Associate Degree Program
Cyberspace is no longer a space-age term; it's a real description of the virtual environment of information and interactions across the globe. Today, cyber threats impact almost every aspect of our lives, from our finances and health to critical systems that control power grids and national defense. There is a growing need for securing cyberspace infrastructure, and those with strong analytical skills and a sense of professional ethics are perfect candidates for jobs in this growing field. You’ll learn how to build and maintain secure networks, diagnose and resolve vulnerabilities, implement security policies, and manage operating systems. Students graduating with an associate degree will be prepared to protect personal computing devices (smart phones, iPads, laptops) and networked computing devices (desktop computers and servers) from various kinds of cyber threats.
Employment in the network security field is predicted to grow much faster than average through 2016 as organizations adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies. Successful associate degree graduates will be well-positioned for entry-level jobs including the ones listed below. Put your analytical skills, love of computer and professional ethics to work for you and enroll in Delaware Tech's Information Security program.
This program is offered at the Dover, Georgetown, and Wilmington Campuses.
What You Can Do
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for positions such as:
- Database administrator
- Computer network technician
- Network specialist
- Computer support specialist
- Network administrator
- System, Network, and/or Web Penetration Tester
- Forensic Analyst
- Incident Responder
- Security Analyst
- Computer Crime Investigator
- Application Penetration Tester
- Security Operations Center Analyst
- Intrusion Analyst
- Security Auditor
What You Will Earn
Competitive starting salaries range from $21,000 to $35,000.
What You Will Learn
Program Graduate Competencies
The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.
- Identify and remediate vulnerabilities.
- Design, plan, and install network systems.
- Install and configure operating systems.
- Demonstrate the ability to write and debug scripts.
- Demonstrate professionalism and ethical responsibility.
- Communicate effectively to diverse groups of stakeholders.
- Perform change management analysis and documentation.
- Perform evidence collection and forensics analysis.
- Create, modify, and/or implement security policies.
Core Curriculum Competencies
The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.
- Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
- Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
- Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
- Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
- Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.