Change of program name from Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Option to Information Assurance and Cybersecurity is pending approval of Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.
Total Credit Hours: a minimum of 61 credit hours.
About the Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics Department
Purpose: Provides training in computer security disciplines with three specific focus areas: security, digital forensics and networking. These degrees prepare students for entry level positions in information assurance and cybersecurity.
Areas of Concentration: This degree requires that students choose a concentration in one of three areas. A concentration is a structured plan of study within a degree program. The number of credit hours and particular course requirements for a concentration varies, as listed below. To achieve a concentration, students must receive credit for every course requirement listed under that concentration.
1. Security (code AAS.CIS.SECURITY): This program emphasizes computer security and information assurance concepts augmented with current accepted industry practices. Topics cover threats and vulnerabilities, prevention at the technical (hardware and software) and human levels, detection, response, and management aspects of security. This program of study fully maps to National Security Telecommunications and System Security Instruction (NSTISSI) 4011 and 4013 standards. This program provides partial foundation for the CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician).
- Security specialist
- Information assurance security specialist
- Information systems security analyst
- Manager of network and data security
- Applications security specialist
- Operating system security specialist
2. Digital Forensics (code AAS.CIS.DIGITAL-FRSC): This program emphasizes the proper handling of digital evidence; the tools and techniques utilized in forensics analysis, the importance of proper documentation and report generation; and the laws and ethics that govern evidence handling. Topics include the proper collection and preservation of digital evidence; the retrieval of evidence from multiple environments and devices; the use of commercial forensics and open source tools; manual recovery techniques; the analysis of collected information; and proper documentation and reporting. This program fully maps to the eight knowledge domains as currently specified by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). This program fully prepares students for the Cyber Incident Responder (CIR) exam sponsored by the Defense Cyber Crime Center National Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence program and the Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE).
- Computer forensic investigator
- Corporate forensic investigator
- Incident Handler
- Incident Responder
- Law enforcement investigator
- Legal investigator
- Private investigator
- Financial investigator
- Loss prevention agent
- Computer forensic analyst
- Counterintelligence agent
- Policy analyst
- eDiscovery specialist
- eDiscovery project manager
- Data restoration specialist
- Forensics analyst
- Forensics consultant
- Forensic science technician
- Technology risk management professional
3. Networking (code AAS.CIS.NETWORK): This program incorporates a study of data communication fundamentals together with an in-depth study of current networking architectures and protocols. Client/server and peer networks are specifically studied together with hands-on laboratory time working with Microsoft,UNIX/LINUX and Cisco systems. A combination of lecture and labs provide the basis for potential networking certifications. This program provides partial foundation for the CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Technician) certification exam.
- LAN system administration
- Network installation
- Network management
- WAN Management Technology
- Linux administrator
- Windows Server administrator
- System administrator
Related Industry Certifications: These programs provide the foundation for the following industry recognized certifications: CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+. These programs do not provide certification exam training or certification testing other than the forensics CIR and ACE exams.
Graduates in these fields will find positions available in industry, education and government. Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.