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Madison WI 53704

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Madison WI 53704

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IT-Network Security Specialist

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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

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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 19 31 12
    Number of Surveys Sent 19 31 12
    Number of Surveys Returned 11 21 4
    Percent of Surveys Returned 57.90% 67.70% 33.30%
    Available for Employment 10 18 4
    Percent Available for Employment 90.90% 85.70% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 1 3 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 9.10% 14.30% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 8 18 3
    Percent of Graduates Employed 80.00% 100.00% 75.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 5 13 2
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 62.50% 72.20% 66.70%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 3 3 1
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 37.50% 16.70% 33.30%
    Employed - No Response 0 2 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 11.10% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 2 0 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 20.00% 0.00% 25.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.4 2.8
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 11 21 4
    Very Satisfied 7 11 0
    Percent Very Satisfied 63.60% 52.40% 0.00%
    Satisfied 4 8 3
    Percent Satisfied 36.40% 38.10% 75.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 2 1
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 9.50% 25.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 11 21 4
    Preparation for Getting a Job 3 5 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 27.30% 23.80% 50.00%
    Career Change 3 12 1
    Percent Career Change 27.30% 57.10% 25.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 3 2 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 27.30% 9.50% 25.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 1 2 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 9.10% 9.50% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 1 0 0
    Percent Personal Interest 9.10% 0.00% 0.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 8 16 3
    Before Enrollment 1 3 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 12.50% 18.80% 0.00%
    While Attending the College 3 9 1
    Percent While Attending the College 37.50% 56.30% 33.30%
    After Training at the College 4 4 2
    Percent After Training at the College 50.00% 25.00% 66.70%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 8 18 3
    In College District 6 14 3
    Percent In College District 75.00% 77.80% 100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 2 0
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 11.10% 0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 2 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 25.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 0 2 0
    Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 11.10% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 5 10 2
    Average Monthly Wage $4,599 $3,556 $3,677
    Average Hourly Wage $26.74 $20.67 $21.38
    Average Work Hours per Week 41 41.5 40
    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: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 20 14
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 3 0
    Total Jobs 23 14
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Hooper Corporation Information Technology Specialist
    INOC Network Operations Center Technician

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