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Information Technology-Systems Security (Cybersecurity) A.A.S. (A25590S)

Location(s): Carrington-Scott Campus (Graham Campus)


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Program Description

The IT Systems Security program at ACC prepares individuals for employment in the exciting field of cybersecurity and networking. Students will learn about Windows® and Linux system administration, Cisco® Routing & Switching, cyber exploits and methods of mitigation, and technology crimes and law. Concrete skills such as router and switch configuration, device hardening, cybercrime investigation techniques, and security policy design are emphasized.

Alamance Community College is an authorized Cisco Networking Academy institution. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Networking Academy students worldwide gain the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills needed to build, design, and maintain secure and reliable networks. These students are both improving their career trajectories and also filling the global demand for ICT professionals. The IT Systems Security degree combines NetAcad courseware with Linux and Cyber Crime curricula to prepare students for today’s security challenges.

Course work includes design, installation, configuration, and management of network infrastructure technologies and network operating systems. Emphasis is placed on the implementation and management of network software and the implementation and management of hardware such as switches and routers.

Graduates may find employment in entry-level jobs as security analysts, cyber threat responders, local area network managers, network operators, network analysts, and network technicians.

Students gain knowledge and hands-on experience aligned with the Cisco CCNA certification exam. Additional certifi- cation exams students will be prepared for include Security+, Network+, Linux+, LPIC, Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals, and MOS (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Develop an information technology security policy for an organization.
  • Prototype and troubleshoot a network topology using a network simulation tool.
  • Develop and execute a Linux shell script to automate an administrative task.
  • Give a professional, technical presentation pertaining to information technology.

First Year


Semester Total: 17 Contact Hour(s)


Semester Total: 13 Credit Hour(s)


Semester Total: 21 Contact Hour(s)


Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)


Summer 3rd Semester


Semester Total: 12 Contact Hour(s)


Semester Total: 9 Credit Hour(s)


Second Year


Fall 4th Semester


Semester Total: 20 Contact Hour(s)


Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)


Spring 5th Semester


Semester Total: 16-29 Contact Hour(s)


Semester Total: 12 Credit Hour(s)


Total: 86-109 Contact Hour(s)


Total: 64 Credit Hour(s)


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