Networking, Administration and Security
Digital networks are the foundation for 21st century business, communication and entertainment. The ability to design, maintain, administer and secure networks is a gateway to a challenging, rewarding, and high-demand career. In fact, network systems and data communication analyst is projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to be the fastest growing job through 2016.
The Peirce College concentration in Networking, Administration and Security provides a practical, cutting-edge, career-focused education that provides successful students with the skills employers are looking for.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology, Concentration in Networking, Administration and Security
In the bachelor's program, students will deepen their knowledge of network design, security and network operating system environments and gain understanding of material needed to support Microsoft Windows, Linux and Cisco in the enterprise. Students will learn Linux administration, firewall security techniques, upper level Microsoft design and security concepts, network defense and countermeasure techniques and project management. The concentration covers the core knowledge needed to pursue the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and the Cisco® Certified Network Associate (CCNATM) certifications. Students also have the opportunity to explore new security technologies and standards, while learning how to use resources to build critical thinking and problem solving skills. The concentration culminates in a capstone project that allows the student to apply the knowledge gained throughout the Networking, Administration and Security program of study.
Associate in Science Degree in Information Technology, Concentration in Networking, Administration and Security
This concentration provides the foundational skills and knowledge needed to support, secure and administer computer networks. Students will learn how to support hardware, application and operating system software, basic security principles and techniques, and network design and maintenance. They will also develop skills for effective help desk and customer service support and basic network administration. This course of study begins preparation for the following industry standard certifications: CompTIA Network+®, A+, and Security+, and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) in Windows Client and Server.
Most associate degree graduates at Peirce continue their education and complete the bachelor's degree, opening the door to higher-level positions and additional opportunity for advancement.