Industry Related Certifications
The CNST AAS Degree provides students with a wide background in Computer System Administration, Networking Administration, and Security Technology. The program prepares students for industry recognized certifications by tailoring lab exercises and assignments to the following certifications.
- CompTIA Certification. CompTIA has four IT certification series that test different knowledge standards – from entry-level to expert such as CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Server+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Linux+
- Cisco Career Certifications. Cisco offer five levels of
network certification: Entry, Associate, Professional, Expert and Architect, the highest level of accreditation within the Cisco Career Certification program. The Associate level of Cisco Certifications are considered the foundation level of networking certification, and can begin directly with CCNA for network installation, operations and troubleshooting or CCDA for network design.
- Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Certifications. Microsoft offers a wide range of certification programs. For those new to technology, Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is the recommended starting point.
- (ISC)² Information Security Certification Programs. (ISC)²®, is a global, not-for-profit leader in educating and certifying cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals. ISC2 offers several certification options. The SSCP certification is the ideal credential for those with proven technical skills and practical security knowledge in hands-on operational IT roles, and for those working in or towards positions in Network Security. The CISSP is intended for professionals who have at least 5 years of recent full-time professional work experience in 2 or more of the 8 domains of the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge.
DoD Directive 8570.1. The U.S. Department of Defense has recognized the critical need for highly-qualified, experienced information assurance personnel. To ensure a knowledgeable and skilled workforce the DoD has taken the necessary steps to develop a directive that involves the credentialing and continuing education of all DoD employees with privileged access to DoD information systems.