IT-Network Security Specialist

Program Number: 10-150-3

  • Two-year Associate Degree program
  • Information Technology Program Cluster
  • Center for Agriscience and Technologies
  • Program offered at the following campuses:
    • Truax, Madison
  • Cohort Curriculum Sheets:
  • For information call: (608) 246-6800 or 1-800-322-6282 ext 6800

    About the Program


    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.

    • High School Diploma or equivalent (HSED or GED)
      • HSED/GED scores must have a total of 230 (2300) with each area at least a score of 40 (400)
    • GPA of 2.0
      • Minimum of 1.50 GPA on a probationary status
      • College GPA is also considered
      • If high school GPA is lower than 2.00, but college (minimum of 12 credits) is higher, student is eligible for admittance
      • If person has been denied, for either the high school or college GPA being lower than 1.50, establishing a "new" GPA with 12 credits of 2.00 or higher will allow admittance in a subsequent semester
    • Recommended minimum working computer knowledge of Windows

    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:

    • Two Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP) exams



    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.



    • Network Security Specialist
    • Cyber Security Professional




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