Rock Valley College

Data Assurance & IT Security Degree

RVC Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

RVC Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

The goal of the program is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in cyber defense and producing professionals with cyber defense expertise. Learn more.


Degree conferred: Associate in Applied Science - 64 credits
Program contact: Division of Business /Computers & Information Systems, (815) 921-3101


Program overview

Graduates of the Data Assurance & IT Security Program are prepared for a career in computer network and Internet security. Responsibilities include developing information security strategies, performing analyses, installing security software, monitoring network traffic, and developing emergency plans.

Work and employment

With the increased concern over computer security issues, employers are looking for people with skills in this area. Graduates secure jobs such as security specialists, network specialists, security technicians, security support specialists, and security assistants. Students should consult with an academic advisor, or the Dean or Academic Chair of the CIS program.


Data Assurance & IT Security Course Requirements (49 credits)

Data Assurance & IT Security Core Courses (10 credits)

Number Title Credits
  CIS-102 Intro to Computers & Info Systems (3)
  WEB-101 Programming Related to the Internet (4)
  PCT-270 Introduction to Unix/Linux (3)


Data Assurance & IT Security Electives (10 credits):

With the approval of the CIS Academic Chair, select courses with any of the following prefixes: CIS, PCT, or WEB.


Data Assurance & IT Security Specialization: (29 credits)

Number Title Credits
  PCT-112 Windows Server Fundamentals (3)
  PCT-120 Cisco Networking I (4)
  PCT-122 Cisco Networking II (4)
  PCT-124 Cisco Networking III (4)
  PCT-126 Cisco Networking IV (4)
  PCT-130 Intro to Network Security Fundamentals (3)
  PCT-132 Advanced Network Security (3)
  PCT-275 Cisco Firewall Design (4)

General Education Course Requirements (15 credits)

Number Title Credits
  ENG-101 Composition I (3)
  ENG-103 Composition II, or
  ENG-110 Introduction to Technical Writing (3)
  SPH-131 Fundamentals of Communication (3)
  MTH-120 College Algebra, or
  MTH-160 Topics From Finite Mathematics, or
  MTH-220 Elements of Statistics (3)
  BUS-170 Intro to Organizational Behavior, or
  PSY-170 General Psychology, or
  SOC-190 Introduction to Sociology (3)