The Network and Computer Security program is structured to develop highly skilled professionals who have the knowledge and practical skills to keep networks, computer systems, and information assets secure and analyze, assess, anticipate and prevent malicious intrusions as well as react to the intrusions of information networks and systems.
Network, computer, and information security has become a major concern to every institution, organization and company that maintains a computer network. Given the current level of terrorist threats, the growing problem with computer hackers, concerns about identity theft, and tough new legal requirements for securing information, there has been a raised awareness of the importance of networked computer information system vulnerability assessment and securing these systems.
This program emphasizes the importance of assessing net-worked system vulnerabilities and securing networked information systems. In-depth instruction and practicum are used to provide the background, concepts, and techniques to create professionals who are capable of protecting information assets from a wide range of security threats. Also included is the forensics training necessary to allow the security professional to properly analyze theft, misappropriation, and misuse of information assets and proper safe keeping and documentation of evidentiary materials.
The program will lead to an Associate Degree in Applied Business and provide the information and knowledge in preparation for the examinations to earn CCNA (Network) or MCITP:SA (Systems), CISSP (Security), CCE (Forensics) and Security+ professional certification. It will also provide students with an interest in networked computer information technology a career opportunity in networked information systems security and provide those already in the networked information system profession with the opportunity to expand their career to include the area of network computer information system vulnerabilities and security.
NOTE: The Network and Computer Security option has special admission requirements. The candidate must have a valid Ohio driver’s license and be at least 18 years of age. Students must also submit a successful criminal record background check.
The student will:
- Demonstrate and show appreciation for Edison’s Core Values;
- Demonstrate general education competence in communication, humanities, mathematics and social sciences;
- Evaluate and analyze problems and apply the tools of logical problem solving;
- Demonstrate basic computer skills in areas such as applications, operating systems, hardware and programming;
- Support new technology and demonstrate sufficient knowledge to adapt to this technology.
In addition to the five general CIT outcomes, the Network and Computer Security student will:
- Examine the tools used for security penetration assessment and forensics analysis;
- Utilize the tools for penetration assessment and forensics analysis;
- Analyze and develop processes and procedures to secure vulnerabilities and report forensics findings;
- Demonstrate an understanding of both technical and non-technical methods used for security penetration and espionage;
- Demonstrate an ability to successfully perform penetration analysis and forensics analysis, develop proper reports of the findings and appropriately present the reports.