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Computer Networking & Information Systems Security AAT and AAS-T Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 6 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 68 in reading and 33 in writing, or successful completion of ENG 082. Prior to completion of first quarter, student must provide documentation of a background check with the Washington State Patrol.

The CNISS program prepares students to pursue careers in a variety of entry- to mid-level positions including but not limited to help desk, network system administration and cyber security. Our instructors prepare students for careers involving the protection of information on computers and networks against unauthorized access or modification of information, and against the denial of service to authorized users. Includes those security measures, both physical and virtual, necessary to detect, document and counter such threats. Curriculum content includes basic and advanced computer and networking skills, physical and virtual security processes and procedures, and introduction to security management, planning and recovery.

The CNISS AAT/AAS-T program focuses primarily on the technical and problem-solving skills associated with PC and network management and cyber-security implementation but adds hands-on experience building computer and network systems. Additional skills include administration, configuration and security for Cisco, Linux and Microsoft products. Our focus also includes ethical hacking and prevention, assessing the security needs of computer networking systems, and developing safeguard solutions for computer and information-system infrastructures and countermeasures.

The AAT or AAS-T degree is earned by completing technical-core requirements, general-education requirements, and choosing one specialty option. (Option 1: Cisco Network Design Security; or Option 2: Computer & Communications Security.)

The program includes preparing students for the CompTIA A+, Security+, Linux+, Cisco CCENT, CCNA and Microsoft MCSA & MTA certification examinations and internship work experience

Employers include business and industrial firms, financial institutions, government agencies, consulting firms, software developers, health providers and Internet service providers. Innovations in computer technology continue to rapidly change and expand the computer security field. Therefore, the following courses of study may be subject to change in order to offer students training based on current industry standards.

The CNISS program is certified for cyber-security skills education through the National Security Agency’s Committee on National Systems Security. The program has been awarded the NSTISSI 4011 National Training Standards for Information Systems Security Professionals.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) or the Associate in Applied Science-T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
NSS 101IT Essentials I5
NSS 105CLIT Essentials II4
NSS 109CISCO Networking I5
NSS 120MS Desktop Support I5
NSS 125MS Desktop Support II4
NSS 135Implementing System Security4
NSS 139Server OS Installation and Configuration4
NSS 140Introduction to Data Analysis5
NSS 152Sharepoint Services Administration4
NSS 156Cyber Security Fundamentals4
NSS 160Introduction to Linux5
NSS 162Administering Windows Server OS4
NSS 164Virtualization and Cloud Technologies4
NSS 165Contingency Planning4
NSS 201Advanced Linux5
NSS 205Advanced Windows Server Configuration5
CNISS Program Option24-29
 Technical Credits95-105

IT Essentials I

Item #
NSS 101
Total Credits
5

Introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to competently install, build, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot and repair PC compatible hardware, including troubleshooting basic networks and Internet connectivity. Additionally, this course will cover the latest memory, bus, peripherals and wireless technologies. 

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IT Essentials II

Item #
NSS 105CL
Total Credits
4

Introduces students to the knowledge and skills necessary to competently use, install, configure, upgrade, and troubleshoot current operating systems technologies. 

Prerequisites
NSS 101 or equivalent knowledge and skills.
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CISCO Networking I

Item #
NSS 109
Total Credits
5

The first of four courses in the new Cisco NetAcad CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum, CCNA1, Networking Basics curriculum, which teaches basics of Ethernet technologies, cabling LANSs and WANS, network media, basics of TCP/IP and IP addressing and routing fundamentals.

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MS Desktop Support I

Item #
NSS 120
Total Credits
5

Introduces students to the knowledge, skills, and tasks necessary to troubleshoot basic problems computer users will face while running a desktop operating system. 

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MS Desktop Support II

Item #
NSS 125
Total Credits
4

Introduces students to the knowledge, skills and tasks necessary to troubleshoot basic problems computer users will face related to configuring and maintaining applications running on a desktop operating system. 

Prerequisites
NSS 120 or equivalent knowledge and skills.
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Implementing System Security

Item #
NSS 135
Total Credits
4

Capstone course of general security concepts, communications security, infrastructure security, basics of cryptography and organizational security. Includes access, attacks, auditing, vulnerabilities, devices, algorithms, protocols, disaster recover and documentation. 

