Homeland Security Network Administrator (CA)

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Manage Computer Networks for One of the Largest Security Groups in the Nation

People and organizations within the United States and abroad work tirelessly attempting to hack into government and corporate databases to steal sensitive information and hold it for a ransom. And, the government needs people with the same determination to keep these threats at bay and keep our networks and databases safe and secure.

Learn to manage extensive computer networks for civilian and government agencies while helping stop hackers from obtaining confidential information. In this industry, you will apply your in-depth knowledge of computer networks, backed by your leadership and management skills, to identify security breaches and follow specific protocols to stop the active threat. You will provide reports and status updates to supervisors, while working individually or with teams to troubleshoot issues, ensure compliance, and identify security issues and breaches to help maintain the safety and security of our country.

Careers in Homeland Security Network Administrator

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 careers and their salaries you could have by receiving a Certificate of Achievement in Homeland Security Network Administrator: 

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

Responsible for the day-to-day operation of computer networks.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $82,050/year
$39.45/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase

383,900

Study an organization’s current computer systems and find a solution that is more efficient and effective.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $88,740/year
 $42.66/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 9% increase

633,900

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

Plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $142,530/year
$68.53/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
5 years or more  21% increase
(much faster than average)

414,400

 

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Homeland Security Network Administrator 

You can get a Certificate of Achievement (CA) through LASC’s Homeland Security Network Administrator program where you will develop an in depth understanding of the security of computer networks and databases, compliance with regulations, and cybersecurity:

  • Advance your knowledge and management skills in complex network operations, network architecture, and construction while working in a rewarding and challenging industry to keep 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 Network Administrator and our suggested course of study for this program is listed below. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 701.01
Total Units Required: 15

After 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, and secure remote access, wireless, and virtual private networks (VPN) against hackers’ attacks. 
Required Courses: Units
Practical PC and Career Technologies
1
CO SCI 601 Introduction to Computers and Their Users  3
CO SCI 630 Microcomputer Application Software    3
CO SCI 681 Introduction to Computer Networking 4
CO SCI 682 Server Administration & Network Security 4
TOTAL UNITS 15

 

Get Ready Before You Start 

If you’re interested in a career in homeland security network security, you can start preparing for your career before your first class starts!

  • 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 to join. See if the government has summer internships or if you can shadow a network administrator 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 

After 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, and secure remote access, wireless, and virtual private networks (VPN) against hackers’ attacks.