60 Semester Credit Hours; Curriculum: 0148
The Network Security Administration degree program provides a foundation in network security and provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain positions as cybersecurity analysts and technical security support personnel.
Note: Refer to IAI General Education Courses page for guidelines on General Education course selection.
|General Education Requirements:|
|See the list of IAI General Education Courses for more information|
|Area A — Communications|
|EGL 101||Composition I||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Business and Technical Writing (recommended)|
|Technical Writing Applications|
|Effective Speech (recommended)|
|Area B — Mathematics|
|One course from a mathematics discipline||3|
|Applied Mathematics I (or higher)|
|Area C — Science|
|One course from a science discipline||3|
|Applied Physics (recommended)|
|Area D — Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|One course from a social or behavioral science discipline||3|
|Area E — Humanities/Fine Arts|
|One course from a humanities or fine arts discipline||3|
|Area F — Global Studies 1|
|One course that satisfies Global Studies requirement||0-3|
|Introduction to Global Business (recommended)|
|Area G — U.S. Diversity Studies 2|
|One course that satisfies U.S. Diversity Studies requirement||0-3|
Students may take a Global Studies course that satisfies both Area F and another Area requirement.
Students may take a U.S. Diversity Studies course that satisfies both Area G and another Area requirement.
|CIS 101||Introduction to Computer Information Systems||3|
|or CIS 103||Computer Software and Concepts|
|CIS/CNS 228||Linux Administration||3|
|CNS 105||Networking Essentials||3|
|CNS 110||Windows Client Desktop 1||3|
|CNS 170||Principles of Information Security||3|
|CNS 172||Network Defense and Countermeasures||3|
|CNS 173||Cybersecurity Operations Analysis||3|
|CNS 174||Introduction to Computer Forensics||3|
|CNS 176||Network Security||3|
|CNS 178||Ethical Hacking||3|
|Any other CNS course not taken previously:||3|
|CSC 157||Python Computer Science I||3|
|ELT 130||Microcomputer Hardware Systems||3|
|Select a total of 3 credit hours from the following:||3|
|Any CIS (118 or higher), CSC or ELT courses not taken previously|
Due to rapid changes in information technology, we are frequently updating our certificate and degree programs to better prepare you for the job market. Please consult the CNS department chair for help with your pathway.
Note: Students can obtain credit for prior learning through evaluation by Oakton faculty for any of the third-party IT certifications.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate competency in using basic computer hardware, and operating systems.
- Demonstrate basic understanding of network security.
- List basic steps for hardening computers.
- Utilize Linux command tools.
- Assess technical vulnerabilities, implement cybersecurity and information assurance best practices.
- Discuss defense mechanisms in complex IT infrastructure.
- Present conclusions effectively, orally and in writing.