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 IT 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 IT security specialists

$99,730

The median annual wage for IT security specialists in the U.S. in 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Job Placement Rate

100%

Southeast Tech's Information Technology Security program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2019 graduates.

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What is Cybersecurity  

Information technology security is a high-growth field, with a projected 28% growth through 2026 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Innovative solutions are needed to prevent data breaches at organizations across the nation. As an IT 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 IT 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 STI’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 Institute will teach you effective customer service skills to enhance user satisfaction.  

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

What can you do with your STI 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 IT Security totals 71 credits, including classes in Network Electronics, Routers and WANs, Advanced Linux, Wireless Data Communications, Network Services and Security, and Operations Security. 

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Cost   

Costs for this program are calculated based on a charge of $248 per credit hour, plus applicable fees. 

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Faculty

Kenneth Schaffer

Computer Network Security Instructor
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If you’re interested in becoming a cybersecurity technician, you might also be interested in these other IT programs at Southeast Tech:  

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