Network Security and Forensics

What is Network Security and Forensics?

Computer crime is one of the fastest-growing types of crime in the world. Every aspect of our economy, industry, commerce, public safety and national defense relies on computer networks, which are complex and have built-in vulnerabilities. Network security and digital forensics – or cyber security – is the practice of protecting computers and networks against exploitation or attack. From the computers in our homes and embedded in our mobile devices, to the inventory systems that bring us our food, banking, automotive and communications, securing these networks has grown to become a cyber-battle, and the most pressing priority in our personal lives, our businesses, and our nation.

Network Security and Forensics (NSF) is an Information Technology degree program offered by Fountainhead College that trains students to prepare and protect networks, intranets, and websites. The NSF program’s core focus is on securing computer networks and diagnosing problems, security risks, and cyber analysis processes. Network security and digital forensics professionals harden computer networks against unauthorized access and intrusion.

Demand for Network Security and Forensics Professionals

Network systems and data communications analysts are projected to be the second-fastest-growing occupation in the economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Identity theft, “phishing” emails, viruses, Trojan horses, denial of services attacks and industrial and governmental espionage are becoming more commonplace, creating a rising public awareness of risks to confidential information. These threats represent what the Department of Homeland Security considers America’s most pressing problem: cyberwarfare. Increasing numbers of network security and forensics professionals are hired every year to help keep information secure and reliable. Businesses and government officials see network security and computer forensics analysts as integral to their IT infrastructure.

The Network Security and Forensics program provides technical career training to prepare students for occupations such as Computer Security Specialists. For related occupational information, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s O*NET website.

SOC Codes (Standard Occupational Classification) related to Network Security and Forensics careers: 15-1122.00.

O*NET Online Report on the industry

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The Bachelor of Applied Science in Network Security & Forensics program is a comprehensive baccalaureate degree program in the field of Information Technology that provides 66 semester credit hours of instruction to complement any accredited post-secondary computer-centric associate’s degree. Prospective students who have a non-computer-centric associate’s degree or higher degrees, who wish to enroll in this program, must be able to demonstrate proficiency in computer repair and operation, and in network configuration and administration. This can be demonstrated by acquiring certifications, or by special examination, at the discretion of the College. Day and evening classes meet 20 hours per week for four semesters (60 weeks), assuming the entrance criteria have been met.  Students may enroll directly in this degree program without completing an associate’s degree for a total of 8 semsters (120 weeks).

Network Security & Forensics students benefit by Fountainhead College’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This prestigious designation recognizes Fountainhead’s NSF bachelor’s degree program as one of the best in the nation and one of only 7 Centers of Academic Excellence nationwide that grant all six certifications that meet standards from the National Security Agency Committee on National Security Systems.

This program is the only cybersecurity bachelor’s degree offered by the CAEIAE in Tennessee, and the only college in East Tennessee that offers all six national certifications offered by the CAEIAE.