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System and Network Security

On Campus and Hybrid 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 a System and Network Security Administrator, you are responsible for planning and instituting security measures to safeguard your company’s computer system, as well as overseeing the seamless operation of the network’s infrastructure and administering company-wide systems.

As an I.T. professional, you will be well-versed in network security and administration, system administration, and infrastructure installation and testing. Your problem-solving and technical skills are highly valued.

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Start a Career in Two Years

Your career can start in just two years. An associate degree in system and network security 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. You will also work with Linux and Windows servers; network services such as web, email, DNS, DHCP, RRAS; Active Directory; subnetting; virtualization; VLAN; routing and wireless data communications.

In your career, you will:

  • Install firewalls/data encryption programs  
  • Report on security breaches/extent of damage  
  • Instruct users on new security products and proper use of hardware or software 
  • Recommend security upgrades  
  • Analyze simulation attacks for vulnerabilities  
  • Optimize system and network performance  
  • Oversee user access and security permissions
  • Troubleshoot system, network or security issues
  • Install and maintain Linux and Windows servers
  • Install and configure network services such as email, web, DNS, RDP and Active Directory
  • Install and configure network routers, switches, and wireless access points

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What is System and Network Security?

System and Network Security is a high-growth field in information technology. 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 System and Network Security at Southeast Tech? 

During your cybersecurity training in Sioux Falls, you will study in STC's hands-on lab located in the Southeast Technology Center, where 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 System and Network Security 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.

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What Can You Do With Your STC Degree? 

System and Network Security specialists find careers in a wide range of industries, including education, manufacturing, software publishing, financeinsurance and computer system design. 

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Southeast Tech's program curriculum for System and Network Security includes courses in Network Electronics, LINUX Administration, Wireless Data Communications and Operations Security.

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

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