Network Security and Forensics

Bachelor of Applied Science in Network Security & Forensics 
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Network Security & Forensics viewblogsse testimonials 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.


Typical Course Outline
Bachelor of Applied Science in Network Security & Forensics 
E103 English Composition 4
H103 US History 1 4
M103 College Mathematics 4
P101 Psychology 4
Total Semester Hours 16 
E104 Public Speaking 4
M102 Personal Financial Planning 4
P102 Cultural Studies 4
H104 US History II 4
Total Semester Hours 16
NSF401 Security Management Practices 3
NSF412 Operating System Hardening 4
NSF403 Security Architecture & Models 3
NSF404 Telecommunications & Net Security 3
NSF405 Operations Security 4
Total Semester Hours 17
NSF406 Physical Security & Access Controls 3
NSF407 Applications & Systems Dev Security 3
NSF408 Bus. Continuity & Disaster Recovery 3
NSF409 Cryptography 3
NSF410 Law, Investigation & Ethics 3
NSF413 Computer Forensics 2
Total Semester Hours 17

Technical Training: 94 Semester Credit Hours

General Education: 32 Semester Credit Hours

Needed to Graduate: 126 Semester Credit Hours

Semesters may be offered out of the sequence shown.


The Bachelor of Applied Science in Network Security & Forensics is awarded upon completion of 126 semester credit hours in the following areas: 94 technical management (60 from technical occupational associate program and 34 credit hours in security), in addition to 32 general education courses. This course of study is intended for students who are interested in complementing their previous associate's-level technical career training and experiences with additional security and general education courses in order to gain both the award of a bachelor's degree and network security-oriented job placement. Graduates are expected to obtain entry-level employment in a diverse range of positions from their associate's-degree field of study up to network security and forensics positions.

This program is designed to provide quality IT career training in the essentials of network security and forensics, including the comprehension and appreciation of security issues and forensic studies; the development of effective communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills; and an understanding of security and how it influences business operations.


The Bachelor of Applied Science in Network Security & Forensics degree will be conferred upon successfully completing the academic requirements and fulfilling financial obligations.

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