IT - Cybersecurity Specialist
62 Credits | 2 Years
Ashland*, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior
Full program available at the New Richmond, Rice Lake, and Superior campuses
*First-year coursework available at the Ashland campus and complete your full program at any of our other campuses.
Career Cluster: Information Technology
Detect. Protect. Defend. In today's connected world, everyone benefits from advanced cyberdefense programs. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks and programs from digital attacks. Students in this program will be immersed in an IT ecosystem and learn how to secure an organization's desktops, servers, networks and applications to support a thriving business.
The IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program will give students hands-on experience with networking, operation systems, virtualization and security. Students will build a strong IT base as they install and configure Windows and Linux environments and create networks for a business-like environment. Students will study attacks and security practices to protect data as they configure security settings, test and monitoring configurations. Students will configure and test routers, switches, firewalls, VPNs, IDS/IPS, workstations and servers with using vendor tools and open source resources. The IT-Cybersecurity program also supports remote learning through the use of equipment pods in their Netlab (24/7).
IT - Cybersecurity Specialist graduates will be able to:
- Identify security strategies
- Implement secure infrastructures
- Conduct security testing
- Analyze security data
- Mitigate risk
- Develop security documentation
Northwood Tech is affiliated with the following industry partners providing students with access to a variety of materials and software: Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft, Palo Alto and VMware. As a member of the Microsoft, Cisco and VMware academies, students in the IT programs receive free access to vendor software and tools. Students may choose to complete certifications, many through the on-campus VUE testing center. Industry certifications students may pursue include: CompTIA+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, PenTest+, CSA+, CISCO: CCNA, CCNA Cyber-Ops, Microsoft Windows, MTA, MCSA, MCSE, VMWare, CEH and CISSP.
Free access to industry software.
Achieve industry certification.
The full program is available at New Richmond, Rice Lake, and Superior. You can complete the first year of coursework at the Ashland campus and complete your full program at any of our other campuses.
Most courses are taught in a learner-centered classroom format in order to access the required equipment. Courses are offered on-site, hybrid, and online to fit your lifestyle.
Students in the IT - Cybersecurity Specialist program have the opportunity to dual major with the IT - Systems Administration Specialist program by completing additional coursework.
Graduates have the option to transfer coursework to complete a bachelor's degree at UW-Stout, Lakeland University and other institutions with degree completion programs.
Northwood Tech is affiliated with the following industry partners providing students with access to a variety of materials and software: CompTIA+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, PenTest+, CSA+, CISCO: CCNA, CCNA Cyber-Ops, Microsoft Windows, MTA, MCSA, MCSE, VMWare, CEH and CISSP. Northwood Tech locations are Cisco academies, and Northwood Tech is a CompTIA academy partner. VUE testing centers are available at each location.
Northwood Tech incorporates the latest technology into the required courses. Students will get hands-on experience working with the software and technology that is used by industry professionals.
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Admissions and Tuition
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Tuition and Fees
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Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships.
Estimated Total Program Costs 2023-24*
IT - Cybersecurity Specialist
62 Credits | 2 Years
*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented.
After the Northwood Tech IT - Cybersecurity Specialist Program
Upon completion of the program, you will earn an IT - Network Technician technical diploma and an IT - Cybersecurity Specialist associate degree.
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