Homeland Security & Computer Networks (CA)

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Use Your Technical Talents to Keep our Nation Safe

From ordering groceries for delivery to talking with your friend on a video chat, technology’s advancements to better our lives have also made them less private. People and organizations worldwide and within the U.S. are constantly attempting to hack into corporate and government computer systems and databases to take the public’s private information and hold it for ransom. 

Be on the cutting-edge of technology security working to keep our country’s personal information safe from online threats. You will use your extraordinary knowledge of computer network architecture and operations to apply them to real life situations in order to maintain the safety of our country. It involves monitoring and managing servers, and identifying safety concerns that could easily elevate if not dealt with in a timely manner.

With several security systems in use, you will have the opportunity to use your skills and talent to combat hackers that may try to infiltrate our federal safety networks, while ensuring compliance with federal safety regulations.

Careers in Homeland Security and Computer Networks

Homeland Security personnel are working in offices around the country for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to protect the general public from threats in the U.S. and around the world. 

Here are some professions and their salaries you could have by receiving a Certificate of Achievement in Homeland Security and Computer Networks: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $98,350/year    $47.28/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Less than 5 years
32% increase

112,300

Provide help and advice to computer users and organizations.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college  $53,470/year $25.70/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 10% increase

863,100

Design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $109,020/year   
$52.41/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
5 years or more 5% increase

159,300

 

Design and create websites.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $69,430/year
$33.38/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 13% increase

160,500

 

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Homeland Security and Computer Networks 

You can get a Certificate of Achievement (CA) through LASC’s Homeland Security and Computer Networks program where you will develop an in depth understanding of computer networks, security, and database management:

  • Advance your skills in security systems, network architecture, and construction while working in an exciting and challenging industry keeping our country safe.  
  • Join the movement to prevent hackers from infiltrating our security networks and servers, while ensuring compliance, and maintaining the security of our nation’s network and technology systems.
  • Check for upcoming innovative workshops and events hosted by LASC’s School of Career and Technical Education to learn of innovative technology advances and groundbreaking software developments to gain a deeper knowledge of current computer and technology breakthroughs.
  • Want to get a bachelor’s degree? Visit your academic counselor or the Transfer Center to find out how you can benefit from going to a four-year college or university to meet your career goals.

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review LASC’s Certificate of Achievement in Homeland Security and Computer Networks and our suggested course of study for these programs are listed below. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 707.10
Total Units Required: 21

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand fundamental networking technologies, including topologies, Open System Interconnection (OSI), network architecture, simple and complex network operations, and protocols and apply knowledge to case studies relevant to real-life situations.
  • Create plans for server deployment and installation and configuration. Set up Active Directory and accounts management and prepare for management, monitoring and maintaining the server’s security and policies. Secure remote access, wireless, and virtual private networks (VPN) against hackers’ attacks.
  • Work individually and with groups to enumerate the phases of the security systems development life cycle (SecSDLC) and identifying specific threats, and then creating specific controls to counter those threats.
Required Courses: Units
CO SCI 600 Practical PC and Career Technologies  1
CO SCI 601 Introduction to Computers and Their Uses  3
CO SCI 630 Microcomputer Application Software    3
CO SCI 641 Computer Forensics I   3
CO SCI 681 Introduction to Networking   4
CO SCI 682 Server Administration & Network Security
4
CO SCI 683 Principles of Information Systems Security
3
TOTAL UNITS 21

Get Ready Before You Start 

Before your first class starts at LASC, you can start preparing for your career in homeland security networks:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss your future plans so your counselor can recommend different support services and opportunities, as well as consider if a bachelor’s degree would be a good match for your career goals.
  • Still in high school? Find out if your school has a computer club, and if not start one! See if the government has summer internships or if you can shadow an IT employee at a local business for a week. Follow computer science and software developer blogs and social media to learn more about the industry.
  • Once you’re at LASC, make sure to get involved with on-campus clubs and organizations, such as Toastmasters to gain public speaking skills, become a student ambassador, or run for student government. These create new relationships and show potential employers your commitment to work with others and your leadership skills.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Once you successfully complete this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand fundamental networking technologies, including topologies, Open System Interconnection (OSI), network architecture, simple and complex network operations, and protocols and apply knowledge to case studies relevant to real-life situations.
  • Create plans for server deployment and installation and configuration. Set up Active Directory and accounts management and prepare for management, monitoring and maintaining the server’s security and policies. Secure remote access, wireless, and virtual private networks (VPN) against hackers’ attacks.
  • Work individually and with groups to enumerate the phases of the security systems development life cycle (SecSDLC) and identifying specific threats, and then creating specific controls to counter those threats.