A.A.S. Degree in Cyber Security

Photo: Cyber Security LabWhy Cyber Security?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer security employment is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations in the coming years.

The demand for computer security specialists will grow as businesses and government continue to invest heavily in "cyber security," protecting vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack.

The information security field is expected to generate many new systems administrators jobs over the next decade as firms across all industries place a higher priority on safeguarding their data and systems.

Why Cyber Security at SUNY Orange?

The College's cyber security degree program prepares graduates to succeed in the exciting field of computer and network security. A new state-of-the-art cyber security laboratory, coupled with lab work and assignments that present real-world cyber security scenarios encountered in the work place, will provide SUNY Orange students with a well-rounded education.

A SUNY Orange cyber security degree is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce upon graduation, but the program also provides a broad-based education base that prepares students for an advanced degree, if that is their educational goal.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Study Cyber Security At SUNY Orange

  • Industry experts predict a high demand for individuals with computer and network security training in the coming years.
  • The College has completed installation of a new state-of-the-art cyber security lab.
  • Graduates enter the workforce as versatile and well-trained employees.
  • Students form close working relationships with each other and instructors in a close-knit professional environment.
  • Student clubs offer additional experience in team-building and learning.

Program Description

Photo: Cyber Security LabThe Associate of Applied Science degree program in Cyber Security prepares students for employment in a variety of entry level careers in Cyber Security.

Today, everyone is concerned with security, and people with knowledge in this area are in high demand. Positions can include such titles as Network Administrator, network security specialist, information security technician, just to name a few.

The main thrust is protection of information and limiting access to network resources. In addition to security, students will also be instructed in techniques used to track perpetrators once an attack has occurred.

In addition to basic computer and networking skills, the student will be instructed in Operating Systems, Computer Forensics, Network Forensics, Information Security, Network Perimeter Security, and Cyber Crime Investigation.

Classes are designed to provide students with hands-on training utilizing state-of-the-art computer facilities. Lab work and assignments will present real world cyber security scenarios encountered in the work place. For forensics studies, industry standard software will be used.

While A.A.S graduates are prepared to enter the workforce immediately, many students choose to transfer to upper-level programs leading to a bachelor's degree in technology. If students are considering this, they should consult with the department chair and advisors for entering the program with previous college credit or equivalent training/ work experience.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have high school equivalency diplomas (GEDs). If students are not high school graduates, they may be eligible for admission to the College's 24 Credit Hour Program. If students are home schooled, they may be eligible for admission.

Transfer Opportunities

The A.A.S degree is designed to lead to immediate employment. For transfer opportunities please contact the Department Chair of Applied Technologies Fern Steane at (845) 341-4523.