Cyber Programs are coming to Northwest State Community College!

There are 2 Cyber program options at NSCC. One option is a short-term certificate that consists of 6 courses. This option starts in the Spring of 2018. The other option is a 2 year Associate degree in Cyber Security. This option starts in Fall of 2018.

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The short-term certificate consists of the following courses:

CIS194 IT Security
This course is an introduction to security as it applies to computers, local area networks and the Internet. This class covers both methods of attack and the prevention of those attacks. The course provides an introduction to cryptography. The course covers the creation and implementation of a comprehensive security policy.

CIS195 Networking Essentials
This is a survey course designed to introduce students to basic network concepts and terminology. Both theoretical and practical material is introduced in this class. This course includes hands on laboratory assignments.

CYB190 Introduction To Programming
This course covers the basics of programming. During the course, you will use Python to learn about data types, lists, tuples, conditional statements, and looping. This course will use a cyber security approach to learning programming.

CYB210 Cyber Programming
This course covers various scripting and programming languages that can be used within Cybersecurity. The primary focus of the course is authoring software (scripts and programs) to enhance an organization's security posture. The course will include the Secure Development Lifecycle (SDLC) as well as projects that automate security tasks, perform security functions, and support a secure infrastructure.

CYB220 Security Audits
This course covers the topics of penetration testing and vulnerability assessments. This course focuses on the appropriate tools and methodologies necessary to test and assess an organization's security posture. Topics will include historical security incidents, current security incidents, the responsibilities and ethics of performing penetration tests and vulnerability assessments, and techniques of the trade.

CYB230 Network Security
This course will introduce students to the concepts of network security. This course uses CIS 195 as a foundation. Students will learn to install and configure Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS), Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), firewalls, log managers, and network monitoring software. Students will become familiar with network security design best practices. This course includes 2 network security projects as the last two modules.

A semester is 16 weeks in length. These courses are 8 weeks in length. The first 8 weeks of the semester students will take CIS194, CIS195, and CYB190. CIS194 and CIS195 will meet 2 nights a week from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. CYB190 is an online course. The second 8 weeks of the semester students will take CYB210, CYB220, and CYB230. CYB210 is an online course. CYB220 and CYB230 meet 2 nights a week from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. CIS194, CIS195, CYB220, and CYB230 follow the hybrid model. Students are expected to complete the readings, other course material, and knowledge assessments outside of class time. The class time is dedicated to students performing a hands-on assessment each week.

Potential funding options for the short-term certificate include financial aid, grants, scholarships, and WSOS funding for those that are unemployed or underemployed. For more information, see the contact information below.

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