IT Information Systems Security Specialist

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Mequon Campus, Oak Creek Campus, West Allis Campus
  • Pathway: STEM
  • Program Code: 10-151-3
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the IT Information Systems Security Specialist Degree


Prepare for a career in computer network and internet security by learning to develop information security strategies, perform risk analyses, install security software, monitor network traffic and develop an emergency response plan. You will have hands-on coursework in securing MS Windows, Unix/Linux, Cisco, networks, servers and clients, and the enterprise network.

Employment opportunities are growing due to the increased need for secure computer systems.

This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Additional program details: This program will prepare you to obtain an entry-level information technology position with possibilities for advancement. You will also be ready to take industry certification exams including Security+, MCSA, MCP, Network+, I-Net+ and CISSP Associate.

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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) ITNET-110 Managing Windows Desktop (Client) Operating System 3
(1) ITNET-131 Introduction to Networks (Cisco 1) 3
(1) ITSEC-124 Network Security (Security+) 3
(1) MATH-123 Math With Business Applications ‡
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
(2) ENG-197 Technical Reporting
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
(2) ITNET-112 MS Server Administration 1 3
(2) ITNET-132 Routing/Switching Essentials (Cisco 2) 3
(2) ITNET-161 Linux Overview 2
(2) ITSEC-152 Information Security Risk Management 3
(3) ELECTIVES (Three credits needed) 3
(3) ITNET-111 MS Server Administration 2 3
(3) ITSEC-136 Unix/Linux Administration and Security 3
(3) ITSEC-145 Perimeter Security 3
(3) ITSEC-148 Securing Wireless Devices and Networks 3
(3) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
(4) ITSEC-122 Web/Application Security 3
(4) ITSEC-126 Computer Forensics 3
(4) ITSEC-146 Security Measures and Intrusion Detection 3
(4) ITSEC-191 Information Security Internship 2 ‡
(or) ITSEC-194 Security Project Implementation
(4) SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI or HIST course

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Identify security strategies
  • Implement secure infrastructures
  • Conduct security testing
  • Analyze security data
  • Mitigate risk
  • Develop security documentation

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities for information security specialists are expected to grow dramatically due to tremendous industry and business concern about this type of security.

Possible Careers

Desktop Security Support Specialist
Junior IT Auditor
Junior IT Compliance Officer
Junior Network Engineer/Analyst/Specialist
Junior Security Engineer/Analyst/Specialist
Security Technician

Admission Requirements

  • One year of high school-level algebra or one semester of college-level algebra
  • Microsoft Windows or Macintosh operating system skills


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STEM Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Main Building, Room M312-314
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/28/2020