Information and Computer Security

Defending and safeguarding information systems


Combat Attackers

In a time of escalating security threats, computer crime and cyber warfare, organizations must be proactive in combating attackers and protecting information assets. IT Security Specialists leverage an in-depth understanding of information security risks, threats, technologies and procedures to design and implement secure computer systems.

They install, configure and upgrade security software, educate employees on computer security, monitor networks for security breaches, and ultimately develop plans to safeguard computer files against unauthorized modification, destruction or disclosure. In the event of a successful attack, IT security specialists must respond with the appropriate countermeasures.

Ultra High Job Market Demand

Job market demand for computer security specialists is high across all organizational structures and verticals, including corporations, education institutions, medical practices and a range of public sector and government agencies.

Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high. Cyberattacks have grown in frequency and sophistication over the last few years, and many organizations are behind in their ability to detect these attacks. Analysts will be needed to come up with innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or creating havoc on computer networks.

The federal government is expected to greatly increase its use of information security analysts to protect the nation’s critical information technology (IT) systems. In addition, as the healthcare industry expands its use of electronic medical records, ensuring patients’ privacy and protecting personal data are becoming more important. More information security analysts are likely to be needed to create the safeguards that will satisfy patients’ concerns.

The Security IT Associate (SITA) program will utilize security concepts, tools, and procedures to react to various security incidents regarding network, compliance, operational vulnerability, and access control identity management. Graduates will know how to provide IT assistance to people and organizations using computer software and equipment.

Completion time: 180 Hours

Required Wonderlic score: 17

Associated job titles: Computer User Support Specialists, Computer Support Specialists, Help Desk Technicians, Network Administrator, Network Technician, IT Field Technician

Class Hours
Computer Networking & Security 180
Total Hours: 180

The Security IT Professional (SITP) program is designed to teach students the knowledge
and skills required to manage and maintain computer security systems. Graduates of this program will be able to develop and apply security concepts and tools while implementing processes and procedures to protect computer networks and systems.

Completion time: 468 Hours

Required Wonderlic score: 21

Associated job titles: Computer Security Specialist, Information Security Specialist, Network Analyst, Internet Security Specialist

Class Hours
Network Routing & Switching 234
Security Professional 234
Total Hours: 468