Cyber Degree Programs Offered State By State
Online Associate Certificates and Degrees In Cybersecurity
Below are all online programs found in directory from a total of 8 schools in the U.S.
El Cajon, California
Ivy Tech Community College
Indianapolis, Indiana. NSA CAE
Suny Westchester Community College
Valhalla, New York
Central Texas College
San Antonio college
San Antonio, Texas. NSA CAE
St. Phillip’s College
San Antonio, Texas. NSA CAE
Associate’s Degree Summary
Associate degrees are designed for entry level students who are looking for an entry level career in IT. This is a two year degree program.
Some of the schools from above will also give you an option to specialize in a field such as cyber crime, security administration or computer forensics. Some of these programs are also good if you want to train yourself for professional certificates.
If you want to do this degree, you should consider the following first:
- These are specially good if you want to pursue a bachelor’s degree later in cyber security.
- If you are already working as an IT professional, you will get additional qualification by completing these degrees.
- If you want an entry level job in general IT or security, these may help you a lot.
Keep in mind that if you want to take on a higher position in an organization, you will need work experience, real world practical knowledge, certifications and a bachelor’s degree in your field.
What are the different types of associate degrees?
Information Assurance / AS in Cyber Security
Associate degrees deal with Information assurance or Cyber Security. Both of these cover a wide variety of security topics and concepts. Some of the programs will particularly follow these core areas:
- Networking technologies
- Operating systems
- Important cyber security concepts
Every school will teach you different key cyber security concepts. They may cover installing security software from monitoring networks for security breaches. There is no set standard for what is covered.
AS in Computer Forensics
Forensic experts are known to analyze data from electronic media or computers. They recover data and provide the evidence behind the crimes. The AS in computer forensics therefore covers different topics as seen in Network security or cyber security
The courses can cover the following:
- Criminal law
- Computer Forensics
- Criminal Justice System
Associate degree is often not enough to find a job in forensics because the demand for highly educated professionals is high. You may need to follow up with a bachelor’s degree or tons of working experience.
AS in Network Security/Administration
AS network security is designed to help you take on a job of network or system administrator. There is little to no difference in some organizations when it comes to this position.
The curriculum of these degrees mostly focuses on networks. You will deal with installation/maintenance/servicing the network security issues.
What is the Curriculum of Associate’s Degree?
Because associate degrees are two year only, some schools attempt to add in a bit too much information to be covered in a very short period of time. Here are just some of the courses you can expect in one of these programs.
Courses in Year 1
- Database Concepts
- Routing and switching
- Unix operation systems
- Security Concepts
- General Psychology
- College algebra
- Introduction to computers
- Network fundamentals
- Program design and development
- Linux operation systems
- Hardware and software support
- English composition
Courses in Year 2
- Windows operation systems
- Routing and Switching
- Server administration
- Incident Response
- Business and professional communication
- Wireless networking
- Network security
- Computer forensics
- Criminal Law
- Capstone Projects
What are the admission requirements for an associate degree?
The requirements for an associate degree admission are pretty much the same as for a bachelor’s degree.
You need to have:
- High school diploma or anything equivalent
- Good grades in science subject in high school
- Good grades in mathematics, especially in statistics and calculus in high school
- Good English language command.
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