An IT - Network Security Specialist Class

IT - Network Security Specialist (Cybersecurity)

62-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

Network security specialists monitor and protect an organization's computer network and system, maintain system security and upgrade security measures to prevent computer viruses and cyberattacks.

In the program, discover how to protect data confidentiality, integrity and availability while learning ways to implement security mechanisms to mitigate attacks from various vectors. Emphasis is placed on vigilant security awareness, identifying network threats and deploying appropriate incident responses.

Through hands-on lab work, delve into topics including penetration testing, log analysis, digital forensics, the implementation of firewalls, wireless security and incident response, as well as defenses, countermeasures, and understanding legal and ethical issues associated with information security. Analyze a variety of network operating systems, firewalls, virtual private networks (VPN), packet filters and intrusion detection systems (IDS) to maximize information security in the network.

  • Prepare for jobs such as information security analyst, security engineer, security specialist and security administrator.
  • Students in IT-Computer Support Specialist, IT-Network Specialist, IT-Web and Software Developer, IT-Network Security Specialist and IT-Database Specialist take similar courses in their first semester. Should a student determine after the first semester that he/she would prefer a different IT program, he/she may switch with minimal credit loss.
  • The IT Student Center provides a wealth of resources for students to practice their skills, complete group projects and work with mentors and tutors.
  • As a complement to the IT-Network Security Specialist program, several specialized, short-term IT certificates are available.
  • Some credits earned in the Network Enterprise Administrator technical diploma can be applied to this associate degree program.
  • Involvement in the BIT Connections Club allows members to share and expand upon IT skills through service learning projects, emerging technology exploration, aspects of global business technology and professional development opportunities.
  • Starting salaries range from $16.83 to $28.85 for full-time, entry-level network security specialists.

Network Security Specialist is only offered as a Blended Options program.

In the Blended Options format, programs are organized into short, manageable segments (e.g. one class meeting each week for six or eight weeks) that meet during evening hours. This format is designed primarily for working adults with some college experience. Learn how to become a Blended Options student.

Program Code 10-151-2

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 151-101 IT Security Essentials2  
 150-178 Cisco1-Intro to Networks3 *
 150-188 Linux Essentials3 *
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 804-133 Math & Logic3  
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 150-168 Wireless Networking & Security3  
 150-137 MS Server 20163 *
 150-157 Data Security3 *
 150-179 Cisco2-Route/Switch Essentials3 *
Total Semester Credits
May Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 150-154 Shell Scripting2  
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 801-198 Speech3+ 
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 107-103 IT Business Strategies3+ 
 150-161 Ethical Hacking3  
 151-103 Firewall Security3  
 151-104 Intrusion Detection3  
Total Semester Credits
January Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 890-108 Employment Success1+ 
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 107-184 IT Capstone2  
 150-169 Business Continuity Planning3  
 151-102 Log Analysis3  
 151-105 Digital Forensics3  
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 809-195 Economics3+*
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
Total Semester Credits
Fifth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 107-137 IT Internship1  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Mark Krzyszkowski

Mark Krzyszkowski

Phone: 262.691.7878


  • BS, Advanced Technical Studies, Southern Illinois University –Carbondale
  • MS, Post-secondary Education, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater


  • CompTIA Security +
  • Network+
  • Microsoft MCSE
  • MCT
  • Snort Certified Professional
  • EC - Council Certified Ethical Hacker

Teaching Philosophy

"I consider my students my peers and facilitate classes with the thought that we are all learning. There is much to learn, and together, we can do it."