Montgomery College 2015-2016 Catalog 
    Sep 26, 2023  
Montgomery College 2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity AAS

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(G): 356A

This AAS degree prepares students for entry-level positions in cybersecurity. The program emphasizes computer security and information assurance concepts augmented with current industry standard techniques. Topics cover threats and vulnerabilities, prevention at the technical (hardware and software) and human levels, detection, response, and management aspects of security.

The program prepares entry-level computer technicians with cybersecurity expertise and also offers students a transfer option to four-year institutions. The proposed program of study is designed to address the needs for increasing the number of trained workers qualified to work in cybersecurity in the homeland security industry. The program is expected to meet National Security Telecommunications and Systems Security Instruction (NSTISSI) 4011 and 4013 standards. It will also help prepare students to sit for a variety of industry certifications, including the Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications; Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification; and the Security Certified Network Professional certification.

General Education Course Selections

Click here to view the Foundation/Distribution Courses  for selection to fulfill the General Education Course Requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 60

* ENGL 101  /ENGL 101A  , if needed for ENGL 102  /ENGL 103  , or NWIT or CMCS elective.

Program Outline / Degree Requirements

Foundation Courses

  • English Foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Health foundation 1 semester hour (HLTF)
  • Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)
  • Speech foundation 3 semester hours (SPCF)

Distribution Courses

  • Arts or humanities distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD or HUMD)
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)
  • Natural science distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)

Total Credit Hours: 60

* ENGL 101  /ENGL 101A  , if needed for ENGL 102  /ENGL 103  , or NWIT or CMCS elective.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Apply software patches to operating systems and applications. 

  • Assess a computer system’s security vulnerabilities using appropriate resources.

  • Use standard software tools to detect attempted security breaches of computer systems.Implement computer network security defenses. 

  • Assess their professional responsibility in the areas of individual privacy, intellectual property rights, and ethics and codes of conduct. 

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to be successful on the  the following certification exams:  CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Administrator) certificate, CompTIA Network+ certificate, CompTIA Security+ certificate, Security Certified Network Professional (SCNP)  .

  • Explain how to use current forensic tools.

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