IST: Cyber Security & Network Administration Specialization
Did you know that the Internet is the largest network in the world and that it is composed of smaller networks that are linked together? Businesses have constantly changing Information Technology needs, including networking infrastructure, network security, server and desktop administration. The Information Systems Technology: Cyber Security & Network Administration Specialization at Virginia Western prepares you to work in the computer networking field in a variety of different roles, including Systems Administration, Infrastructure Administration, Network Security Administration, Network Technician, Desktop Support Technician, Security Analyst. Begin your journey today to a career that promises new and interesting challenges in an ever-changing environment.
This course of study is designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).
- Information Systems Technology (Associate of Applied Science)
- IST: Database & Program Developer Specialization (Associate of Applied Science)
- Engineering: Computer Science Specialization (Associate of Science)
- Science: Computer Science Specialization (Associate of Science)
- Cisco™ CCNA™ Networking (Career Studies Certificate)
- Cyber Security (Career Studies Certificate)
- Database & Program Developer (Career Studies Certificate)
- IT Support Analyst (Career Studies Certificate)
- Network & Security Administration (Career Studies Certificate)
- Web Programmer (Career Studies Certificate)
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User Groups & Professional Societies
Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC) is a non-profit, member-driven association of businesses and organizations working together to promote the growth of the region’s technology sector. With over 200 member companies and 24,000 employee members, RBTC hosts a very active list of events including TechNite, Tech and Toast, Security Forums, and Peer Roundtables. https://rbtc.tech/
Roanoke Infosec Exchange (RISE) brings together IT professionals in the Roanoke area to discuss cutting edge topics and applications in the Cyber Security world. Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at various companies around town. https://roanokeinfosec.com
The Oracle Academy mission is to advance computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. As a member, Virginia Western receives expertly developed learning resources and world-class industry technologies for both the Java and Oracle database world. Students receive discounts on industry tests. https://academy.oracle.com
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field’s premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources. http://www.acm.org.
The Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. More than 5.5 million people have joined the Networking Academy and become a force for change in the global economy since 1997. Virginia Western is a part of the Cisco academy and teaches the Cisco curriculum in both the Networking and the Security programs. https://www.netacad.com