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Are you fascinated by the ins and outs of cybersecurity? Would you like to learn how to prevent and detect threats and vulnerabilities, and how to respond to the ones that slip through? Both seasoned information technology students and newcomers to the field can get started through AACC’s Department of Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics. AACC holds the reputation of being the first community college in the country to be certified by the National Security Administration (NSA).


Career Degrees

AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in this area of study. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you the skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into agreements allowing this degree to transfer to select colleges. Where that is the case, it's noted with the degree below.

Digital Forensics, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, A.A.S.

The Digital Forensics concentration is designed to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. The program emphasizes the proper handling of digital evidence; tools and techniques utilized in forensics analysis, importance of proper documentation and report generation; and the laws and ethics governing evidence handling. The program fully maps to the eight knowledge domains currently specified by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and fully prepares students for the Cyber Incident Responder (CIR) exam sponsored by the DC3 National Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence program and the Access Data Certified Examiner (ACE). In addition, the program objectives support the CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications but does not provide certification exam training or certification testing. 

If you are interested in transferring to a four-year institution, AACC has the following agreements to ensure a direct transfer for this degree:

  • University of Maryland, University College Cybersecurity Manager degree
  • Capitol College
  • Strayer University Information Systems
  • Excelsior College Information Technology

Note: Fast Track option available for those already holding a college degree.

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Networking, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, A.A.S.

The Networking Concentration prepares students for careers installing, repairing and/or administering local and wide area networks. The program objectives support the CCNA (Certified Cisco Network Administrator) certification, but do not provide certification exam training or certification testing.

Note: Fast Track option available for those already holding a college degree.

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Security, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, A.A.S.

The Security concentration prepares students for entry-level careers in information assurance and cybersecurity. Computer security and information assurance concepts are augmented with current industry practices and tools. The program fully maps to National Security Telecommunications and System Security Instruction (NSTISSI) 4011 and 4013 standards. The program objectives support the CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician) certifications, but does not provide certification exam training or certification testing.  

Note: Fast Track option available for those already holding a college degree.

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Credit Certificates

The department also offers the following certificates.

Advanced Digital Forensics

This certificate program provides students the knowledge and skills necessary to execute forensic investigations of networks, hosts, and mobile devices, including the use of standard computer forensics and evidence handling techniques to collect, process, review, analyze and produce electronic evidence. Successful completion of the courses in this certificate prepares a student for the Cyber Incident Responder (CIR) exam sponsored by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), National Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) program. 

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Advanced Network Security

Students in this program receive the hands-on skills and knowledge to protect computer networks including the design and implementation of firewalls, IDS, wireless security, cryptography, Linux security and Windows security. In addition to network security fundamentals, students learn valuable defense and countermeasures.

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Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Preparation

Students learn to install, configure, operate and troubleshoot medium-size router and switched networks. Principles include basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and hands-on, performance-based skills. The certificate objectives support the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification but does not provide certification exam training or certification testing.

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Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Preparation

Plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks. In this certificate program, students learn advanced IP addressing and routing in implementing scalable and highly secure Cisco routers that are connected to LANs, WANs, and IPv6. Plan, configure, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions that use the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture. Plan and perform regular maintenance on complex enterprise routed and switched networks. Use technology-based practices and a systematic ITIL-compliant approach to perform network troubleshooting.

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Digital Forensics

Students learn to execute forensic investigations of networks, hosts and mobile devices including collecting, processing, review, analysis and production of electronic evidence using standard computer forensics and evidence handling techniques.

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Cyber Technology

Students in this program learn to perform basic troubleshooting of computer systems and networks, acquire in-depth knowledge of TCP/IP, Cisco ISO and experience configuring Cisco routers.  The program objectives support the CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician) certifications, but does not provide certification exam training or certification testing. Interested students should contact the certificate coordinator at 410-777-2442.

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Computer Network Management

Students  learn to configure LAN and WAN networks and to understand the basics of network cybersecurity theory and operation. Students also acquire in-depth knowledge of TCP/IP, Cisco IOS and experience configuring Cisco routers. The program objectives support the CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and CCENT (Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician) certifications, but does not provide certification exam training or certification testing.

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Computer Network Management, UNIX/LINUX System Administrator

This certificate prepares students to manage a typical UNIX/LINUX system installation including managing networks, users, security and scripting.

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Server Administration and Security

Students in this certificate program learn how to support and maintain the integrity of systems, software, network, storage devices and data directly related to Windows and Linux server operations. Students acquire systems and network administration functions such as installing, integrating, documenting and maintaining software, firmware, computer, networks and storage systems, development and user environments, assisting system users and managing user accounts, and performing technical documentation and process engineering functions.

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Interested in Transfer?

If you're interested in earning a four-year degree and want to study this subject, Transfer Studies may be your solution. This distinctive degree is designed to let you choose an area of concentration (or major), while completing your state of Maryland general education requirements.

Transfer Studies, A.A.

The Transfer Studies, A.A. allows you to explore different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. If you hope to transfer to a specific program or school, one of our advisors can help structure your AACC studies specifically for that purpose. The result? You get a well-rounded associate degree preparing you for further studies and successful career. 

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What could you do with an Information Assurance and Cybersecurity degree?

Graduates of AACC’s degree and certificate programs may continue to 4-year programs or enter the workforce. Career options include security specialist (general and in applications, operating systems, and information assurance), manager of network and data security, LAN system administration, network administrator, and computer forensic investigator. For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and check out AACC’s Career Coach to discover the perfect career for you.


Accreditation

Anne Arundel Community College was the first community college in the country certified by the National Security Agency (NSA) and Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) to map its courses to the 4011 standard. NSA/CNSS also certified AACC's curriculum to map to the 4013 standard.

AACC is a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) by the NSA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of CAE2Y is to encourage two-year colleges to grow and strengthen their cybersecurity programs.

AACC was the first institution in the nation to be designated a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3). CDFAE is the academic component of a partnership with government to create standards and best practices for digital forensics practitioners, educators, and researchers. The goal of the program is to increase the number of qualified digital forensics professionals.


Related Studies

There are a number of programs related to Cyber and Network Security. Individuals looking to branch out may be interested in one or more of the following: