Cybersecurity, Cyber Defense, Associate of Science


Cyber Defense

Associate of Science


The Associate of Science in Cyber Defense at Laredo college will provide a formative understanding of Information Security concepts and industry best practices. You'll learn about information security strategies, scripting, ethical hacking, vulnerability assessment, risk management, threat modeling, and network defense techniques that will make a difference in an organization cybersecurity posture. Through hands-on activities and live-fire scenarios you’ll develop a intimate understand of information security operations and how to effectively defend an organization from cyber-attacks.

The program will help prepare student for a career in the board field of information security field, as a Security Architect, Information Security Analysts, or Cyber Security Operations Center Analyst, working with Federal, State or private agencies.

Cyber Defense professional salaries vary greatly depending on education, certification, and experience. Detailed information on associate aware and admission process can be found in the information tab.


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Plan of Study

Recommended Course Sequence Semesters Offered Credit Hours
Semester 1
ITNW 1325 - Foundamentals of Network Technologies Fall 3
ITNW 1413 - Computer Virtualization Fall 4
ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation and Configuration Fall 3
ITSE 1346 -  Database Theory and Design Fall 3
ITSC 1342 - Shell Programming Fall 3
16 Hours
Semester 2
ITSY 1442 - Information Technology Security Spring 4
ITSY 2301 - Firewalls and Network Security Spring 3
ITSY 2314 - Wireless Security Development Spring 3
ITSY 2341 - Security Management Practices Spring 3
13 Hours
Semester 3
ITSY 2430 - Intrusion Detection Fall 4
ITSY 2442 - Incident Response & Handling Fall 4
ITSY 2445 - Network Defense and Counter Measures Fall 4
ITSY 2459 - Security Assessment and Auditing (Capstone) Fall 4
16 Hours
Semester 4
ENGL 1301 - Composition I - CORE Fall, Spring 3
MAth 1324 - Mathamatics for Business & Social Sciences I -CORE Fall, Spring 3
Elective - American History, Government, Political Science, Social & Behavioral Science Fall, Spring 3
Elective – Language Philosophy, Culture & Creative Arts Fall, Spring 3
Elective – Life and Physical Sciences Fall, Spring 3
15 Hours