Networking and Cybersecurity
Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Finger Lakes Community College’s Associate in Applied Science in Networking and Cybersecurity degree prepares you to be a leader in the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape. The world is demanding quicker and easier access to online information, and as a result, networks are becoming increasingly vulnerable to attacks.
As these threats increase, so does the demand for cybersecurity professionals trained to prevent and fight against these attacks. FLCC’s Networking and Cybersecurity degree equips you with the experience to resolve these real-world problems.
Real-World Skills Through Hands-on Experience
The A.A.S. in Networking and Cybersecurity follows a practical approach to education that challenges you to put course concepts into action. You will have access to cutting-edge resources in a state-of-the-art networking lab, allowing you to gain a vast amount of hands-on experience through simulations of real-world scenarios.
In the computer networking lab, you will:
- Analyze network traffic and protocols
- Configure routers and switches
- Establish local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs)
- Configure servers for the Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Active Directory, File Sharing, and more
- Hack into systems and networks, perform attacks, and steal and crack passwords
- Reconstruct cyberattacks through digital forensics
- Use PowerShell and the Linux Bash Shell to perform administrative and cybersecurity tasks
Explore the Networking and Cybersecurity curriculum to learn more about course topics as well as the full degree requirements.
Classroom Scenarios and Cybersecurity Competitions
As a Networking and Cybersecurity student, your skills will be put to the test in the classroom and at competitions.
In Capture the Flag hacking competitions, you will apply technical and business skills to solve real-world problems. Through this event, you gain experience both in hacking a network and infrastructure and also in defending it.
Additionally, the CSC 261 (Routing and Switching) course features the game Lambs vs. Goats. In this academic scenario, the lab is set up in a complex topology, with over 20 networks, and the class is divided into teams of lambs and goats. When the lambs leave the lab, the goats wreak havoc on the networks, leaving a mess for the lambs to fix. Once the resolution is reached, the roles are reversed.
Through these unique classroom and competition initiatives, you build real hands-on networking and cybersecurity skills, set them into motion, and learn to face the cyberworld head-on.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the A.A.S in Networking and Cybersecurity program, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be able to:
- Design, configure, maintain, troubleshoot, and secure networks ethically and efficiently, using the latest technologies and protocols
- Express concepts, requirements, and solutions without technical jargon
- Analyze and evaluate current trends in the IT industry and pursue information to stay current in an ever-changing field
- Apply computational concepts and analytical thinking in the development of computer algorithms and solutions
Careers in Networking and Cybersecurity
Completion of a networking and cybersecurity degree provides opportunities for rewarding careers with high salaries and unique professional challenges every day. Cybersecurity professionals are intricate members of organizations and make a significant impact in their professional world.
According to CyberSeek™, a leading source of actionable data on supply and demand in the nation's cybersecurity job market, there are 300,000+ unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the United States, and with more than 715,000 individuals currently working in the industry, cybersecurity professionals are in demand on a global scale.
Potential career opportunities for individuals with a Network and Cybersecurity degree, include:
- Cybersecurity Engineer
- Network Engineer/Architect
- Cybersecurity Manager/Administrator
- Systems Engineer
- Software Developer/Engineer
- Systems Administrator
- Vulnerability Analyst/Penetration Tester
- Cybersecurity Consultant
Upon graduation from the A.A.S in Networking and Cybersecurity program, you will be equipped with the knowledge, experience, and credits to transfer into a Bachelor of Science in Networking and Cybersecurity or other similar program.
The following institutions offer related B.S. programs:
- University at Albany
- Alfred State College
- SUNY Canton
- Farmingdale State College
- SUNY Morrisville
- SUNY Plattsburgh
- SUNY Polytechnic Institute
- Rochester Institute of Technology
If you are interested in transferring after graduation from FLCC, read through our comprehensive transfer guidelines and requirements.
Online Networking and Cybersecurity Degree
FLCC’s A.A.S in Networking and Cybersecurity is also available as a fully accredited online degree program. Through the online format, you are able to study on your own time from a location that fits your schedule. FLCC’s online learning opportunities provide a convenient and flexible way to earn an education while still having access to the resources that provide you the knowledge and experience to become a leading networking and cybersecurity professional.
Learn more about online degree programs at FLCC to see if it’s the best-fit academic path for you.
HyFlex: Learning on Your Time
Everyone's schedule is different. If you have competing priorities, making it to campus for every class may not be realistic. HyFlex takes advantage of emerging technologies, allowing you to choose—day by day—how, when, and where you "attend" class.
HyFlex is an instructional model which broadcasts and records classroom lectures as they take place, making accessibility and flexibility a reality for all students. Through this model, you can decide how and when you access a lecture.
For example, one week, you may attend class in-person on campus, and another, you can watch a live stream from the convenience of your home or a coffee shop. Then, on the following week, you might decide to catch the recorded version of the lecture on a quiet weekend morning. Also, since all lecture video recordings are available online, you can revisit lessons at any time to be prepared for all exams, papers, and projects.
Through FLCC’s HyFlex learning model, the choice of how, when, and where you access your course is yours.
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"There is not a single program out there that combines cutting-edge, hands-on experience and understanding of ethical hacking, digital forensics, and cybersecurity the way FLCC does. We are truly unmatched by other colleges."