Securing Information Technology at Iowa Central
Securing Information Technology
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Securing Information Technology Program

The Securing Information Technology AAS degree is designed to provide a comprehensive program to develop a skilled workforce in the field of information technology and network security. This program provides graduates with specific skills related to the investigation and analysis of cyber intrusions and the maintenance of security protocols on information technology networks of various sizes. Graduates will be able to help organizations protect critical information, critical network infrastructure, assess threats, vulnerabilities, documentation and assist with forensic analysis of cyber incidents. The curriculum covers: preserving information confidentiality and protection, compliance, data and system integrity, availability, authenticity, and utility, and understanding the network infrastructure.

Full-time students can complete this degree in approximately 2 years.

Another feature of the program is preparation for industry certifications.

These certifications include CompTIA Security+, CySA+, CEH, Linux+, CHFI.

Between September 2017 and August 2018 there were more than 300,000 cybersecurity job openings nationally in private and public sectors.

Hiring managers noted only 25% of applicants were qualified for these positions. According to a 2019 (ISC) Cybersecurity Workforce study, the global cybersecurity workers need to grow by 145% to meet the demand for skilled cybersecurity talent (pre-COVID-19 statistics). The program is available to students with varied backgrounds. Sign up now and get on the fast track to the many employment opportunities including preserving information confidentiality and protection, compliance, data and system integrity, availability, authenticity, and utility, and understanding the network infrastructure.

Career Outlook

The ESG/ISSA survey revealed that:  Cybersecurity professionals have solid ideas for skills advancement. When asked how they improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities, 76% of cybersecurity professionals said attending specific cybersecurity training courses, 71% said participating in professional organizations, and 53% said attending industry trade shows.   Cybersecurity job satisfaction depends on culture and continuing education. Cybersecurity professionals find job satisfaction from organizations that provide incentives for career advancement, provide an opportunity to work with other skilled cybersecurity professionals, and support a strong commitment to cybersecurity by business leaders.

Cybersecurity Career Pathway


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Securing Information Technology Scholarship Opportunities


  • In addition to General, Foundation, and External Scholarship opportunities there are many other scholarships available for Computer Networking Technology students. Check out the links below and see what scholarships might be available for you!
  • Dale and Donna Decker Transportation Scholarship Awarded to students enrolled in the diesel, logistics, accounting, semi-truck driving, or CNT programs at Iowa Central. Satisfactory academic standing, good moral character, and financial need are all considered.
  • Program scholarships available

Course Schedule


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Potential Careers


  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • IT Auditor
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Cyber Security Manager / Administrator
  • Systems Engineer
  • Network Engineer / Architect
  • Vulnerability Analyst / Penetration Tester
  • Cyber Security Specialist / Technician

Contact Us


Instructors

Marc Matthes (Advisor)
515-574-1099
matthes@iowacentral.edu
Andrew Thompson (Advisor)
515-574-1117
thompson_an@iowacentral.edu

Diversity is important to me. For people to learn and grow, there must be diversity in the workplace, schools, and sports. That is another reason I wanted to go to Iowa Central; there are so many people here from across the world, all with different backgrounds and life experiences. I saw Iowa Central as an opportunity not only to grow in both academics and in athletics, but also to become a stronger person.

Lilia Alvarez
Pre-Vet
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