Computer & IT Security
High-profile data breaches and information security compromises have continued to fill the headlines in the past years. Highly visible and constant threats have created job opportunities and made this career highly rewarding. Careers in Computer and IT Security offer lucrative salaries and a challenging, fast-paced and ever-changing environment. This program will prepare you for IT Certification exams, an entry level IT security job and a pathway to transfer to a four year college to pursue further education.
- Estimated Length of Program: 2 years
- Credential Awarded: Associate in Science in Computer Information Technologies
Network security is a problem that almost every company faces, yet there are only a handful of two-year colleges nationwide that address this issue, and none in Massachusetts until now.
The biggest asset a company has is its data. The data must not be compromised, stolen, changed, or intruded upon. Graduates of this program will be prepared to assess a company's risk, document security procedures, implement those procedures, and check for security breaches in the system.
Computer security is known to be a very fast-growing field; currently there are too few professionals to fill the positions available. The shortage of information assurance professionals in the federal government alone is projected to exceed 37,000 within the next six years. Graduates with associate degrees can be hired as entry-level Internet, security, network, systems or support administrators or specialists, and are prepared to integrate new security skills into their responsibilities, and serve in corporate security teams.
Courses in this new degree option include topics such as access, control systems, network security concepts (media, LAN topologies and access methods, protocols, standards, threats and controls), cryptography, operations security, and security management.
All entering CIT majors taking one or more CIT courses will be required to have their own laptop that satisfies certain minimum specifications. Click here for a list of laptop specifications.
Upon the successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Computer Information Technologies will be awarded.