This Cybersecurity Information Security (INFOSEC) Administration Associate of Applied Science program will prepare students for a career in the cybersecurity industry. The technical courses in this A.A.S degree program combine both networking concepts and security fundamentals with a focus on best practices required to implement and administer secure network environments. The program integrates knowledge from communication, social sciences, and math with the theory and practice of information technology to prepare students for employment in the industry. It will also provide opportunities for those employed in the information technology field to enhance their knowledge and credentials and advance in their careers.
During the program students are encouraged to work toward a variety of industry certifications in addition to the degree. Students will graduate with a Cybersecurity Information Security (INFOSEC) Administration Associate of Applied Science Degree upon successful completion of this program. Entry-level position responsibilities in cybersecurity include, but are not limited to: maintaining computer network infrastructure and security; securing computer assets connected to the Internet; installing, configuring and securing PC systems and mobile devices; configuring and securing remote access networks; providing technical support and configuring and repairing endpoint devices.
Career opportunities for Cyber Security professionals are varied and immediate. The National Initiative for Cyber Security Education (NICE) has identified dozens of job titles that require security skills. See www.nist.gov and search for Cybersecurity Workforce Framework Resource Center for more information on cybersecurity skills needed today. 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.
This is a selective enrollment program. Successful completion of each semester or permission of the instructor is required to continue to the next semester. Successful completion of the technical certificate or permission of the instructor is required for enrollment in the third and fourth semester courses.
For requirements and admission procedures, go to the program website below or contact the Career and Technical Education Advisor at (208) 769-3371.
|Quick Facts: Information Security Analysts
|$102,600 per year
$49.33 per hour
|Less than 5 years
|35% (Much faster than average)
Seats are limited.* Registration begins in May until the program is full.
- Complete new application (not a change of major form) www.nic.edu/start
- Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher in current college courses including any dual credit.
- Complete FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) https://studentaid.gov
- Provide one or more of the following for Math and English placement. Scores must be less than four years old.
- RSAT Math score of 440+ (510 preferred), English score 370+ (450 preferred)
- ACT Math score 16+ (20 preferred), English 12+ (16 preferred)
- ALEKS Math Placement score 14+ (30 preferred)
- The Write Class English score (3+ preferred)
- Official college transcripts showing completed English and/or Math courses.
- Complete a Digital Literacy Assessment at NIC Testing Center or Outreach Center in your area. This step is temporarily suspended from 9/23/20 until further notice.
- Set up and check your student email** (Cardinal Mail) regularly for all further communications regarding your status for this program and for financial aid.
- Schedule an appointment with an advisor ASAP (208) 769-3448.
- Please contact the CTE advisor if you have questions, or if you wish to discuss taking classes prior to entering the program firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Failure to show up on the first day of classes without prior permission may result in your removal from the program for the next eligible person in line.
**Failure to respond to phone calls and/or emails may result in missing your opportunity to be in the program because of limited seating.