Sep 25, 2023  
2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Cybersecurity Certificate

This certificate is for those with prior IT experience or degree related to IT. Students who complete this certificate will possess analytical skills to assess, develop, and implement information security policies and to research and analyze alternatives. Implement in the lab environment a comprehensive and integrated security infrastructure that meets or exceeds current best practices. Define appropriate security incident response policies. Explain the differences between the three major goals of information security: confidentiality, integrity and availability.

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Program Details

Locations: Ankeny

Students may start this program Fall semester

Program Entry Requirements

1. Students should provide evidence of prior IT experience, completion of an information technology diploma/degree or a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Program Graduation Requirements

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

Semester 1

Option 1 - Select 3 Credits

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - Credits 25

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate) 400 400 150

Approximate total cost for the program: $5,300**

**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.

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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, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. 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, 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, Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email

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