Cybersecurity

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) - 60 credits

About this program
This program provides the skills to support and maintain information technology (IT) systems including overall computer knowledge, networking skills, application software and IT security. Students will gain hands-on experience working with routing and switching, server virtualization and private cloud computing environments. Students will explore the concepts of risk, threats, vulnerabilities, attack vectors and exploits while analyzing known security incidents. Students will write policies and apply policies and recommended security framework controls and countermeasures to decrease risk. Courses in this degree program prepare students for the CompTIA Security + and Cisco CCENT certifications.
Program outcomes
  1. Use mechanisms available in an operating system to control access to resources.
  2. Configure infrastructure server roles.
  3. Investigate various countermeasures and security controls to minimize risk and exposure.
  4. Support the ethical responsibility of ensuring software correctness, reliability and safety.
  5. Illustrate through examples the concepts of risk, threats, vulnerabilities, attack vectors and exploits, noting there is no such thing as a perfect security.
  6. Analyze known security incidents to trace and document the steps in the incident.
  7. Develop technical artifacts.
  8. Examine ethical issues related to cybersecurity.
  9. Write a company-wide security policy.
  10. Communicate effectively and efficiently with clients, users and peers.
  11. Design and build virtual computing environments.
  12. Use a variety of ciphers to encrypt plaintext into ciphertext.
  13. Construct input validation and data sanitization in applications, considering adversarial control of the input channel.
Accreditation
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org Phone: 312.263.0456 / 800.621.7440
Tracks

Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
48 Required courses
6 Restricted electives in courses
6 Restricted electives in course types
60 Total

Network Administration and Security - AAS

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
CPTR1001 Introduction To Programming and Scripting 3
CPTR1106 Microcomputer Databases 3
CPTR1108 CISCO 1 3
CPTR1118 CISCO 2 3
CPTR1122 Microcomputer Maintenance 3
CPTR2224 Linux I 3
CPTR2236 Network Security 3
CPTR2245 Enterprise Network Technologies 3
CPTR2272 Network Operating Systems 3
CSCI1110 Informatics 3
CSEC2204 Managing Directory Services 3
CSEC2210 Security Breaches and Countermeasures 3
CSEC2228 Network Defense 3
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
HUM2236 Technology in the Humanities 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
CPTR2200 CISCO 3 3
CPTR2208 CISCO 4 3
CPTR2234 Linux II 3
CPTR2250 IT Supervised Occupational Experience 3
CPTR2260 Advanced Structured Query Language 3
CPTR2294 Internship 3
CPTR2296 Topics in Computers 3
CSCI1122 Computer Science II 4

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
CPTR1170 Web Engineering I 3
CPTR1178 Robotics 3
CPTR2230 Structured Query Language 3
CSCI1121 Computer Science I 4
CSEC2212 Web Security 3

6 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals
Plans

PDF downloads:

1st Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
COMM1120 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
CPTR1106 Microcomputer Databases 3
CPTR1122 Microcomputer Maintenance 3
CSCI1110 Informatics 3
ENGL1101 College Writing 3

1st Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
CPTR1001 Introduction To Programming and Scripting 3
CPTR1108 CISCO 1 3
CPTR2272 Network Operating Systems 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
CPTR1170 Web Engineering I 3
CPTR1178 Robotics 3
CPTR2230 Structured Query Language 3
CSCI1121 Computer Science I 4
CSEC2212 Web Security 3

3 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals

2nd Fall Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
CPTR1118 CISCO 2 3
CPTR2224 Linux I 3
CSEC2204 Managing Directory Services 3
HUM2236 Technology in the Humanities 3

3 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals

2nd Spring Term - 15 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
CPTR2236 Network Security 3
CPTR2245 Enterprise Network Technologies 3
CSEC2210 Security Breaches and Countermeasures 3
CSEC2228 Network Defense 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
CPTR2200 CISCO 3 3
CPTR2208 CISCO 4 3
CPTR2234 Linux II 3
CPTR2250 IT Supervised Occupational Experience 3
CPTR2260 Advanced Structured Query Language 3
CPTR2294 Internship 3
CPTR2296 Topics in Computers 3
CSCI1122 Computer Science II 4