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With data breaches and privacy leaks increasingly prevalent in today's society, we urgently need professionals who are trained to prevent, detect and mitigate these types of cyberattacks. Champlain's Computer Networking & Cybersecurity program provides the cutting-edge skills required to maintain the security of our internet and digital life.
In today's interconnected world, implementing and maintaining network infrastructure and protecting digital information are a priority for organizations and society at large. The fields of networking, systems and IT operations and cybersecurity are also becoming more complex as societies, industries and government agencies come to rely on digital networks, systems and technology in everyday operations.
The Computer Networking & Cybersecurity major gives you an extensive and practical foundation in the full range of designing, building and securing enterprise network and computing environments. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared for a position involving cybersecurity, systems administration, IT infrastructure operations or networking.
Hands-On Education in Small Class Sizes
Thanks to our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll start taking networking and cybersecurity courses beginning in your first semester, which will allow you to develop a deep skill set over your four years. You'll gain proficiency in server software installation, systems administration functions, networks and network services configurations, and LAN and WAN technology and protocols.
Our hands-on lab and virtual infrastructure gives you experience dealing with situations involving sensitive data for individual users and government agencies. You'll scan networks for vulnerabilities and learn how to best secure information shared through integrated networks, web servers and databases. As you come to understand how cyberattacks are staged against network infrastructure, you'll learn how to handle and reduce their effects as well as develop and integrate security measures to strategically prevent and defend against future attacks. 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.
Specializations & Minors
All students in the Computer Networking & Cybersecurity program must select a focus area of study to complete their degree. You can specialize in Network & Security Operations, where you learn to design, implement and maintain the infrastructure; Cybersecurity Operations, which focuses on detection and prevention of cyber attacks; or you can specialize in Systems & IT Infrastructure Operations, which focuses on the server, workstation, virtualization and cloud computing environments that are prevalent in today's businesses In addition to a specialization, you have the option to complete a minor in subjects like Managing Information Systems, Mathematics, Computer Science or Computer & Digital Forensics.
Our students are highly sought after for internships and paid 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 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.
Conferences & Competitions
You may participate in a variety of national security conferences and regional network defense competitions, like the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition and the Women in Cybersecurity and Def-Con conferences.