Why Computer Networking & Cybersecurity?
As computers, the Internet and networks evolve, communication and data systems have become increasingly complex, and operate with speeds and traffic volumes that make it difficult to protect both the systems themselves and data they process.
The same complexity provides avenues of vulnerability that can range from simple annoyances to liabilities and losses costing millions of dollars in damage or lost revenue. In today's society, we've come to depend on fast and reliable Internet usage. We must also be sure that our interactions are secure, and that information systems are able to respond to threats and attacks.
The computer networking and cybersecurity field offers a world of exciting career possibilities:
- system administrator
- network engineer
- information security representative
- technical support specialist
- systems analyst
Why Computer Networking & Cybersecurity at Champlain?
Champlain College has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency. The course content and curriculum meets the criteria established by the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security.
This four-year academic program gives students:
- extensive grounding in traditional network and security protocols
- preparation for successful encounters with wireless networking, VoIP, virtualization and other technologies only now emerging
- a wide array of networking, systems administration and security courses combined with small classes and hands-on activities.
- Burlington offers great employment opportunities for students choosing this major, both during and after college.
In the class of 2012, 91% secured full-time jobs in the field within one month of graduation.
Champlain Computer Networking & Cybersecurity Graduates Are Ready.
In addition to the extensive career-focused programs and support offered College-wide, each of Champlain's career-focused majors features learning opportunities and programs that help our students create highly marketable resumes.
- All members of the Computer Networking & Cybersecurity faculty are professionals in their field, which is an essential factor in our students getting the most cutting-edge education possible.
- Students in this major acquire extensive practical networking experience via part-time employment at local employers like Ben & Jerry's and Data Innovations, and internships with organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security, MIT Lincoln Lab and the National Security Agency.
- Students receive extensive exposure to information security at all levels, from desktop operating systems to cyberspace.
- Computer Networking & Cybersecurity majors have an opportunity to compete in a regional annual cyber defense competition.
- Students are able to broaden their skill set through additional networking/security electives. Available electives include wireless networking; virtualization; network programming; cyber defense; and exchange server.