Academic Program Proposal

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College of Southern Maryland
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Associate of Applied ScienceArea of Concentration (A.o.C.) in Network Security3/16/2018Approved4/2/2018
Area of Concentration (A.o.C.) in Network Security Program Description
This degree program prepares students who are currently employed in the cybersecurity field, including active law enforcement, as well as those without prior work experience to develop the skills and knowledge required of practitioners in a variety of cybersecurity settings. <br> <br>The first semester is the same for all students in this program. The first semester is designed to provide all students with a basic foundation in computer theory. The second semester is where students begin to explore cybersecurity concepts. At the conclusion of the second semester the&nbsp;&nbsp; student will select, which track they wish to pursue. This ability to select a track will provide students with the options to meet both their educational and specific career goals. <br> <br>The tracks are critical to ensuring that the educational plan supports the students career&nbsp;&nbsp; goals considering that cybersecurity is not a homogenous field. The previous degree plan failed to realize this reality, which has required our students to seek additional training in order to seek gainful employment in certain cybersecurity positions. The addition of the tracks also expands our ability to create specific and meaningful relationships with various regional employers. <br> <br>Students pursuing the network security track will navigate through the entire network course sequence and upon completion will have sufficient knowledge to sit for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) industry certification. The track will place special emphasis on the knowledge, skills, and abilities to implement, administer, and secure networks of various sizes. <br>