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


Cybersecurity, AAS

The Cybersecurity AAS degree is designed to provide a comprehensive program to develop a skilled workforce in the field of cyber security. The curriculum covers: preserving information confidentiality and protection, risk management, data and system integrity, availability, authenticity and utility. The program is based on information security concepts, principles, methods, techniques, practices and procedures that guide today’s IT security professionals.  Other areas of focus include digital forensics, incident response, and virtualization.

For more information about the Cybersecurity program, please visit our website at https://www.dmacc.edu/it/Pages/welcome.aspx.

Program Details

Locations: Ankeny

Students may start this program Fall semester

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Cybersecurity AAS degree , a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 4

Option 1 - Select 3 Credits

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 69

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$170.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Books (approximate) 400 465 230 385 300

Approximate total cost for the program:  $13,510**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.


What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Monitor anti-threat solutions and takes the appropriate actions to resolve any threats.
  • Perform network scanning and vulnerability assessments and maintains patch management system.
  • Create and maintain documentation regarding all security violations, incidents and malware infections.
  • Assist with the creation and implementation of security controls, processes and procedures.
  • Assist with ensuing compliance with various regulations and industry standards.
  • Update secure configurations by routinely reviewing vendor sites, bulletins, and notifications for security information.
  • Research, test and recommend new software and hardware to enhance security efficiency to meet needs.
  • Provide excellent internal/external customer service to internal and external customers

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Ability to work methodically and is very detail oriented
  • Eagerness to dig into technical questions and examine them from all sides
  • Enthusiastic and highly adaptable
  • Strong analytical and diagnostic skills
  • Demonstrated skills in innovation and collaboration

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • May work irregular hours and be on 24-hour call for duty.
  • May work with a minimum of supervision.

Program Competencies

  1. Analyze and explain various methods used for Information Security. 
  2. Write computer programs in upper level programming languages. 
  3. Demonstrate methods in preserving data confidentiality, risk management, data and system integrity, availability, authentication, and accounting. 
  4. Demonstrate skills in using digital forensic analysis. 
  5. Acquire skills that can lead to industry certification exams, Security +, Certified Ethical Hacker, CCNA Security. 
  6. Demonstrate cooperation and teamwork skills in assigned projects.

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6857, sgbittner@dmacc.edu.  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6216, title9@dmacc.edu.  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2018)