethical Hacking3

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    INTERNSHIP

    CTS 2940Cybersecurity Internship3
    Total Credits60
  • AS iconGraduates of this two-year program meet the growing need for college-educated specialists who can tackle increasingly complex information technology security concerns. In addition, our programs give you a head start on your bachelor’s degree in technology management at SPC.

  • What You Will Learn

    • Security policies
    • Intrusion detection systems
    • Router security and protocols
    • TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol)
    • Network security basics
    • Firewall implementation and management
    • Auditing tools
    • Basics of cryptography, biometrics and file encryption
    • Hardware and software designed to secure information network systems
    • Legal aspects of IT security
    • Data interpretation and report writing
    • WANs
    • Database techniques and programming
    • Fundamentals of Linux/Unix operating system
  • Continuing Your Education

    Our 18-credit-hour Cybersecurity Certificate prepares you for the CompTIA Security+™ Certification. This certificate transfers to our 63-credit-hour IT Security A.S. degree, which transfers to our bachelor's degree in Technology Development and Management.

    CT to AS to BAS icon

  • Careers

    Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high. Analysts will be needed to come up with innovative ways to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks. The federal government is expected to greatly increase its employment of information security analysts to protect the nation’s critical information technology systems. In addition, the health care industry will need greater technology security as the industry moves toward using more electronic records. Our programs prepare you for a career as:

    • Help Desk Technician
    • Network Administrator I
    • Technical Support Specialist
    • Information Technology Security Specialist