Sep 16, 2021  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Information Technology - Cybersecurity , A.S.


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Associate in Science in Information Technology- Cybersecurity 

Bedford Campus and Lowell Campus - Day

Program Description:

The Information Technology Cybersecurity Associate in Science degree program prepares students either for transfer to a related bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity, or for employment in various entry-level information security analyst positions in network security administration. Problem-solving and analytical thinking are emphasized throughout the program, with a hands-on approach to learning. The IT program has been designed using the NIST National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework for academic programs.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

The Department of Homeland Security considers cybersecurity as one of the most significant threats against the US and most companies.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation predicts cybersecurity eventually will become the number one threat against the U.S. The U.S.

As of the 2020 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study, it is estimated there is a shortage of approximately 360,000 cybersecurity professionals in the US and more than 3 million worldwide. Graduates of this program will be prepared to find employment as information security analysts, security administrator, or transfer to a four-year program to continue their studies in cybersecurity.

Helpful Hints:

Students should plan on taking courses in the sequence indicated in the Curriculum Map for this program. Content of the core courses is designed to logically build upon previous semesters, culminating in “Ethical Hacking” and the “Capstone” course.

Students should plan on satisfying the math requirement as early as possible.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Information Technology Cybersecurity  program will achieve the learning outcomes and  are prepared:

  • Solve cybersecurity challenges by analyzing problems, manging and storing data, logic  and critical thinking, and interpreting results for relevance, accuracy, and consistency.

  • Recognize current solution patterns for common problems and adapt those solutions to new situations.

  • Communicate clearly, accurately, and succinctly through written and verbal means.

  • Configure and operate computing systems to meet the operational and cybersecurity needs of an organization.

  • Collaborate effectively with others to design, evaluate, present, and implement solutions to cybersecurity problems.

  • Enhance their skills as they experience new cybersecurity challenges.

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