Rock Valley College

Data Assurance & IT Security Degree

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
  CIS-102 Intro to Computers & Info Systems
  WEB-101 Programming Related to the Internet
  PCT-270 Introduction to Unix/Linux


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
  PCT-112 Windows Server Fundamentals
  PCT-120 Cisco Networking I
  PCT-122 Cisco Networking II
  PCT-124 Cisco Networking III
  PCT-130 Intro to Network Security Fundamentals
  PCT-132 Advanced Network Security
  PCT-275 Cisco Firewall Design

General Education Course Requirements (15 credits)

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

Potential Careers & Wages