IT-Cybersecurity Specialist

Associate Degree

Area of Study: Information Technology

Program number: 101512


The IT-Cybersecurity Specialist associate degree program at Madison College provides comprehensive instruction in 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 IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program introduces the student to computer network threats and the appropriate incident response, to include defenses, countermeasures and computer forensics. Students are exposed to scenarios reflecting the legal and ethical issues associated with information security. Extensive hands-on labs build practical experience in configuring a variety of network operating systems, firewalls, virtual private networks (VPN), packet filters and intrusion detection systems (IDS) to maximize information security in the network.

Program Details

Students in the IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program can attend full or part time.

IT-Cybersecurity Specialist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

**note that if starting in Spring term, it may take five semesters to complete program.
Courses core to the IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program will only be offered during the daytime for students accepted in the Spring term.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

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After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


After completing the IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Configure, maintain, troubleshoot and secure routers, switches, firewalls and virtual private networks.
  • Detect, analyze and defend against network and system penetration.
  • Maintain data, confidentiality and integrity through data and communication encryption.
  • Install, configure, troubleshoot and secure devices in the network (workstations, servers).
  • Solve problems individually and in a team environment.
  • Gather, interpret and analyze data in forensic security investigations.
  • Determine the role of security in a business.
  • Recognize ethical responsibilities.

After completing the IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you may find employment as:

  • Cybersecurity Professional
  • Network Security Specialist

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  • Estimated Program Cost
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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates 12
    Number of Surveys Sent 12
    Number of Surveys Returned 5
    Percent of Surveys Returned 41.70%
    Available for Employment 4
    Percent Available for Employment 80.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 20.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed 4
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 3
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 75.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 25.00%
    Employed - No Response 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 2.6 0 0
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 5
    Very Satisfied 0
    Percent Very Satisfied 0.00%
    Satisfied 4
    Percent Satisfied 80.00%
    Unsatisfied 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 1
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 20.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses 5
    Preparation for Getting a Job 1
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 20.00%
    Career Change 3
    Percent Career Change 60.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 20.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00%
    Personal Interest 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00%
    Other 0
    Percent Other 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4
    Before Enrollment 2
    Percent Before Enrollment 50.00%
    While Attending the College 1
    Percent While Attending the College 25.00%
    After Training at the College 1
    Percent After Training at the College 25.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses 4
    In College District 4
    Percent In College District 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3
    Average Monthly Wage $4,351
    Average Hourly Wage $25.30
    Average Work Hours per Week 40
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
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  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open
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    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    CDW Berbee Associate Consulting Engineer Fitchburg
    Dept of Health Services Security Policy Analyst
    First Business Financial Services IT Security Specialist

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