2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems - Information Security and Digital Forensics Associate of Technical Arts Degree

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PGM Code – 506V  

Our high level associate of technical arts degree in Information Security and Digital Forensics brings you the latest technology and methods for solving today’s business IT Security needs. This curriculum includes: computer forensics; incident response essentials; system security for Windows and Linux hosts and servers; packet analysis; virtual private network implementation; firewall implementation; intrusion detection system implementation; security risk analysis and assessment; policy development; and layered security design and implementation. Those completing this advanced degree may seek employment as:

• Network Security Administrator • Security Analyst
• Information Security Manager or Engineer • Information Security Administrator
• Computer Forensics Analyst or Examiner • Digital Forensics Specialist

Entry Requirements Students entering Computer Information Systems (CIS) programs will need to contact Enrollment Services and take both the English and Math placement tests. Students should bring the results of these tests to their first CIS advising appointment. This degree begins at an advanced level and is designed for students already in the IT field. Conditions of employment in this field may require passing criminal background checks. Students MUST see a CIS faculty adviser for proper placement into this program.

Career Management Requirement Students obtaining associate of technical arts degrees are required to take at least one (1) credit of career management, which can be satisfied by taking either CIS 116  or CIS 280 .

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

Credit/Grade Requirements This ATA degree is awarded upon completing a minimum of 91 credits of program requirements and electives as outlined. A minimum of 30 credits or one-third, whichever is less, of the required credits must have been received from Edmonds CC. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college level courses as well as a minimum grade point average of 2.8 within the program requirements.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning a degree or certificate of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by taking at least five (5) credits of CD courses. To learn more, go to Academic Information – Cultural Diversity Requirement  in the online academic catalog.

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,
  • check plans with the appropriate faculty adviser, and
  • see the CIS website to determine when courses are generally offered.

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.

CWU Transfer This ATA degree transfers directly to Central Washington University’s Bachelors in Information Technology and Administrative Management on the Edmonds Community College campus. Students must complete specific requirements for English, math, and logic. For more information, visit CWU BAS-ITAM or contact the CWU adviser at linklett@cwu.edu.

College Resources
College Website | www.edcc.edu
How to Enroll | www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer Center | www.edcc.edu/transfer
College Bookstore | www.edcc.edu/bookstore
Advising Appointments | 425.640.1458

Department website
Computer Information Systems | www.edcc.edu/cis
CIS Information Security website | infosec.edcc.edu
CWU BAS-ITAM website |  www.cwu.edu/~itam

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

General Education/Related Instruction Requirements (15 credits)

Communication Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Write in clear, effective ways, adapted to audience, context, and purpose.

Quantitative Skills (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Apply mathematical, quantitative, or symbolic models to solve problems, draw inferences, or support conclusions appropriate to an individual discipline.

Human Relations/Group Interaction (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Identify and explain how to apply the skills needed to maintain effective working relationships in multicultural settings.

Cultural Diversity Requirement

OUTCOME: Apply multiple perspectives when examining cultural differences and interacting in multicultural settings.

____Cultural Diversity Requirement met

Program Requirements (51 credits)


  • Demonstrate knowledge of administrative and technical strategies for mitigating and managing threats posed to information systems
  • Select, configure, and employ the appropriate technical solutions and components to protect a network infrastructure and the related information assets.
  • Plan and execute an information security risk analysis and vulnerability assessment.
  • Conduct forensic analysis on various types of computing devices and storage media.
  • Properly document a digital forensics investigation/analysis and create comprehensive analysis reports.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of laws, standards and regulations and their relevance to information security and privacy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of techniques and methods to facilitate the recovery of data from corrupt and/or damaged storage media.

Career Management (1 credit)

OUTCOME: Demonstrate the ability to research employment opportunities, prepare an effective employment package, and present oneself positively in a job interview.

Faculty Adviser Signature Required

Student has met with a faculty adviser for proper placement

Faculty Signature/Date



Dean’s Signature and Date Adviser’s Signature and Date
Eff: summer 2014  |  Rev: 05/14  

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