Computers: Cyber Security Technology A.A.S.

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

The Cyber Security program of study prepares students to be employed in a cybersecurity position upon graduation.  Students hone their skills and focus on becoming experts at identifying threats.  Students perform threat assessment and apply best practices towards defending and securing a computer network. 

Students who complete this A.A.S degree will have earned a Computers: Cyber Security certificate and Computers: Cyber Security diploma by completion.

Job Outlook

10,052 Jobs (2020)

+2.6% Change from 2020-2025

What will you do

Cyber Security has a Bright Outlook. There are 170 projected annual job openings in Iowa for a change of +34% and 80 projected annual job openings for a change of +38% through 2026. (O*NET)

The Cyber Security Certificate, Diploma, and Associate of Applied Science programs are designed to place students into the workforce at different entry levels upon completion of each earned credential.

Students completing the cybersecurity education programs may find jobs in fields such as Data Security Administrator, Information Security Officer, Information Security Specialist, Information Systems Security Analyst, Information Systems Security Officer, Information Technology Security Analyst (IT Security Analyst), Information Technology Specialist, Network Security Analyst, Security Analyst, Systems Analyst


  • Entry: $25.82
  • Average: $38.01
  • Experienced: $77.31

Career Examples

  • Java Developers
  • Systems Administrators
  • Network Engineers (Computer and Mathematical)
  • Information Security Analysts
  • IT Help Desk Specialists
  • Systems Engineers (Computer and Mathematical)
  • Database Administrators
  • Security Engineers

First Semester

NET 790 - PC Support I 3.0 Credit(s)
CSC 121 - Operating Systems 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 601 - Introduction to Cryptography 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 602 - Cyber Investigations and Forensics 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 616 - Network and Information Security Basics 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 617 - Information Systems, Forensics, and Legal Topics 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

Second Semester

NET 313 - Windows Server 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 418 - LINUX Administration 3.0 Credit(s)
NET 142 - Network Essentials 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 619 - Network Attacks, Intrusions, and Penetration Testing 3.0 Credit(s)
ENG 110 - Writing For The Workplace 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 15.0 Credits

Third Semester

CIS 621 - Assessments and Audits 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 623 - Boundary Protection 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 625 - Information Assurance Fundamentals 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 332 - Database and SQL 3.0 Credit(s)
MAT 743 - Technical Math 1 3.0 Credit(s)
SOC 240 - Criminology 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

Fourth Semester

CIS 627 - Building Secure Environments 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 628 - Information Warfare 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 629 - Security Capstone 3.0 Credit(s)
CIS 127 - Introduction to Programming 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 195 - Workplace Empowerment 3.0 Credit(s)
SPC 122 - Interpersonal Communication 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 18.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 69.0


1May substitute MAT 102 or higher


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Recognize the fundamentals of cyber security and system administration.
  • Apply various methods of cyber security investigation and forensics.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of network systems and network security.
  • Illustrate how to protect and secure environments from cyber threats.

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