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Server OS Installation and Configuration

Item #
NSS 139
Total Credits
4

Introduces knowledge, skills and tasks necessary to deploy, support, and secure windows server network operating systems in a variety of stand-alone and enterprise network environments. Provides hands-on training for Information Systems Security professionals responsible for managing accounts and resources, maintaining server resources, monitoring server performance, safeguarding data, and securing server network operating systems. Provides guidance for students pursuing industry certification.

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Introduction to Data Analysis

Item #
NSS 140
Total Credits
5

Introduces the use of software to perform recovery of deleted or corrupted data. Techniques will be used to demonstrate the use of statistical analysis practices to predict or show trends involving security issues of access, crime or loss prevention. 

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Sharepoint Services Administration

Item #
NSS 152
Total Credits
4

Introduces the knowledge and skills necessary for systems administrators to successfully install, manage and support SharePoint services. Serves as an introduction to administration, content management, and configuration of SharePoint services in a variety of network settings. Provides guidance for students pursuing industry certification.

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Cyber Security Fundamentals

Item #
NSS 156
Total Credits
4

This course introduces students to the evolving field of cybersecurity. Students will learn about common cyber-attacks and the techniques used to identify, detect, and defend against cybersecurity threats. They will also gain a basic understanding of personal, physical, network, Internet, and enterprise security. This course also provides a foundation for more advanced study of cybersecurity

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Introduction to Linux

Item #
NSS 160
Total Credits
5

Introduces the fundamentals of the UNIX operating system, concepts, architecture, and administration. The student will practice these basic concepts and approaches using LINUX. 

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Administering Windows Server OS

Item #
NSS 162
Total Credits
4

Introduces the knowledge and skills necessary for systems administrators to successfully implement core services in windows server operating systems. Provides hands-on exercises where students learn to configure and manage a wide range of services, including Windows deployment services, distributed file systems, and backup and recovery procedures. Provides guidance for students pursuing industry certification.

Prerequisites
NSS 139 Server OS Installation and Configuration.
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Virtualization and Cloud Technologies

Item #
NSS 164
Total Credits
4

Introduces virtualization and cloud technologies needed to advance in today’s technology workplace. Provides an overview of virtualization and cloud technologies focusing on using virtualization software in networked environments in building virtual networks, implementing clusters, enhancing performance and security, and using virtualization and cloud management tools to centralize management of multiple virtual servers. This class includes opportunities for hands-on learning experiences to build the skills necessary for a successful career in the computer industry, which is increasingly focused on virtualization.

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Contingency Planning

Item #
NSS 165
Total Credits
4

Course consists of an introduction to disaster recovery and contingency planning from an information technology (IT) perspective. It covers risk assessment, hazard analysis, business impact analysis, basic plan development and long-range contingency planning, all of which provide basic concepts and recommended processes for long-range contingency planning.

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Advanced Linux

Item #
NSS 201
Total Credits
5

Advanced fundamentals of the Linux operating system, servers and desktop computers. This course is a hands-on, practical approach to the advanced abilities and usage of Linux system concepts, architecture and administration. 

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Advanced Windows Server Configuration

Item #
NSS 205
Total Credits
5

Introduces the knowledge and skills necessary for systems administrators to successfully implement advanced services in Windows server operating systems. Provides extensive hands-on exercises where students learn to configure and manage a wide range of services, including network load balancing, clustering, DHCP, DNS, and direct access. Provides guidance for students pursuing industry certification.

Prerequisites
NSS 162 Administering Windows Server OS.
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CNISS Program Option

Total Credits
24-29
Computer Networking & Information Systems Security students must choose between the two program options: Cisco Network Design & Security or Computer & Communications Security. The course listings for each option are below.
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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements95-100
AAT General Education Requirements15
 Total Credits110-115

AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
15
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements95-100
AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements20
 Total Credits115-120

AAS-T Degree General Education Requirements

Total Credits
20
All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:
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This page was last updated on July 23, 2015.