Cyber and Information Security Degree Prepares You for Evolving Field
The field of cyber security is still evolving right along with technology, generating jobs at a much faster pace than the national average. In fact, information security jobs are projected to grow by 40 percent or more over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Lorain County Community College has unveiled an exciting new associate of applied science degree in cyber and information security.
The degree is offered by the division of engineering, business and information technologies and prepares students for employment in a variety of careers in cyber security with roles such as network security specialist, information security technician and cybersecurity specialist.
“Cyber security is a booming industry right here in Northeast Ohio,” program coordinator Lawrence Atkinson said. “Fraud, identity theft, and trafficking in child pornography have all been identified by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as serious crimes, and trained experts are needed to track down perpetrators and prevent illegal activities.”
In addition to basic computer and networking skills, this degree provides a solid foundation in information assurance, cybercrime investigation, ethical hacking, digital forensics, network forensics, cyber operations, Internet of Things, data collection, software exploitation, analysis of malicious code, reverse engineering, data integrity, risk assessment and mitigation techniques. Lab work and assignments will present real world cyber security scenarios encountered in the work place. Industry standard software will be used for digital forensics studies.
This degree program goes well with other IT programs, such as computer networking, network systems and other programs. Students who have already earned an associate degree in an IT area can add this credential by taking a few semesters of classes, Atkinson said. Veterans may also do very well in this field, he added.
Short-term and one-year certificates are also available in computer security. LCCC has articulation agreements with colleges and universities including programs offered by LCCC’s University Partnership that lead to bachelor’s degrees.
LEARN MORE about this program at one of these information sessions:
• 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9 in room 205 of LCCC’s University Partnership Ridge Campus.
• 6 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 11 in room 131 of LCCC’s Nord Advanced Technologies Center.
RSVP at www.lorainccc.edu/cyber or call Lawrence Atkinson at (440) 366-7050.
Convert IT Certifications to College Credit – Earn Your Degree Faster
If you have earned IT certifications in the past, but need to show you are current with today’s technology or want to earn a degree, LCCC’s Validate IT program can help.
“We can convert certifications into college credit and then fill in your gaps with other modules to get you up to date or on your way to a degree,” said Hikmat Chedid, professor in LCCC’s Engineering, Business and Information Technologies division.
This program is great for working professionals or employers who want their IT team to stay current with industry standards, Chedid noted. It is a competency- based, project-based program where a detailed assessment of each student’s skills is done to determine their needs.
Those who successfully complete the Validate IT program receive full college credit from LCCC.
The certificates and associate degrees available through the Validate IT program include:
• computer and digital forensics,
• computer applications integration specialist
• computer maintenance and networking.
LEARN MORE about converting IT certifications to college credit at one of these information sessions:
- 10 a.m., Wed., Jan. 10 in room 201 of the University Partnership Ridge Campus, or
- 6 p.m., Wed., Jan. 10 in room 207 of the Campana Center for Ideation and Invention.
Get additional information at www.lorainccc.edu/validate or call Program Advisor Carrie Delaney at (440) 366-4726 or Professor Hikmat Chedid at (440) 366-7017.