Cybersecurity

Students listen to an instructor in a computer lab.Would you like to be part of a high-demand and high-paying profession working with computers? Cybersecurity talent gaps exist across the country, and Kellogg Community College is now offering an associate degree in Cybersecurity to meet those demands.

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:

Associate in Applied Science: Cybersecurity

Semester I Semester II Semester III Semester IV
CET 123: Microsoft Windows Workstation ART 227: Digital Color Photography CET 235: Cisco Networking 1
CET 233: Cloud+
CP 103: Intro to Programming using Python CET 152: Intro to LINUX/UNIX Workstation Administration CET 252: Operating Systems – LINUX/UNIX Server CET 236: Cisco Networking 2
DBA 110: Intro to Relational Databases CET 223: Microsoft Windows Server 1 COMM 101: Foundations of Interpersonal Communication OR
COMM 111: Business and Technical
Communication**
ISS 251: Network/Server Perimeter Security and Monitoring
ENGL 151: Freshman Composition** CET 250: Security+ ISS 201: Fundamentals of Securing Business and Industrial Devices ISS 252: Penetration Testing/Defensive Techniques
FYS 101: First-Year Seminar ISS 104: Ethical Hacking Programming Techniques PSYC 201: Intro to Psychology** PHIL 202: Intro to Ethics**
IT 110: Information Technology and Project Management MATH 125: College Algebra**

**Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of eligible credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit www.kellogg.edu/macrao.

Transfer Opportunities

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or advising@kellogg.edu to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Cybersecurity Careers

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 8,700 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.

For more information about the cybersecurity employment outlook, see Recruiting Watchers for the Virtual Walls: The State of Cybersecurity Hiring, from analytics software company Burning Glass Technologies.

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.