IT-Cybersecurity Specialist

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Employed

77% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry.

99%

Student Satisfaction

99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.

$46k

Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $46,152.

Associate Degree

Program Number: 101512

Credits: 63

Area of Study: Information Technology

Delivery Method: In Person

Program completed 100% in person

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $8,750.70
Materials/Supplemental Costs
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$1,005.66
Other Costs
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$0.00
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Total Estimated Program Costs*:
Overview

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.

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Admission

To Apply

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. 

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2020-2021 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.

Transfer

Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

Wisconsin Schools

Details
Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
Details
Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Details
Entering students who have completed Madison College general education courses with a grade of "C-" or better may apply them toward satisfying Stritch Liberal Arts requirements.
Details
A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
Details
Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
Details
Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.
Details
The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Details
Courses that have been completed with a "D" or better may be acceptable to meet program requirements unless UW Stout major requires a higher acceptable grade. The maximum number of transferable credits is 72. Students will be required to meet UW S general education and major requirements.
Details
Students who complete the IT Network Security Specialist program can transfer up to 62 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Non-Wisconsin Schools

Details
Students who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.
Details
Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Details
Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
Details
A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
Details
Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.
Details
Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
Outcomes

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

  • Cybersecurity Defense Analysis (CDA) – Analyze events for purpose of mitigating threats.
  • Cybersecurity Defense Infrastructure Support (INF) – Manage life cycle and defend infrastructure hardware and software.
  • Incident Response (CIR) – Respond to incidents within the network environment.
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Management (VAM) – Measure effectiveness of defense-in-depth architecture against known vulnerabilities.
  • Systems Analysis (ANA) – Be responsible for implementation of system security.
  •  Network Services (NET) – Design, implement and manage physical and virtual network.
  • Systems Administration (ADM) - Design, implement and manage physical and virtual servers and software.
Careers

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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    20182019
    Number of Program Graduates1216
    Number of Surveys Sent1216
    Number of Surveys Returned511
    Percent of Surveys Returned41.70%68.80%
    Available for Employment411
    Percent Available for Employment80.00%100.00%
    Not in Labor Market10
    Percent Not in Labor Market20.00%0.00%
    Available for Employment

    20182019
    Graduates Employed49
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%81.80%
    Employed in Related Occupation37
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.00%77.80%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation12
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation25.00%22.20%
    Employed - No Response00
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment02
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%18.20%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    20182019
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)2.63.6
    Number of Satisfaction Responses511
    Very Satisfied (4)07
    Percent Very Satisfied0.00%63.60%
    Satisfied (3)44
    Percent Satisfied80.00%36.40%
    Unsatisfied (2)00
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)10
    Percent Very Unsatisfied20.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    20182019
    Number of Primary Reason Responses511
    Preparation for Getting a Job16
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job20.00%54.50%
    Career Change35
    Percent Career Change60.00%45.50%
    Improvement of Existing Skills10
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills20.00%0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education00
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%0.00%
    Personal Interest00
    Percent Personal Interest0.00%0.00%
    Other00
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    20182019
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses49
    Before Enrollment21
    Percent Before Enrollment50.00%11.10%
    While Attending the College15
    Percent While Attending the College25.00%55.60%
    After Training at the College13
    Percent After Training at the College25.00%33.30%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    20182019
    Number of Employment Location Responses49
    In College District47
    Percent In College District100.00%77.80%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District02
    Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%22.20%
    Outside of Wisconsin00
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown00
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend20182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count37
    Average Monthly Wage$4,351 $3,846
    Average Hourly Wage$25.30 $22.36
    Average Work Hours per Week4041.4
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Alliant Energy Cyber-Security Analyst 1
    Associated Bank Associate Information Security Analyst Green Bay
    Bethesda Lutheran Homes & Services Help Desk Technician Watertown
    Dept of Health Services Security Analyst
    Filament Games LLC IT Support Analyst
    Quad Graphics IT Analyst Sussex
    Smart Solutions, Inc IT Consultant

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