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Creating impregnable connections for data transfer and developing the means to stop infiltrators in their tracks are the types of technical quests that stir the passion of students in the Computer Networking & Cybersecurity major.
The fields of networking, systems administration and security are becoming more complex as society, industry and government agencies come to rely on the digital infrastructure. Champlain's Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Bachelor of Science program has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency, and this program will give you an extensive grounding in traditional network and security protocols, and prepare you for successful encounters with wireless networking, VoIP, virtualization and cybersecurity at all levels.
With networking and security becoming an increasingly complex field, successful students need to develop a strong skill set and knowledge with systems early on in their college careers. Thanks to our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll start taking networking and cybersecurity courses beginning in your first semester. You'll get to work with technologies only now emerging as you begin to understand the comprehensive inter-relationships between network protocols, clients and servers. The program is highly hands-on, and through lab classes, you will gain proficiency in server software and operating systems installation, systems administration functions, networks and network services configurations, and LAN and WAN technology and protocols. Learn more about our current course offerings.
Learn from instructors who are industry experts in networking and information assurance. They'll give you the hands-on technical skills you need to stand out in the field. Meet our faculty.
All students in the Computer Networking & Cybersecurity program must select a focus area of study to complete their degree. You can specialize in Network Administration, where you learn to design, implement and maintain the infrastructure; or Cybersecurity, which focuses on detection and prevention of cyber attacks. In addition to your specialization, you can also complete a minor in subjects like Managing Information Systems, Mathematics, Computer Science or Computer & Digital Forensics.
Our students are highly sought after for paid internships and positions after only their second year of study and have a variety of career options with technology companies, both regionally and nationally during the summer and after they graduate. In addition to external internships, you can get hands-on experience in paid positions in Champlain's Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI), a fully equipped, state-of-the-art digital forensics investigation lab, where you'll work with professional digital forensics investigators and law enforcement officials on actual investigations. See where our students have interned.
You may participate in a variety of national security conferences and regional network defense competitions, like the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.