Cyber Security

Learn how to keep organizations’ networks, computer systems and digital information safe from cyber-attacks. Cyber security analysts ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. They are necessary defenders in today’s electronic world!  

Prepare for a variety of industry and vendor certifications with this associate degree program.

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Associate in Applied Science

People involved with cyber security ensure that an organization’s computer networks, computer systems and digital information stay safe from cyber-attacks. Their responsibilities are continuously expanding as our society and economy rely more and more on our digital assets. This program provides the foundations of cyber security, an emphasis on the methods attackers use to infiltrate computer systems, and the means to mitigate or defeat these attacks. The courses in this program help prepare the student for a variety of industry and vendor certifications. For more information about specific certifications, speak with the instructors.

Sample Courses

This course covers an overview of Python, including how to create and run scripts, use threads, and handle exceptions. It will progress on how to networking, including using Python libraries for networking scripting and developing basic scripts with network functionality. HTTP programming and client, security scripting, Twisted Python, the Echo server, and forensic scripting are also covered. The course emphasizes debugging capability and security testing using Python.

This course will cover how to install, configure and manage network and host-based firewalls. It will cover how to set up and configure popular network-based firewalls and host-based firewalls with various operating systems. It will instruct the students how to set up both network- and host-based intrusion detection systems to determine if and when a network or system has been breached.

Introduces common computer and network hacking techniques. With a sound understanding of how hackers can compromise computers and computer networks, you will learn how to identify when an incident has happened, how to respond in a comprehensive manner, and what steps to take to protect yourself in the future.

Associate Degree Details


Information security analysts, $97,980 annually; starting wages of about $57,000 annually.


Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 33 percent in the coming years, much faster than the average for other occupations.

Associate in Applied Science

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Out of Michigan

If you reside outside the state of Michigan.


Estimated program costs include tuition, fees and digital textbooks based on 2022-2023 tuition rates. Please note that these costs are only estimates and an individualized financial plan will be created when a student meets with their Student Success Navigator.


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