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Information Technology Management Associate’s Degree and Diploma—Network Security Specialization

Our Information Technology Management Associate’s degree and Diploma with a Network Security specialization combines advanced curriculum and hands-on learning to prepare you for a successful network security career. With solid knowledge of current and emerging technology trends in security, risk mitigation and disaster recovery, and network administration, our graduates are qualified to successfully protect company data and other sensitive information. 

Network Security is Crucial in Today's Business World

Our Network Security specialization provides the knowledge and skills to protect business information such as social security numbers, trademark information, salary data, and business processes. Our hands-on coursework, taught by industry-certified faculty, provides a core curriculum of IT fundamentals plus specialized courses that provide theory and practical knowledge in:

  • Managing information security, including mobile and Mac OS security
  • Cisco networking fundamentals and routing
  • Linux administration
  • Fundamentals of ethical hacking

Earn Industry Certifications

To enhance your resume even further, you can earn certifications from industry leaders including CompTIA®, Microsoft® and Cisco®. Our curriculum aligns with industry-standard certification-exam content; and as a student you are required to take one program-designated exam before graduation, with the option of taking up to two additional certification exams at no additional cost—we will reimburse you for your practice exams and application fee.*

Now Aligned with Industry Leaders

CompTIA is the leading association representing the international technology community, developing specialized initiatives and programs dedicated to major areas within the IT industry, including convergence technology, e-commerce, IT training, software services, certification, public policy and workforce development. Its goal is to provide a unified voice, global advocacy and leadership, and to advance industry growth through standards, professional competence, education and business solutions.

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EMC Academic Alliance
The EMC Academic Alliance Program (EAA) provides universities worldwide with EMC’s curricula to educate the next generation of IT professionals, and help meet the industry’s growing demand for advanced technology skills. The EAA Program offers unique, “open” curriculum-based education on technology topics such as virtualization, cloud computing, big data analytics and information storage and management. The curriculum focuses on technology concepts and principles applicable to any vendor environment, enabling students to develop highly marketable knowledge and skills.

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Microsoft IT Academy
The Microsoft IT Academy program provides a complete IT education solution that helps differentiate students in today's competitive job market while broadening their employment opportunities. The program is designed to help drive employability, digital literacy, technical and STEM-focused training and certification, and 21st-century workforce development for students.

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Learn more about our Information Technology Management Associate's degree or Diploma by completing the form on the right or calling us at 888-549-6755. One of our program managers will be happy to answer all your questions.

Program Highlights

Network Security Courses

Your network security courses will help prepare you to protect confidential information and build virtual security fences for businesses that need to keep their data safe. As a student you will learn to:

  • Design secure networks and computer systems
  • Document steps for securing a network within realistic constraints, including understanding the current techniques used by network intruders
  • Develop a plan for mitigating risk and disaster planning concerning computer networks
  • Communicate effectively in team and work environments
  • Assess the professional and ethical responsibilities of information security personnel

Sample Course List

Cisco Network Routing and Switching
This course prepares students to work with routers and switches in a Local Area Network. Students will learn how to configure and troubleshoot Cisco switches and routers. Concepts in the course will include routing protocols like RIPv1, RIPv2, OSPF, VLANs and VLAN routing in both IPv4 and IPv6 networks, as well as DHCP, DNS, and NAT. This course will help prepare students to take the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) Exam by using a variety of hands-on labs and simulations to understand router and switch configuration by emphasizing practical, real-world principles.
Mobile and Mac OS Security
This course gives students an alternative perspective on securing multiple mobile operating systems. Students will learn how to apply security principles to Android, iOS, and Mac operating systems. They will learn how hackers penetrate these systems and how to properly secure each environment. Students will learn about aspects of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and understand what additional security measures need to be implemented to secure devices that are utilizing public networks.
Fundamentals of Ethical Hacking
This course will show students the opposing side to network security. Students will gain insight into the hacking mindset as well as learn how to directly apply ethical principles to the work they perform on a day-to-day basis. Students of this course will learn how to utilize various tools commonly used in network security as well as hacking. The end result of this course is to give the student a stronger perspective on how to utilize tools to better test and secure networks against threats.
Managing Information Security
Information security is not only an IT, but a management issue. Therefore, this course introduces students to a detailed examination of the systems-wide perspective of information security. They begin with the strategic planning process for security, which includes an examination of the policies, procedures and staffing functions necessary to organize and administrate ongoing security functions in an organization. Course subjects include security practices, security architecture and models, continuity planning and disaster recovery planning.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
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Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Computer User Support Specialist$29,260$37,720$49,170

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years,

Salary data includes earnings of June 2012 – March 2013 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

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Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study
  • School of Technology Waivers:
    • Course waivers will be considered for students who have select professional certifications from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA); Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS); Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT); or CIW JavaScript certification.
    • Course waivers will be considered for specific courses within the School of Technology related to the certification.
    • Certifications must have been earned within the last three years.
    • The student's credential will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, will waive the course requirements and the grades will be posted on the student transcript as a Course Waiver (CW).

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*Rasmussen College will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen College will provide practice exams and materials when available.