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2020 - 2021 College Catalog 
2020 - 2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Science: Data Security Specialist Option, AS

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The Computer Science: Data Security Specialist will prepare students to be employed as specialists in I.T. data security. This program addresses the security specialist’s everyday tasks of configuring, monitoring, and repairing areas with security breach potential. These tasks include data security, Internet security, network security, email security, client and server forensics, and security for databases and database users. Instruction in recognizing and intervening with malware is included as well.  For more information, please call Associate Professor/Program Coordinator Stacy Walker at 203-285-2462 or SWalker@gatewayct.edu.

Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to: 

  • Recognize security vulnerabilities for multiple types of networks and apply appropriate security hardware and software to network structures
  • Practice the fundamentals of cryptography, data hiding/steganography, and forensics
  • Identify malware, internal/external security attacks, and intervention procedures/protocols
  • Employ the risk management model to identify forensically corporate threats and asses them in terms of their likelihood and impact
  • Analyze the transmission infrastructure and client/server hardware and software that support the Internet
  • Devise the framework for a generic security policy manual, identifying the items to be protected, the parties responsible, and a plan for response when a security breach is uncovered

Suggested Course Sequence

Total Semester Credits: 17

Second Semester

Total Semester Credits: 12

Third Semester

Total Semester Credits: 15

Fourth Semester

Total Semester Credits: 16

Total Program Credits: 60-61

Restricted Electives

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