IT Security Specialist

IT Security Specialist

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

All organizations today experience ongoing and evolving threats to data security. More than ever they rely on skilled IT security specialists to protect the information in their computer networks and cloud-based systems as well as ensure safe transmission of data to and from external entities.

A Closer Look

IT security specialists leverage an in-depth understanding of cybersecurity threats, firewall technologies, and countermeasures to ensure secure computer systems. This may include installing and configuring security hardware and software to prevent attacks, monitoring and protecting against network breaches, and responding to cyberattacks with the appropriate countermeasures.

Security specialists often train staff on appropriate security practices within an organization and how to properly use computers to reduce security vulnerabilities. Many are tasked with developing and documenting policies or procedures for employees to follow. Security specialists often coordinate with outside security vendors and internal or external customers to assist with testing and securing systems.

What You'll Learn

Graduates of this program understand the security measures needed to safeguard an organization’s electronic files and computer networking infrastructure. Students will be involved in planning, implementing, and monitoring information technology security systems.

Through hands-on projects, you will learn ethical hacking techniques in order to fully understand network vulnerabilities. You will also learn effective ways to implement intrusion detection systems to mitigate security risks. Includes demonstration of the use of computer forensics to help track down and stop potential information security breaches.


  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Security Specialist

Program Information Guide

See the printable Program Information Guide to learn about career pathways, transfer opportunities, program outcomes, and more. If you are unable to access this document, please contact a new student specialist by calling 888.575.6782.

Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility

Expected Program Costs

Cost based on the 2018/2019 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,074.83
  • Books: $1,763.12
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $10,837.95

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.


Catalog# Title Credits
Term: 1
10150110 Networking I 3.00
10151105 Linux 3.00
10152101 Intro to Programming 3.00
10154102 Hardware Essentials I 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10801195 Written Communication 3.00
(15 Credits)
Term: 2
10102213 Requirements Analysis 3.00
10150111 Networking II 3.00
10150120 Server Administration-Beginning 3.00
10150165 Network Server Scripting 3.00
10151110 Information Security 1 3.00
10801198 Speech 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 3
10150112 Networking III 3.00
10151111 Information Security 2 3.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
10809103 Think Critically & Creatively 3.00
10809166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Application 3.00
(15-16 Credits)
Term: 4
10151112 Information Security 3 3.00
10151141 IT-Security Internship 3.00
10151160 Ethical Hacking 3.00
10151161 IT Security Capstone 3.00
10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
(15 Credits)
Total Credits: 63-64