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Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS

Pathway: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

More Options: Classroom Based, Remote Real-Time, Hyflex, Online, Hybrid

Program Length: 4 semesters

Location: Centennial, Rampart Range

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Why choose Cybersecurity at PPSC?

With Cybersecurity degrees or certificates at PPSC, you can move directly into high-demand career fields that offers job security, generous salaries and growth opportunities. Our certified programs will train you in hacking defenses and countermeasures, network-security fundamentals, security architecture and more.






Classes You Might Take

PPSC's Cybersecurity program offers a variety of classes to support a career in the most in-demand job field.
Network Security Fundamentals

Delivers a comprehensive overview of network security, including general security concepts. Communication Security is studied, including remote access, e-mail, the Web, directory and file transfer, and wireless data. Common network attacks are introduced. Cryptography basics are incorporated, and operational/organizational security is discussed as it relates to physical security, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Computer forensics is introduced.

Computer Architecture/ Assembly Language Programming

Introduces concepts of computer architecture, functional logic, design, and computer arithmetic. Focuses on the mechanics of information transfer and control within a computer system. Includes symbolic programming techniques, implementing high-level control structures, addressing modes and their relation to arrays, subprograms, parameters, linkage to high-level languages, and the assembly process.

Network Defense and Countermeasures

Examines the tools, techniques and technologies used in the technical securing of information assets. This course provides in-depth information of the software and hardware components of Information Security and Assurance. Topics include firewall configurations, hardening Unix and NT servers, Web and distributed systems security and specific implementation of security modes and architectures. The curriculum maps to the Security Certified Network Professional (SCP) Network Defense and Countermeasures exam.

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Is Cybersecurity right for You?

You should consider a career in Cybersecurity if you identify with some of the following:

  • Do you want to work in one of the most in-demand jobs fields?
  • Interested in finding a good paying job immediately after completing your degree?
  • Want to be able to work anywhere in the world?
  • Serve your country by working in national cyber defense?
  • Work with cutting edge technology?
  • Explore and work in an industry of the future?

If so, a career in Cybersecurity might be for you!

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Cyber Security degree program, you should be able to:

  • Apply the OSI Model and associated communications protocols
  • Analyze, design, install, configure, document, and troubleshoot network and system hardware and operating systems
  • Implement LANs using both static and dynamic addressing techniques, including subnetting
  • Identify risks, assess threats, and develop effective countermeasures aimed at protecting computer assets and data
  • Test perimeter defense configurations and penetration
  • Demonstrate advanced level knowledge of perimeter defense configurations, and penetration testing
  • Apply scripting and programming skills to test and secure software
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, using proper computer system and networking terminology
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Karen Medville

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PPSC laid the foundation for me to build on. It provided the appropriate level of course work that I needed in order to believe in myself.

Karen Medville
American Indian Program Manager | Class of 1985

Cybersecurity Faculty Contact

Nate Wadman
W209-s rampart campus

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