Program at a Glance

Program Type
2-year Associate Degree
Area of Study
Computer & Information Technology
Learning Options
100% online, accelerated
100% online
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Open the Door to Your Future With a Cybersecurity Associate Degree

Become a cybersecurity technician or analyst with this accelerated degree program. The Associate of Applied Science in IST Cybersecurity is designed to help prepare you for a bachelor’s degree at partnering four-year schools or enter directly into the career field and start working. If you want a career that offers competitive pay and rewarding, complex problem solving, this is the path for you.

Why Choose Germanna

Germanna’s alliances with business and industry partners mean our students learn the latest industry skills and have the best chance at job placement.

Germanna is designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Education, co-sponsored by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. In the Germanna cybersecurity program, you will learn from faculty who are experts in the industry and dedicated to your success.

Career Options in Cybersecurity

In the Commonwealth alone, there are over 20,000 jobs open now that require some level of cybersecurity training. Here are a few jobs that Germanna graduates have gone on to secure.

In-Demand Jobs: 

  • Information Security Analysts: Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information
  • Security Management Specialists: Conduct security assessments for organizations, and design security systems and processes. May specialize in areas such as physical security or the safety of employees and facilities.  
  • Data Warehousing Specialists: Design, model, or implement corporate data warehousing activities. 
  • Geographic Information Systems Technologists and Technicians: Assist scientists or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases.

Salary Expectations

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What You'll Learn

Our technical instruction includes theoretical concepts along with hands-on experience so you can master the skills needed for successful preparation for employment. More technically speaking, cybersecurity technicians or analysts trained by Germanna have the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities identified in the National Initiative on Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework.

In-Demand Skills:

  • Telecommunication
  • Networking concepts
  • Software design
  • PC troubleshooting
  • Network and e-commerce security
  • Computer forensics
  • Microcomputer operating systems
  • Java
  • Unix and Linux
Course Highlights
ITE 115: Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts
ITP 100: Software Design
ITN 171 & 170: Unix 1/ Linux System Administration
ITN 276: Computer Forensics I
ITP 290: Coordinated Internship

 Courses may vary from semester to semester. Please consult the college catalog for the most up-to-date information.

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We’re thinking differently at Germanna and shaping an entirely new approach to career-focused education. Our faculty has extensive teaching experience and can break down complex concepts as you gain more knowledge of the field.
Work Experience
Work experience can help you identify areas of opportunity for advancement. At Germanna, education and training are available for any stage of your career.
Technical Training
Technical training and career-based certificates can further develop the specific job skills you need to advance in your current job or change careers.
Associate's Degree
Our associate degrees can prepare you for entry-level careers, professional certifications, and successful transfer to a four-year school.
College Transfer
Transfer your Germanna credits to top Virginia four-year schools including UMW, VCU, and Hampton U through our guaranteed transfer agreements.
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