Computer Security Associate Degree Programs

A computer security associate degree will enable you to design more secure network and desktop systems, among other things. Read on to learn more about what the program teaches you, program requirements, certification choices and career prospects. Schools offering Computer Forensics degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in a Computer Security Associate Degree Program?

Many schools offer associate degree programs in computer security either on campus or online, though distance learning programs are generally offered through for-profit institutions. You'll learn to evaluate the needs of a computer network system, install the right programs and ensure they're protected against the latest security threats. In addition to coursework, you'll also get hands-on experience with computers to familiarize yourself with different operating systems. You may also be required to complete a capstone project prior to graduation. Typical topics of study include:

  • Tools and features of UNIX operating systems
  • Windows operating system capabilities
  • Network and desktop protection
  • Local and wide area network administration
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Network security in corporate business
  • Computer crime
  • Data recovery
  • Hacker tools and techniques

Field Focus Network and desktop protection, computer crime, data recovery, algorithms and data structures
Online Options Yes; however, these options are generally offered by for-profit institutions
Admission Requirements High school diploma or GED; Information Technology certificates may count towards credits
Certifications Available Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) and others
Certification Disciplines Security management, forensics, software security
Career Opportunities Help desk specialist, information assurance analyst, data security specialist

What Are the Requirements?

Computer security associate degree programs typically do not have any prerequisites other than a high school diploma or GED. However, if you already hold certain Information Technology (IT) certifications such as CompTIA, Microsoft, Oracle or Cisco, some schools may award you a designated number of credits towards your degree.

Will This Program Prepare Me for Certification?

While certification may not be required for employment, it enhances your employment opportunities by demonstrating your knowledge in certain areas of computer security. A number of organizations - such as Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) - offer certification exams for computer security specialists. An associate degree program will prepare you for some of these exams; you'll be eligible for others as you gain experience in the field. You can choose certification exams based on your area of interest and expertise. For example, GIAC offers certification exams for skill levels from basic through expert in areas such as security management, forensics and software security.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

Network security is a problem faced by individuals and businesses everywhere, making computer security a rapidly growing field. As a graduate of an associate degree program in computer security, you should have many career opportunities. Some of the job titles you may find include technical support and help desk specialist, information assurance analyst, data security specialist and network security support technician.

According to U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security specialists should see an employment growth of 18% or more from 2014-2024. As of May 2015, the annual median wage for these professionals was $90,120.

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