Program of Study

Course work includes development of a student’s ability to create, store, communicate, exchange and use information to solve technical issues related to information support and services, interactive media, network systems, programming and software development, information security and other emerging technologies based on the selected area of study. Course work also includes designing security architectures, data integrity through encryption, designing Virtual Private Networks, SSL, SSH, and IPSec, threat mitigation, firewall configuration, authentication, authorization, intrusion detection and applying the appropriate defense against intrusions utilizing software and hardware.


Careers Available

Graduates should qualify for employment in entry-level positions with businesses, educational systems, and governmental agencies which rely on computer systems to design and manage information. The program will incorporate the competencies of industry-recognized certification exams. Employment opportunities may include Security Manager, Security Analyst, Information Security Officer, IT Specialist, IT Manager, IT Officer, Network Specialist, IT analyst, and Security Technician.

Recommended Courses and Skills

Computer experience (networking experience preferred) and experience dealing with the public, especially in stressful situations.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Good people skills, initiative and problem-solving skills, self-starter, enjoys challenges.

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
IT-Systems Security Associate in Applied Science NEW Evening A25590SS
IT-Systems Security Certificate NEW Evening C25590SS
IT-Systems Security Cyber Defense Certificate NEW Day, Evening, and Online C25590CD

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the IT-Systems Security Program, contact Deanne Cranford-Wesley, Department Chair, at 336.734.7305 or dwesley@forsythtech.edu or Jeff Hedgecock, Program Coordinator, at 336.734.7581 or jhedgecock@forsythtech.edu.