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IT-Network Security Specialist

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 101503

Overview

The Network Security 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 Network Security 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

Network Security Specialist is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree, a technical diploma and several certificates. All will prepare you for a good job and with the associate degree, you can transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

Students in the Network Security Specialist program can attend full or part time.

Network Security Specialist classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

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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 2018-2019 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.

Outcomes

After completing the Network Security 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.
Careers

After completing the Network Security Specialist program at Madison Area Technical College, you may find employment as:

  • Network Security Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Professional

Find open jobs in this industry on Wisconsin TechConnecttm. Registration Required.

  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    63
    Tuition
    $8454.60
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $975.00
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $9429.60
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 10 19 31
    Number of Surveys Sent 10 19 31
    Number of Surveys Returned 6 11 21
    Percent of Surveys Returned 60.00% 57.90% 67.70%
    Available for Employment 5 10 18
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 90.90% 85.70%
    Not in Labor Market 1 1 3
    Percent Not in Labor Market 20.00% 9.10% 14.30%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 4 8 18
    Percent of Graduates Employed 80.00% 80.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 4 5 13
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 62.50% 72.20%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 3 3
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 37.50% 16.70%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 2
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 11.10%
    Seeking Employment 1 2 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 20.00% 20.00% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.6 3.4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 5 11 21
    Very Satisfied 3 7 11
    Percent Very Satisfied 60.00% 63.60% 52.40%
    Satisfied 2 4 8
    Percent Satisfied 40.00% 36.40% 38.10%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 2
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 9.50%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 6 11 21
    Preparation for Getting a Job 2 3 5
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 33.30% 27.30% 23.80%
    Career Change 2 3 12
    Percent Career Change 33.30% 27.30% 57.10%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 1 3 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 16.70% 27.30% 9.50%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 1 2
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 16.70% 9.10% 9.50%
    Personal Interest 0 1 0
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 9.10% 0.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 8 16
    Before Enrollment 1 1 3
    Percent Before Enrollment 25.00% 12.50% 18.80%
    While Attending the College 2 3 9
    Percent While Attending the College 50.00% 37.50% 56.30%
    After Training at the College 1 4 4
    Percent After Training at the College 25.00% 50.00% 25.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 4 8 18
    In College District 3 6 14
    Percent In College District 75.00% 75.00% 77.80%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 2
    Percent of In Wisconsin 25.00% 0.00% 11.10%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 2 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 25.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 0 2
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 11.10%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 4 5 10
    Average Monthly Wage $3,913 $4,599 $3,556
    Average Hourly Wage $22.75 $26.74 $20.67
    Average Work Hours per Week 40 41 41.5
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 0
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week 32
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 23 7
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 2 1
    Total Jobs 25 8
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    5Nines LLC Security Specialist
    American Family Insurance Security Compliance And Governance Analyst
    City of Madison IT Specialist
    CoreBTS NOC Engineer I
    Digicorp Inc Data Engineer Brookfield
    Employee Benefits Corp Systems Analyst Middleton
    Inoc Associate Network Operation Center
    TekSystems Help Desk Specialist
    TekSystems Network Engineer 1
    Wisconsin Copy & Business Equipment Inc Computer Technician

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu