Students who earn a Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense in the Eastern Michigan online program will enter a high-demand field upon graduation, with rapid placement in an understaffed, up-and-coming industry.
In fact, Cybersecurity Ventures projects that by 2021, there will be 3.5 million jobs in this field.
Graduates will have gained the ability to build and administer a basic computer network with the help of a few select courses. The degree program consists of 124 credit hours, with 12 of those being foundational requirements, 51 hours of core courses and 21 hours of elective courses.
Aside from learning to build and administer a network, graduates will also learn file, hardware and user account management. They will also learn how to perform security vulnerability-risk analysis on computer networks and how to interpret possible cybersecurity breaches and evaluate risks. Graduates will have a firm grasp of cyber security laws and legislation as well as project management.
Core Courses to Build a Network
Following are four of the core classes that will help students learn the skills of building and administering a basic computer network:
IT 150: Networking I: This seven-week course gives students basic knowledge of network components and how they work. It also prepares students for part of the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification exam and gives them knowledge on how to install, configure and troubleshoot networks. Obtaining CCNA certification opens up several specialized jobs such as network administrator or network analyst as well as cloud engineer and security engineer. CISCO has 10 different CCNA certifications for different skill sets, and all 10 relate to different occupations. The 10 different certifications are as follows:
- Routing and Switching
- Cyber Ops
- Data Center
- Service Provider
IA 212: Open Systems Platform and Network Administration: In this seven-week course, students get a general intro to client/server networking and basic information and assurance practices. Students learn Linux as well as file and hardware management. Learning how to build and administer a basic network is also part of the course syllabus.
IA 244: Administration of Computer Systems: This seven-week course teaches general best practices for operating systems for networks in an educational space or in small- to mid-sized organizations. It focuses on the administration side of networks.
IA 354: Networking II: The three previous courses prepare students for this seven-week course in which students are tasked with building two- to n-tiered networks using CISCO IOS. The concept of web and network security is also introduced here for both LAN (local area network) and WAN (wide area network) environments. The course also expands on knowledge learned in the prerequisite courses, such as Networking I.
The online Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense program at EMU prepares graduates for career opportunities in a fast-growing field that pays well and provides strong job security. The wide variety of core courses will help students gain the know-how to both build and administer a network.
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