IT Security Specialist

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose IT Security Specialist?

  • Prepare for an entry-level position in the large and growing world of cybersecurity.
  • A great career choice for creative thinkers and problem solvers who are self-motivated and work well with others.
  • Capable IT security specialists are often able to advance to positions of greater responsibility.
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.

Program Locations

Stevens Point Campus
1001 Centerpoint Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

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.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2019/2020 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $9,286.97
  • Books: $1,469.49
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $35.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $10,791.46

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

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

Instructors

CASEY TRADER, AAS, BS

Casey earned his bachelor’s degree in information communication technologies from University of Wisconsin-Stout and is a Cisco Certified Network Associate. He has over 10 years of experience in IT with an emphasis on networking and systems design, from carrier grade to enterprise environments. Casey maintains his skills and industry connections as a member of the Central Wisconsin IT Alliance and by attending various security-related conferences. He is passionate about the open source community and enjoys contributing to it.

“I teach because I want to make a difference.”

Careers

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

“I teach because I want to make a difference.”

CASEY TRADER
INSTRUCTOR

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