Information Technology (IT) is the backbone of business and industry today. Gain hands-on experience in all areas of the field, from programming to software applications to network management and administration. Specialize in either software engineering and web development or cybersecurity and network engineering, and learn to program in languages currently in demand in the workplace.
Associate in Science Degree
The Associate in Science in Cybersecurity and Network Engineering degree introduces core concepts in hardware, software, and networking fundamentals layered on a foundation of cybersecurity concepts. Students apply practical cybersecurity theory to real-life cyber incidents and computer system issues in hands-on scenarios. The curriculum focuses on providing students the skillset they need to properly deploy and secure information technology systems in a wide range of environments. Students will learn how operating systems like Linux and Windows along with core networking technology play a critical role in cyber operations. Students are introduced to the current cyber threat landscape and taught how to assess and plan for threats in both the business and personal realms.
From multi-national corporations to local small businesses, cybersecurity defense is an integral piece of an organization’s strategy. Information and the technology infrastructure it resides on are two of an organization’s most valuable assets and these are often continuously threatened or under active attack. Successful defense and protection of these assets requires a trained cybersecurity professional who not only understands the technical aspects, but also is aware of strategic business interests. An internship course is available in Term VI during which students work off-campus in an organization where they will practice and enhance their technical skills. Students will be prepared to take Microsoft MCP, Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals, CCNA Cyber Ops, and the CompTIA A+ exams.
Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level positions as computer security specialists, information security analysts, and systems administrators. Associate degree graduates can continue in the NEIT Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Network Engineering. Upon completion of the program, students are qualified to apply for positions in software support, programming, web development, data analysis or a wide range of other entry-level positions or to continue in NEIT’s bachelor’s degree programs in Software Engineering or Business Management.
Through input from a Technical Advisory Committee, professional cybersecurity organizations and local businesses, this program was developed to meet the current cybersecurity needs and those that may arise in the next several years.
“The success of our current employees from New England Tech says a lot about the college and its programs. The training that students receive prepares them for the fast-paced environment and challenges here at Atrion. We have a high technical standard so the real-world educational experience at New England Tech is wonderful; it really sets their students apart.”
- Rachel Croce, Talent Development Associate
Atrion Networking, Warwick, RI
Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes
The mission of the Cybersecurity and Network Engineering associate degree program is to provide a program that will allow students to pursue an entry-level career in Information Technology and prepare them to further their education in our Bachelor of Science degree program.
1. Provide appropriate opportunities for students to acquire the knowledge, applicable skills, and professional attitude necessary to function as an entry level security analyst and IT professional via experiential learning.
2. Introduce students to some of the objectives for various entry level industry certifications and help prepare students to acquire those certifications.
3. Endeavor to cultivate each student’s ability to critically analyze security problems, and efficiently and correctly troubleshoot those problems.
4. Strive to instill in each student a sense of professional commitment and integrity with respect to the security and privacy of clientele and information, the rights of copyright holders, and the inherent responsibilities of license users.
5. Provide an environment that encourages self-learning and the continuation of each student’s education beyond graduation with the goal of furthering each student’s ability to adapt to and incorporate new concepts, ideas, and evolving technologies.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Follow and meet objectives of a project plan and recognize the need for adaptation, adjustments, and restructuring of the plan, both as an individual security professional, and in a team environment. Assessments will be conducted using exams, performance reviews, projects, and reports.
- Acquire proficiency with and provide support for security principals, computer hardware, operating systems, software, Internet/network connectivity based on legacy, current, and state of the art technologies.
- Analyze digital evidence to determine user and intruder activity on systems.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communications with supervisors, team members and clients. In particular, students should exhibit lucid, clear and concise technical and professional communication as well as be able to communicate complex technical ideas in layman’s terms to non-technically trained people. This will be assessed via reports, self-assessments, instructor observations, peer evaluations, and technical documentation.
- Research, formulate and critique security policies regarding the collection, preservation, safeguarding and disposition of log data and personally identifiable information.
Cybersecurity and Network Engineering Concentration Curriculum
- CYB 123 Cybersecurity Threats and Defense
- CYB 132 Introduction to Linux with Raspbian and Pi
- CYB 241 Security of the Internet of Things
- CYB 242 Information Assurance, Policy and Compliance
- CYB 252 Cyber Scenarios
- IT 121 Visual Communications
- NE 115 Computer and Networking Fundamentals
- NE 121 Windows Networking Essentials
- NE 131 Networking for Small Businesses
- NE 244 Desktop OS Troubleshooting
- NE 245 Introduction to Networks
- NE 247 Windows Server
- NE 257 Routing and Switching Essentials
- NE 265 AS Capstone Project
- NE 269 Advanced Desktop OS Troubleshooting
- SE 116 Programming Essentials Using Python
- SE 124 Intermediate Programming Using C++
- SE 133 Database Management
- EN 100 Introduction to College Writing
- EN 200 Workplace Communications
- MA 110 Introduction to College Math
- MA 121 Business Math
- MA 125 Technical Math I
- PHY 200 Physics I and Lab
- ERD 236 Microprocessor Control Systems
- IT 260 Internship
- MGM 105 Effective Teams and Projects
- MGM 133 Principles of Management
- MGM 135 Business Analysis with Spreadsheets
- MGM 210 Marketing Communications
- MGM 230 Planning Your Financial Future
- MGM 243 Career Development
- MGM 264 Sales and Customer Service
- MGM 277 Leadership in Action