The Information Technology-Network Security Specialist degree program is a two-year program that provides comprehensive instruction in those aspects of computing systems and networks that have an important impact on data confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Emphasis is placed on vigilant security awareness throughout the curriculum. The program introduces the student to computer network threats and the appropriate incident response and includes defenses, countermeasures and computer forensics.
Students are exposed to scenarios reflecting the legal and ethical issues associated with information security. Extensive hands-on labs help students build practical experience in configuring a variety of network operating systems, firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), packet filers and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) to maximize information security in the network
Program outcomes state what a graduate needs to be able to do with the essential knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behaviors acquired in a specific Madison College program. The program outcomes communicate expectations to students, as well as other academic institutions and potential employers. The identification and assessment of program outcomes support Madison College's efforts in documenting student learning and provide a context for the faculty's academic planning.
Admissions Requirements for All Applications Submitted for the Current Academic Year
You must meet Admissions Requirements (see below). To apply for the program, follow the admission procedures, including submitting the completed application, application/processing fees, and transcripts.
Definitions and Guidelines
10-107-198 Networking and Communications 2 must be completed within one (1) year of taking 10-107-197 Networking and Communications 1.
We only transfer in equivalent college work if the grade is a C or better. (We do not transfer in C- graded course work).
Advanced Standing cannot exceed 50% of the required credits for the program.
The program prepares graduates to take a number of certification exams in the security field, including:
Network Security Specialists will initially be involved in all facets of network installation and management. With a proven employment history, they can expect to eventually be incorporated into the information security infrastructure of the organization. Typical duties might include participation in a rapid incident response team to quickly thwart information security attacks against the organization, performing risk assessments and designing security to address those risks, designing and implementing security in network operating systems, evaluating corporate security polices, review of all project development plans to ensure compliance with security policy, evaluating and installing security tools, advising management on emerging vulnerabilities, and developing and disseminating information security awareness presentations throughout the organization.