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Network Administration and Security (A.O.S)

Overview

The Network Administration and Security program prepares students to troubleshoot computers, build networks, analyze, design, and implement upgrades on popular network operating systems. The program also helps prepare students for various certification exams in the computer field. Coursework includes installation, configuration, design and implementation in real world environments.

Graduates will be prepared to provide system administration support for network computer systems. They will also be able to develop, maintain, and secure local and wide area networks. Through hands-on training with Microsoft servers and Cisco routers and switches graduates will able to internetwork small to medium sized companies.

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Program Goals

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Install, configure and maintain computer systems including hardware, peripherals, and commonly used application software and operating systems.
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot and resolve hardware, software or other network and system problems, and replace components if necessary.
  • Design, install, configure and maintain corporate network systems.
  • Monitor network performance and make adjustments when necessary.
  • Plan, coordinate and implement network security measures to protect data, software and hardware.
  • Perform backups and disaster recovery.

Career Outlook

Network and Security Administrators earn great salaries connecting business computers together and securing them. According to Bureau of Labor statistics' occupational employment projections, Network and Computer Systems Administrators is a fast growing occupation and the demand should grow by 28% from 2010 to 2020.

Graduates can expect careers as network security personnel, system administrator, IT support specialist and network analysts. Focused training in Network Administration and System Security may lead to higher roles in IT industries to combat growing security threats.