Cybersecurity: Networking and Security Operations - Degree
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program | mhcc.edu/Cybersecurity
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
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.
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.
|CIS151||Introduction to Networks||4|
|ISTM183A||Preparation for A+ Essentials||3|
|ISTM183C||Fundamentals of CyberSecurity||3|
|WR121||English Composition (Course offered online)||4|
|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|
|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|
|CIS279S||Windows Server OS||4|
|ISTM189||Wireless Security (Course offered online)||3|
|CIS284S||Preparation for Security+ (Course offered online)||4|
|ISTM283CO1||Cyber Operations 1||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|
|Capstone Project Development
or Coop Ed-Computer Applications
|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|
Students planning to transfer to a four-year university should take CIS297, while those planning to enter the workforce after graduation should take WE280CAD.
Course offered online
Cultural Literacy course