Information Security

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Information Security degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools to understand how networks, operating systems and programs function. Emphasis is placed on developing the theoretical and practical skills needed to maintain security on mission-critical data and systems. The program is designed to meet the training needs of government and industry employees. The program covers a variety of information security disciplines which include both vendor-neutral and vendor-specific information technology (IT) security training. The Information Security program prepares students for internationally recognized IT certifications and high demands in business, industry and government.


Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Information Security (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2023

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Courses within any of the following prefixes must be taken within five (5) years prior to completion of the program to be applied toward this award: AIM, BPC, CIS, CLD, CNT, CSC, ITS, and MST.

What You'll Learn
  • Install, configure, administer, use, and maintain a UNIX/Linux operating system. (CIS126++, CIS238++)
  • Define common network terminology and protocols to include local area network (LAN) and wide-area network (WAN) topologies, the Open System Interconnection reference (OSI) model and communication cabling standards. (CNT140AB)
  • Use appropriate equations to solve basic Internet Protocol (IP) addressing and subnetting problems associated with designing a network. (CNT140AB)
  • Apply basic security techniques such as password protection and access control lists (ACLs). (MST150++)
  • Explain a broad, cross-section of information security concepts including authentication methods, access control, cryptography, public key infrastructure (PKI), network attack and defense methods, operating systems and network device hardening, securing remote access and wireless technologies including viruses and worms. (CIS105, ITS110)
  • Define workstations, servers, network storage devices, routers, switches, gateways, guards, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), firewalls, Internet Protocol Security (IPSec), Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs), mobile devices, peripheral devices and security peripherals. (BPC170, CIS105, ITS110)
  • Identify the ethical and legal aspects of information security including government regulatory requirements impacting network and information security professionals. (ITS120)
  • Design, implement, monitor and improve security in-depth for operating systems including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Cisco IOS and Mac OS X. (ITS130)
  • Examine the techniques for defending LAN and WAN networks including firewalls, IDSs and VPNs. (ITS110)
  • Perform day-to-day administration tasks in a Microsoft Windows-based network. (MST150++)
  • Perform day-to-day administration tasks in a UNIX/Linux-based network. (CIS126++, CIS238++)
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Certificate of Completion in Information Security Technology (5347)28
FYE101Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success (1) OR
FYE103Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success (3)1-3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students should select at least four (4) courses from the list below. A minimum of six (6) credits must be ITS prefixed course.
CIS1++++ Any CIS programming Level I course3
CIS271DLLinux Security3
CNT150ABSwitching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials4
CNT160ABEnterprise Networking, Security, and Automation4
CNT205Cisco Certified Network Associate Security4
ITS+++++Any ITS Information Technology Security course except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area6-16
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communications area3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
higher level mathematics course3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area

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