Cyber Security

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: ASCR
Number of Credits: 60

Program Description

The Cyber Security program option prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution for continued study in computer cyber security. Cyber security specialists apply computer security techniques to work with industry, government, and academia to solve computer networking and security related challenges. Students with bachelor’s degrees in computer cyber security continue their education in graduate school or enter the workforce as a network, forensic, or computer security expert.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ART​SYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements
Number Title Credits
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective 1 [H] 3
BIO or PHY Biology with Lab or Physics with Lab Electives [SL] 8
CSC 104 Computer Science Fundamentals [I] 3
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
MAT 121 Precalculus [M] 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology [SS] 3
SOC SCI Social Science Elective [SS] 3
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
CSC 109 Introduction to Programming 3
CSC 140 Introduction to Networking 2 3
CSC 141 Computer Network Security Fundamentals 2 3
CSC 151 Introduction to Computer Forensics and Investigations 2 3
CSC 225 Tactical Perimeter Defense 3
CSC 235 Strategic Infrastructure Security 3
CSC 258 Cisco Certified Network Associate 2 4
PHE 185 DC, AC Circuits and devices 4
PHE 225 Digital Electronics and Instrumentation 4

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (16 credits)
BIO or PHY Biology with Lab or Physics with Lab Elective
EGL Freshman Composition
CSC 104 Computer Science Fundamentals
CSC 109 introduction to Programming
PSY Introduction to Psychology
Spring I (17 credits)
BIO or PHY Biology with Lab or Physics with Lab Elective
CSC 140 Introduction to Networking
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
MAT 121 Precalculus
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
Fall II (13 credits)
ART/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective
CSC 141 Computer Network Security Fundamentals
CSC 151 Introduction to Computer Forensics and Investigations
PHE 185 DC, AC Circuits and Devices
Spring II (14 credits)
CSC 225 Tactical Perimeter Defense
CSC 235 Strategic Infrastructure Security
CSC 258 Cisco Certified Network Associate

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a programming language
  • Configure and secure Windows and Unix/Linux server and clients, routers, firewalls, email, networks, and other network security appliances and software
  • Demonstrate an understanding of networking standards, protocols, and the OSI model
  • Identify and describe security measures for different types of network attacks, operating systems, software, databases, websites, social engineering and physical security
  • Demonstrate an understanding of computer forensics, data acquisition, analysis, tools, and crime scene investigation and documentation requirements for corporate or legal testimony
  • Explain the function of cryptography and encryption to secure data, public key infrastructure, hashing, and digital signatures along with other data protection techniques
  • Create an effective security policy and disaster recovery plan, addressing business requirements related to confidentiality, integrity and availability

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in Cyber Security may include cyber operations, intelligence analyst, information security, computer investigation, computer forensics, and security analyst.​​

 

1 Selection may not include EGL designation.
2 Certification option courses.

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