What is cybersecurity?
The Cybersecurity program will prepare students to design, develop, and maintain secure computer systems and provide security for the users they service. Students in this program will study cybersecurity as it relates to hardware, software, user, and data security. The Network Defense track is currently available at BSCTC.
Cybersecurity is a discipline that is needed in every aspect of our society. Organizations that do electronic business are required to keep the information that they handle secure from hackers and others. Many organizations are just identifying the need for Cybersecurity professionals. Data and networks have to be secured to do business in the world today. Businesses often hire consulting agencies or hire Cybersecurity specialists to secure networks.
What are my career options?
Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 31 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.
Quick Facts: Information Security Analyst
- 2019 Median Pay: $99,730/yr - $47.95/hr
- Typical Entry-Level Education: Associate Degree to Bachelor's Degree
- Work Experience in a Related occupation: Less than 5 years
- On-the-job Training: None
- Number of Jobs, 2018: 112,300
- Employment Change, 2018-2019: 35,500
Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook, August 16, 2020
What are my degree, diploma or certificate options?
BSCTC students can earn an Associates in Applied Science with a track in Network Defense.
- ENG 101: Writing I - 3 hrs
- Mat 150: College Algebra - 3 hrs
- Social and Behavioral Course - 3 hrs
- Heritage or Humanities Course - 3 hrs
- Natural Science Course - 3 hrs
Total General Education Course Credit Hours: 15
- Digital Literacy - 0-3 hrs
- CYS 100: Cybersecurity Orientation - 1 hr
- CYS 101: Cybersecurity Foundations - 3 hrs
- CYS 130: Introduction to Cyber Forensics - 3 hrs
- CYS 140: Data Security - 3 hrs
- CYS 145: Foundations of Cyber Systems - 3 hrs
- CYS 150: Secure Software Development I - 3 hrs
- CYS 202: Human, Organizational, and Societal Security - 3 hrs
- CYS 245: Advanced Cyber Systems - 3 hrs
- CYS 285: Cryptography - 3 hrs
- ENG 102: Writing II - 3 hrs
- Oral Communications - 3 hrs
- CYS 299: Cybersecurity Capstone - 3hrs
Total Technical Course Credit Hours: 34-37
- CYS 235: Network and cloud Forensics - 3 hrs
- CYS 247: Linux Security - 3hrs
- CYS 248: Network Security and Authentication - 3 hrs
- CYS 249: Ethical Hacking - 3 hrs
- Cyber Elective - 0-3 hrs
Total Network Defense Track Course Credit Hours: 12-15
- CYS 231: Internet of Things Security - 3 hrs
- CYS 234: Computer Operating Systems Forensics - 3 hrs
- CYS 249: Ethical Hacking - 3 hrs
- CYS 250: Secure Software Development II - 3 hrs
- CYS 258: Survey of Programming Languages - 3 hrs
- CRI 211: Liability and Legal Issues - 3 hrs
Other electives can be approved by the CYS coordinator.
Length of Program
Competition of the program should take two years, assuming that you maintain full-time enrollment status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
* This program is currently in cohort testing and pending SACSCOC approval