Cybersecurity: Networking and Security Operations - Degree

Associate of Applied Science Degree Programmhcc.edu/Cybersecurity

Faculty Adviser

Dr. Wayne Machuca: 503-491-7631 | Room AC2776 | Wayne.Machuca@mhcc.edu | Students with last name A-F
Tobin Shields: 503-491-7424 | Room AC2786 | Tobin.Shields@mhcc.edu | Students with last name G-N
Jeff Sperley: 503-491-7357 | Room AC2783 | Jeff.Sperley@mhcc.edu | Students with last name O-Z

Student using a computer

The Cybersecurity and Networking program will both introduce new students and develop existing professionals to the rapidly expanding and important world of Cybersecurity (also known as ’Information Assurance’ or ’Trustworthy Computing’). The design of this program will prepare students to sit for several progressively challenging industry recognized certifications. Students will be exposed to solid hardware and software repair, network development and implementation, various security techniques, perimeter defense, cryptography, business continuity and disaster recovery, and ethical hacking. Students in this program will have opportunity to participate in team competitions against colleges nationwide.

This program is designed to train students for and guide them toward a number of industry recognized certifications such as CCNA, CompTIA, EC-Council and others. This design allows students with no training to work toward recognized skill sets, and will support encumbered and displaced computer technical workers to attain security skills appropriate to enhance their career options.

Career opportunities for Cybersecurity professionals are varied and immediate. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) has identified dozens of job titles, which require security skills. Additionally, projections are that by the end of the decade, all or nearly all intermediate level computer technical, developmental or implementation careers will require some level of security training. 

Please note: All core (CIS, ISTM) courses must be completed within 5 years of starting the program.

For success in this program, entering students are recommended to be proficient in basic computer skills. Students without computer experience or who want to brush up on computer skills before beginning this program are encouraged to enroll in BCS090 Computer Basics for College Success, a FREE course offered through the Learning Success Center.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Perform preventative hardware and software maintenance
  • Troubleshoot and correct computer hardware and software problems
  • Conceptualize, design and diagram possible solutions for a given networking environment
  • Work with others as part of a computer security team
  • Assemble, reconfigure and upgrade personal computers
  • Perform basic network and operating system administration, configuration and system security for both wired and wireless networks
  • Configure and troubleshoot access to resources, hardware devices and drivers, storage use and network connections
  • Analyze Internet security issues and apply them to network design problems
  • Design a disaster recovery plan for a real-world scenario
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in the information technology environment
  • Perform necessary “white hat” attacks on a network to assess vulnerabilities
  • Perform basic computer forensics on a variety of storage medium
  • Design an appropriate risk analysis for a given business in a particular environment

For the most part, courses that fulfill general education requirements can be taken in any term. Students should work with the faculty adviser(s) to create a custom academic plan based on course placement levels, career goals, and full time/part time status.

Admitted students may also log on to Navigate to start the process of building an academic plan based on this major and can notify an adviser for review.

Plan of Study Grid
First Quarter
FallCredits
CIS151 Introduction to Networks 4
ISTM183A Preparation for A+ Essentials 3
ISTM183C Fundamentals of CyberSecurity 3
WR121 English Composition (Course offered online) 4
 Credits14
Second Quarter
Winter
CIS125SS Spreadsheets (Course offered online) 3
CIS152 Routing and Switching Essentials 4
ISTM133P Introduction to Python (Course offered online) 4
ISTM183B Preparation for A+ Practical Application (Course offered online) 3
ISTM283A Fundamentals of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity (Course offered online) 3
 Credits17
Third Quarter
Spring
CIS153 Scaling Networks 4
ISTM140L Preparation for Linux (Course offered online) 4
ISTM171 Introduction to Cloud and Virtualization Technologies (Course offered online) 3
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (Course offered online) (or higher) 4
Health and Physical Education requirement 3
 Credits18
Fourth Quarter
Fall
CIS276 SQL 4
CIS279S Windows Server OS 4
ISTM189 Wireless Security (Course offered online) 3
ISTM283CC Cyber Competition 3
 Credits14
Fifth Quarter
Winter
CIS284S Preparation for Security+ (Course offered online) 4
ISTM283B Firewall Implementation 3
ISTM283CO1 Cyber Operations 1 3
ISTM284E Ethical Hacking 3
Select one programming elective from the following: 3-4
Beginning Game Programming  
Web Authoring: Client-Side Programming  
Computer Science I  
Mobile Apps 1: Introduction to iOS Mobile Applications Development  
 Credits16-17
Sixth Quarter
Spring
CIS297
Capstone Project Development
or Coop Ed-Computer Applications
4
ISTM233P Python for Cyber Security (Course offered online) 4
ISTM283CO2 Cyber Operations 2 3
ISTM283F Practical Digital Forensics 3
Human Relations requirement (HUM202 recommended) 3-4
 Credits17-18
 Total Credits96-98

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