Cybersecurity is generally defined as the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and electronic data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.
Kellogg Community College’s 62-credit Associate in Applied Science in Cybersecurity is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to assess cybersecurity threats and use the appropriate tools to remediate security vulnerabilities. Students will learn practical and analytical skills needed to perform threat assessments, vulnerability management analysis and remediation, security incident response, and application of a layered security architecture.
The KCC Cybersecurity Program is designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level cybersecurity positions, and graduates will be ready for the workforce or for transfer to a four-year university. Program content and outcomes are aligned with industry certifications.
The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking the degree follows. For more information about KCC’s Cybersecurity Program, see:
Advising & Transfer
View transfer guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact Academic Advising at 269-965-4124 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.
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Kellogg Community College’s Cybersecurity Program provides a strong foundation of skills that can lead to a variety of high-paying careers. Possible job titles for graduates with an education in cybersecurity include:
- Computer Security Specialist
- Computer Specialist
- Data Security Administrator
- Information Security Analyst
- Information Security Manager
- Information Security Officer
- Information Security Specialist
- Information Systems Security Analyst
- Information Technology Security Analyst
- Information Technology Specialist
- Internet Security Specialist
- Network Security Administrator
- Network Security Manager
- Network Security Specialist
- Security Analyst
- Security Engineer
- Security Technician
Other jobs that include a significant amount of security-related duties include systems administrators or engineers and network administrators or engineers.
Projected Job Outlook & Salary Information
There are currently more than 10,800 cybersecurity job openings in Michigan.
Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.
The average salary for individuals working in the cybersecurity industry ranges from $58,420 to $159,300 per year, with a 2018 median pay of $98,350 per year.
For the latest employment and wage estimates for cybersecurity careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.
Why Study Cybersecurity at KCC?
KCC provides state-of-the-art facilities and current technologies to ensure our students earn a competitive edge with their associate degrees and/or certificates.