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Information Technology Security

Associate Degree Program - 68 Credits     

If an organization’s computer network is key to it staying competitive in today’s fast-paced business climate, then protecting that highly valued asset is essential. As an Information Technology Security Technician, you are responsible for planning and instituting security measures to safeguard your company’s computer system.

As an I.T. professional, you will oversee the computer network infrastructure and protect the network and other resources from unauthorized access.

Your career can start in just two years. An associate degree in cybersecurity from Southeast Tech gives you the skills to maintain firewalls, monitor the network for suspicious activity, institute intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and limit unauthorized access. Your degree will launch a career where you will:  

  • Install firewalls/data encryption programs  
  • Report on security breaches/extent of damage  
  • Instruct users on new security products  
  • Recommend security upgrades  
  • Analyze simulation attacks for vulnerabilities  
  • Author “best practices” standards

Salaries for Information Security Analysts


The median annual wage for Information Security Analysts in South Dakota in 2020, according to the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES), Labor Market Information Center, South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.


Job Placement Rate


Southeast Tech's Information Technology Security program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2021 graduates.

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What is Cybersecurity?

Information technology security is a high-growth field, with a projected 31% growth through 2029 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Innovative solutions are needed to prevent data breaches at organizations across the nation. As an I.T. security technician, you will have a role in your organization’s disaster relief plan as well as preventive measures such as housing data at an offsite location.   

Why Study I.T. Security at Southeast Tech? 

During your cybersecurity training in Sioux Falls, you will learn the troubleshooting skills and technical proficiency necessary to solve a problem using computer programs as well as the ability to determine work-around solutions in time-sensitive situations. Valuable tools for your field to ensure business continuity include user authentication, disaster recovery procedures, firewalls and intrusion prevention systems. Your Associate of Applied Science degree also helps you:  

Demonstrate Professionalism / Communication: Working with STC’s faculty, you will gain confidence in outlining new technologies to inform users, writing manuals on operating systems and upgrades and documenting operational statuses.  

Enhance Your Critical Thinking Skills: You will become adept at analyzing and communicating the impact of new technologies and upgrades on your organization’s existing system.

Become Adept at Customer Relations: An associate degree in cybersecurity from Southeast Technical College will teach you effective customer service skills to enhance user satisfaction.  

The Extended Learning Advantage: As an I.T. technician, you will benefit from membership in professional organizations and pursuing other professional development and training opportunities.

What Can You Do With Your STC Degree? 

IT security specialists find careers in a wide range of industries, including education, manufacturing, software publishing, finance, insurance and computer system design. 

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Southeast Tech’s program curriculum for I.T. Security totals 71 credits, including classes in Network Electronics, Routers and WANs, Advanced Linux, Wireless Data Communications, Network Services and Security, and Operations Security. 



Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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Kenneth Schaffer

Computer Network Security Instructor
Information Technology - Networking
Technology Center 107

Todd Wohlwend

System Administration Instructor
Information Technology - Networking
Technology Center 107

Merrel Pepper

Network Administration Instructor
Information Technology - Networking
Technology Center 107

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Other Programs Related to Information Technology Security  

If you’re interested in becoming a cybersecurity technician, you might also be interested in these other I.T. programs at Southeast Tech:  

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