The Associate of Technical Studies in Cyber Security combines the education and skills training of both criminal investigation and computer support technology to prepare students for entry-level positions in cyber security and investigations, computer network infrastructure & security, managing networks and operating systems, and IT criminal investigation.
The core course work required in the computer support curriculum includes work with current Windows desktop operating systems and Linux; current network operating systems such as Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016, and the Cisco IOS. Students work with networking hardware including copper and fiber optic media, switches, routers, firewalls, and wireless access points. Additional course work directly relates to the Cisco Academy, Security+ classes, and network security.
The computer support course work is enhanced by select criminal justice course work in criminal investigation, criminal evidence and procedures, criminal law, and computer forensics training.
Washington State's Cyber Security program also features practical hands-on learning in computer diagnostics and networking. These team-based lab exercises will put your skills to work out in the field during practicum assignments.
Cyber Security Major:
- Work with a variety of Windows PC and network operating systems, including Linux
- Work with a variety of network hardware including cabling, switches, routers, wireless access points, firewalls, etc.
- Course work relates to CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ Certifications, and Cisco Academy classes leading to Cisco CCENT certification.
- Course work in Computer Forensics
- Students complete Practicum site placements with local IT and network security professionals.
Jobs & Wages:
- The goal of this program is to prepare students for entry level positions in the cyber security field. Students are encouraged to prepare for CompTIA certification exams, including A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications, and Cisco CCENT Certification. Additional certifications may be pursued that are particular to the specialized field of cyber-security.
- Employment of information security analysts, web developers, and computer network architects is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for all three occupations should be favorable.*
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Information Security Analysts, Web Developers, and Computer Network Architects, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts-web-developers-and-computer-network-architects.htm (visited March 19, 2017).
Course listings with descriptions of each class may be found in the Washington State Community College Catalog.
Successful completion of the cyber security curriculum leads to an Associate of Technical Studies for pursuit of direct employment or advanced degree studies. The program can be completed in four (4) semesters. High School students in College Tech Prep may complete the program in less time if they have taken equivalent courses.
Contact to Learn More:
Associate Professor, Digital Technology
740.374.8716 Ext. 1709
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
740.374.8716, ext. 2137