Information Systems: Cyber Security

Information Systems: Cyber Security Certificate of Achievement 2020-2021

(Major #C.6932.CA)

This program provides students with the knowledge, training, and hands-on experience to pursue a career and gain professional certification (CompTIA) as an Information-Technology Cyber Security Technician professional in business, government, or educational environment. Students completing this program of study will be able to enter the cybersecurity workforce in areas such as security analyst, or penetration tester with a comprehensive understanding of computer hardware, system software, networking essentials, as well as the intermediate skills to protect computer networks against malicious attack and to use currently available tools to perform network testing, penetration, and assessment of target networks.

Complete the following program of study. Requirements (20 units minimum).

Required Courses:
Course Course Description Units
IS 15 Computer Concepts 3
IS 62 Computer & Communication Essentials – Troubleshooting and Maintenance 4
IS 63 Computer Networking Fundamentals 3
IS 70 Introduction to Information Systems Security 3
IS 71 Introduction to Cybersecurity: Ethical Hacking 3
IS 72 Computer Forensics Fundamentals 3
IS 66 or
OT 17
Office and Customer Skills for Technicians (2) or
Job Retention and Responsibilities (1)

  1. Design a network topology for a medium to large enterprise, while reading and understanding the fundamental goal of Cyber Security – Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA) of data which is transmitted on a given network and governed by federal and state regulations, and procedures.
  2. Design a network security system which is configured to protect a given network, while reading, researching and considering all elements of Cyber Security such as Physical, Communication, and Network security.
  3. Design and configure an Intrusion Detection System (IDS), for a typical network for a medium to large enterprise, while using the typical tools and written instructions used by Cyber Security experts to perform network sniffing, monitoring, surveillance, and enumeration of data.

In the process of completing this program, students will learn the following main competencies to succeed in the field of cybersecurity and networking:

  1. Install switches, routers, and hubs, and configure them while reading instructions that outline specific protocols and addressing procedures which are at risk of intrusion.
  2. Read, identify, and distinguish the 3 key goals of network security: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA), in a medium to large computer network.
  3. Implement security policies and standards as required for network protection and security.
  4. Secure wireless networks, and test for intrusion, as well as configuring for optimal protection such as MAC filtering and traffic encryption.
  5. Install and configure Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) to meet the designed and written requirements given the range of threats in any combination of Physical, Network, or Communications elements of a given network.
  6. Determine “Best Practices” in HTTPS, DNS, SMTP, and FTP servers to “harden” these resources against outside attacks, through research, reading professional journals, and publications.
  7. Secure a given network using firewalls, and proxy servers, as well as specialized programs and tools.

  1. Evaluate computer network and information security.
  2. Assess cybersecurity risk management policies in order to adequately protect an organization’s critical information and assets.
  3. Evaluate the performance of security systems within an enterprise-level information system.
  4. Troubleshoot, maintain, and update an enterprise-level information security system.
  5. Implement continuous network monitoring and provide real-time security solutions.
  6. Formulate, update, and communicate short- and long-term organizational cybersecurity strategies and policies.

Advisor(s): Nabors

2020-2021 Information Systems: Cyber Security Certificate of Achievement