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Associate of Applied Business


Computer Networking and Cybersecurity

The Associate of Applied Business in computer networking and cybersecurity equips students for careers in the information technology field. The degree focuses on networking and system administration and emphasizes industry-recognized standards and practices.

You will learn to:

  • Identify security vulnerabilities
  • Safeguard information and networks from intruders
  • Manage and configure computers with various operating systems
  • Securely provide critical network services to diverse clients

Why study computer networking and cybersecurity at BGSU Firelands in Ohio? 

  • Master computer management and configuration across diverse operating systems.
  • Learn to secure critical network services for a wide range of clients.
  • Engage in immersive learning through core software applications, networking classes and security training.
  • Gain hands-on experience to tackle real-world challenges effectively.
  • Explore legal and ethical dimensions in cybersecurity.
  • Understand the application of vendor-neutral security concepts across various system types.
  • Be well prepared to earn certifications from CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco Systems and other industry leaders, including ITF+, Security+, CCNA, Network+, CYSA+ and CEH.

Career – what can you do with a degree in computer networking and cybersecurity? 

Graduates of the Associate of Applied Business in computer networking and cybersecurity at BGSU Firelands are equipped with the skills needed to thrive in the digital world. Careers in the field combine the information technology field with networking and system administration.

Career paths

  • Incident handlers 
  • Security auditors 
  • Security specialists 
  • Penetration testers 
  • Cybersecurity specialists 
  • IT security analysts 

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Students in the computer networking and cybersecurity program develop a diverse skill set. Coursework covers how to

  • Implement hardware and software configurations tailored to specific scenarios
  • Plan design and implement converged computer network systems
  • Identify and implement enterprise-level storage technologies
  • Analyze and resolve security issues in networks and computer systems to secure IT infrastructures
  • Develop policies and procedures for effective enterprise security risk management
  • Evaluate and articulate the human role in security systems, with a focus on ethics, social engineering vulnerabilities, and training
  • Create and deliver training materials for users of information technology.

Required courses

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Sample courses

  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Routing and Switching Essentials
  • Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation
  • Introduction to Network Cabling
  • Network Security Principles
  • Electric Circuits

BGSU Firelands

The Associate of Applied Business in computer networking and cybersecurity is part of the Applied Sciences Department at BGSU Firelands

Updated: 06/25/2024 02:06PM