2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
    Mar 23, 2023  
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems - Network Security Specialist Certificate

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Program Description The purpose of the Network Security Specialist Certificate is to give students the skill sets and knowledge required to administer, design, and implement network security systems. Topics of the program include: information systems security, network security fundamentals, computer forensics, host system security, designing secure networks, and implementing network security. Some of the courses will also assist students in achieving various network security industry certifications. This certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 40 credits as outlined.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds CC certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements (40 credits)


  1. Demonstrate knowledge of administrative and technical strategies for mitigating and managing threats posed to information systems.
  2. Select, configure, and employ the appropriate technical solutions and components to protect a network infrastructure and the related information assets.
  3. Plan and execute an information security risk analysis and vulnerability assessment.
  4. Conduct forensic analysis on various types of computing devices and storage media.

Program Notes

The program code for this certificate is 506C. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.
  • Entry requirements This certificate program begins at a high level, with PC Fundamentals and Networking Fundamentals as prerequisites for the certificate. Students may need to complete CIS 116  IT Prior Learning Assessment to waive prerequisites and gain proper placement into the program. Students with work experience and/or other CIS and CEN degree or certificates may be eligible to begin the program directly. Please see an appropriate CIS faculty advisor to assess your individual situation.
  • Students planning to continue on to a two-year ATA degree in CIS should plan ahead while working toward their CIS certificate. For a smooth transition from certificate to degree, students should see a CIS adviser at their earliest opportunity.

The advisors for this program are: 

Steve Hailey | shailey@edcc.edu | 425.640.1377
Mike Andrew | mike.andrew@edcc.edu | 425.640.1099

Department contact information: Computer Information Systems | www.edcc.edu/cis | 425.640.1902, and Information Security | infosec.edcc.edu | 425.640.1902

Certificate General Information

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds CC. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Program of Study Outcomes Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning; and
  • Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

College Resources

Gainful Employment Information may be available for this program.



Dean's Signature and Date Advisor's Signature and Date
Eff: summer 2015  

Internal Coding

EPC - 506C
TC - 40
CIP - 111003
Last revised - yyyy/mm/dd

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