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Cybersecurity and Network Systems

Cybersecurity and Network Systems Program Description

Securing data systems is a major ongoing challenge in today's world, and our Cyber Security and Network Systems degree program can prepare you to enter this exciting and challenging field. There is a growing need for more hands-on experienced professionals.

It is an analyst’s job to fix cyber attack issues to prevent hackers from stealing data or creating havoc within networks. Information security analysts’ responsibilities continue to expand as the number of cyber attacks increase, leading to an increase in the number of professionals needed in the field today. Some of the leading industries for cyber security professionals are finance and insurance, information, computer systems and management. Our program prepares students for the numerous career opportunities in such industries demanding cyber security analysts.

Students in the program will be exposed to reality-based situations and projects assisted by experienced faculty members. The program will prepare students to be technically proficient in both operating systems and networking technologies by practicing specific disciplines and responsibilities that occur in real companies.

Total In-State Tuition: $16,455
Total Out-of-State Tuition: $25,235

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes.

All-inclusive pricing includes course fees, in addition to the following:

PER SEMESTER
$300......Learning Fee
$20........Health Center Services
$75........Career Center Services

OPTIONAL FEES
$53......Parking
$275....Smart Start*
*Recommended for all first-year college students
Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found online here.

A Career in Cyber Security and Network Systems Offers a Variety of Opportunities 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and industry groups, employment opportunities in networking with a cyber security focus are expected to be much better than average for the foreseeable future.

As more companies are moving online, the demand for cyber security professionals is rapidly increasing in numerous industries across the United States.

Most computer jobs, especially those with large companies, are found in metropolitan areas, which may require relocation after graduation.

Typically, students would enter the field as a network technician or network operator. After further experience, job titles would include IT security specialist, infosec technician, information security manager, IT security analyst and network security consultant.    

Graduates also have the ability to continue their education at a four-year college or university, usually as a junior, through transfer opportunities.

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The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security and Network Systems major:

  • Analyze a problem and develop a logical plan for a solution.
  • Design, implement, maintain and troubleshoot a small business network.
  • Document network architecture, hardware and software.
  • Perform common and administrative tasks on multiple operating platforms.
  • Identify and describe the characteristics of protocols used in networking.
  • Identify and describe current trends in cyber security.
  • Install and configure PC-based security software (anti-virus, anti-malware, password management and browser-based).
  • Utilize current industry tools to identify, analyze and document network traffic.
  • Configure a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for secure communication over insecure networks.
  • Configure and implement firewalls to protect network infrastructure.
  • Install, configure and implement a secure wireless network infrastructure.
  • Interact effectively in both technical and non-technical environments.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Applied Science in Cyber Security and Network Systems major:

  • Analyze a problem and develop a logical plan for a solution.
  • Design, implement, maintain and troubleshoot a small business network.
  • Document network architecture, hardware and software.
  • Perform common and administrative tasks on multiple operating platforms.
  • Identify and describe the characteristics of protocols used in networking.
  • Identify and describe current trends in cyber security.
  • Install and configure PC-based security software (anti-virus, anti-malware, password management and browser-based).
  • Utilize current industry tools to identify, analyze and document network traffic.
  • Configure a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for secure communication over insecure networks.
  • Configure and implement firewalls to protect network infrastructure.
  • Install, configure and implement a secure wireless network infrastructure.
  • Interact effectively in both technical and non-technical environments.

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 48%
2015 - 2016 54%
2014 - 2015 57%

 

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    __________________________________________
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 18.18%
2015 - 2016 31.43%
2014 - 2015 23.33%

 

What is the job market for those who graduate from the Cybersecurity and Network Systems program?

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for graduates in the field of Cyber Security and Network Systems is at 28% from 2016 - 2026.  This is much higher than the average job outlook of 7%.

What kind of programs does the Cybersecurity and Network Systems class use?

At Hocking College, we use a wide variety of programs and operating systems to become accustomed to the current industry tools. Some programs we use are wireshark for analyzing network traffic, Kali Linux and a vast number of its applications these are typically used within a virtual environment like virtualbox and/or vmware.  

You will get experience in windows based security tools (defender, firewall, etc.) in pursuit of security and testing. We also use simulation environments like packet tracer for networking as well as putty and teraterm applications when working with physical network hardware.  We will also be utilizing Linux operating systems such as raspbian, ubuntu, and other programs like the security onion as we pursue the Cybersecurity and Network Systems degree.

What is Cisco?

Cisco is one of the largest tech companies in the U.S. the also taken on philanthropic work where they create an educational curriculum that is provided thru Cisco’s Networking Academy.  These courses are geared toward current industry need and are certification preparation courses that prepare you for relevant industry-recognized certifications. Hocking College offers many courses through Cisco’s Networking Academy.  

What certifications will I have once I complete the program?

  • Cisco CCENT Certification

  • CompTIA A+ Certification

  • CompTIA Security+ Certification

  • Cisco CCNA Security Certification

  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker Certification

  • A new Python Certificate created by the Python Institute  

What is a typical semester like in the Cybersecurity and Network Systems program?

Your typical semester will consist of courses that involve lecture, group discussion, labs that involve both physical equipment and simulation environments.  Your knowledge will be tested through assessments of written and hands-on formats. Along with program courses you will also have general education courses sprinkled in so that you are prepared for all facets within a potential future career.

What if I want to continue to a 4-year degree after completing the Cybersecurity and Network Systems program?

Credits earned at Hocking College will transfer to many 4-year institutions. We also have agreements with Akron University for a 2+2 degree and a 3+1 degree with Franklin University.  In this agreement, you would be able to complete 3 years at Hocking College and 1 year at Franklin University and will have earned your bachelors degree.

For more information, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.


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