Database Technology (A.S. Degree)

General Info --
The Northwest Florida State College Associate in Science degree in IT Security is a two-year program designed in response to the increased growth of information technology security concerns, from regional to international environments. Information security personnel must continually adapt to stay a step ahead of cyber-attackers. They must stay up to date on the latest methods attackers are using to infiltrate computer systems and on IT security. Analysts need to research new security technology to decide what will most effectively protect their organization. This may involve attending cybersecurity conferences to hear firsthand accounts of other professionals who have experienced new types of attacks. Information security analysts sometimes have to be on call outside of normal business hours in case of an emergency at their organization.

New students may begin this program of study in any term. For specific day, time, location and eCampus options for courses offered in this program see the Schedule of Classes at See the College Catalog for complete requirements at For information or to schedule an advising appointment Ray Rickman, Department Chair of Advanced Technology & Design, at (850) 729-5218 or

What is the job outlook?
Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects for this occupation should be favorable. The median annual wage of information security analysts, was $75,660 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,190, and the top 10 percent earned more than $119,940. A survey by Robert Half Technology estimated the salary of data security analysts to be between $89,000 and $121,500 in 2012.

Job titles for which graduates in this field may qualify include Systems Security Professional, IT Security Analyst, Information Security Specialist, IT Security Architect, IT Security Manager, IT Security Risk Manager, IT Consultant. Select this link for Gainful Employment information.

A.S. Degree
The IT Security A.S. degree includes 63 total credits including 45 credits selected from among the following core and elective courses. See the College Catalog for complete degree requirements.

CET 1660 Intro to Network Security
CET 2685C Fundamentals of Network Security
CET 2892C Advanced Network Security
CTS1106 Fundamentals of UNIX
CTS 1347C Windows Network Infrastructure 2008
CTS 2134 Network Technology
CTS 2302C Windows Active Directory
CTS 2334 Windows Server
CGS 1550 Intro to the World Wide Web
CIS 1000 Introduction to Computer Science
COP 2010 Programming in Visual Basic
COP 2224 Programming in C++
COP 2360 Programming in C#
CTS 1156C Desktop Support
CTS 2437 Administering SQL Server Database
ETG 1941 Internship
MAD 2104 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics