Information Technology Cyber Security

North Central State College’s cyber security degree is a great starting point for a successful and exciting career in Information Technology – Cyber Security. Students learn how to detect and defend against network infrastructure attacks by learning how to think like a hacker—and how to use the tools hackers use to penetrate network defenses. Successful students can earn the following information technology and security certifications:

  • EC-Council: Certified Ethical Hacker, Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator
  • Cisco: CCENT
  • CompTIA: Cloud+(CV0-002), Linux+, and Security+
  • Microsoft: Installation, Storage. and Compute with Windows Server 2016 (70-740)

Graduates of this program develop problem solving and communication skills necessary to function effectively with end-users and decision makers throughout all levels of the organization. Our graduates develop life-long learning skills—the key to success in the exciting and dynamic field of Cyber Security.

NCSC graduates are employed as Incident Handlers, Security Auditors, Security Specialists, Penetration Testers, and other related positions within the information security realm. Graduates work in private, public, and government sectors for businesses and industries that require security practitioners to meet government regulations or to help safeguard company resources and data.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded for the completion of this program.

Where You Could Go

Where You Could Go

NC State has over 40 agreements with four-year colleges and universities to provide a smooth transition for students would want to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  Through university partnerships, some four-year courses are also offered on the NC State campus or online,

North Central State College has articulation agreements specifically for Information Technology Students with Western Governors’ UniversityDeVry UniversityFranklin University, and Herzing University.

$93,705Average Yearly Salary

Information Security Analysts

Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

$73,469Average Yearly Salary

Network and Computer Systems Administrator

Install, configure, and support an organization’s local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Program Outcomes

Students earning an IT Cyber Security degree from NCSC are prepared to:

  1. Use ethical hacking to perform penetration testing, and perform digital forensics to collect information about cyber incidents.
  2. Compare and contrast common network security components and devices and their use throughout the IT infrastructure.
  3. Implement and administer SMB network security: identify and remediate threats and secure data and network communication.
  4. Implementing the concepts of confidentiality, availability and integrity in information assurance, including physical, software, devices, policies, and people.
  5. Attain Cisco®, CompTIA®, EC-Council©, or VMware® certification.