Information Technology Security (Fast-Track) Certificate Program
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Applications/Concepts or Info Technology Problem Solving or PC Hardware and Software CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT182 3 ESL098 or RDG095 ENG090 and RDG090
Principles of Internet & Info Security CIT118 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Introduction to Networking CIT162 3 CIT110 or CIT112 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Networking Security CIT264 3 CIT162
Information Security and Assurance CIT219 3 CIT268
Keyboarding Techniques OIM100 1
Total Credits 16

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Program Overview

Designed for the IT technician or professional seeking new and updated skills in the area of information security and assurance, this basic level certificate will enhance existing knowledge for increased job opportunities and employment growth. The Information Technology Security + Essentials Certificate aligns with the COMPTIA National Standards for Security + Certification. It will prepare students to be responsible for desktop security support contained within a networked environment.

Career Outlook

This entry level certificate provides the skills necessary to provide basic security support for networked computers. It is an entry point into the field of Information Security. This option is designed to provide alignment with the entry level National Institute of Technology and Standards’ (NITS) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Framework to ensure consistent, current, and flexible training in the growing technology field of Information Security. Graduates of this option will qualify for positions as entry level information security desktop support technicians.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.bhcc.mass.edu/ certificate-programs.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Secure a desktop computer connected to a network.
  • Install and configure security software.
  • Analyze potential security threats.
  • Delineate differences between various operating system security issues.
  • Define the types of malicious software found.