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Career Pathways

""Bismarck State College’s cybersecurity pathways provide skills that can immediately apply to the workplace for working adults already in the career of IT. The pathway options below are specifically designed to upskill you or your workforce and provided in a convenient online format at an affordable price.

The courses within the pathway options apply towards an AAS in Cybersecurity and Computer Networks and BAS in Cybersecurity and Information Technology

Why Bismarck State College

Through immersive classes and a dynamic curriculum, your employees will access hands-on materials, delivered remotely through live instruction, recorded lectures and lab tutorials.

Employees will develop skills in analyzing security risk, performing ethical hacking and penetration testing, cyber defense activities and discovering safeguards to protect your organizations’ information assets and enterprise IT infrastructures. Invest in your employees at an affordable price point for long term ROI. Payment plans, scholarships and financial aid are available.

Pathway options for learners with no IT experience

Classes can be taken starting in high school or online through BSC. This is a great pathway option for you to explore the fundamental skills of cybersecurity professionals.

Cybersecurity Fundamentals Certificate

Cybersecurity Fundamentals courses provide an understanding of fundamental cybersecurity, network security, cloud security, SOC security, information security and networking.

Pathway options for learners with basic IT experience

Mobile Application Development Certificate

Mobile Application Development courses provide students with specialized knowledge needed to develop applications for mobile devices. Learners will take mobile applications from concept to launch while preparing to enter a dynamic field.

Computer Networking Certificate

Computer Networking courses will provide the learner with the fundamentals of computer networking, including the practical and conceptual skills needed to understand basic networking, build simple local area networks, perform basic device configurations, implement IP address schemes, and configure and troubleshoot routers and switches. Additionally, learners will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to install, configure, customize, optimize, and troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows operating system in a stand-alone and network environment, including installing and managing Microsoft Server and its roles.

Security and Hacking Certificate

The Security and Hacking courses will give students practical Linux experience. Also included are courses that expand students' knowledge in information security, providing them with the principles, technologies, and practices to secure computers and networks. Additionally, the courses provide the skills needed to monitor, detect, investigate, analyze and respond to cyber events to protect systems and organizations from the risks, threats, and vulnerabilities by providing students with the tools and methods attackers use and how to defend against such attacks.

Pathway options for learners with intermediate level IT experience or AAS degree

Offensive and Defensive Security Certificate

Offensive and Defensive Security courses cover digital forensics, installing, configuring, and managing firewalls. In general, the goal is to prepare learners by providing theory and extended configuration features necessary to set up traffic handling, advanced content/user identification, quality of service, global protection, monitoring/reporting, and high availability of next-generation firewall technologies. Lastly, network penetration testing will be learned so that students can apply cybersecurity defense skills.

Modern Computing Technologies Certificate

These courses provide students with opportunities to gain experience installing, configuring, securing, and administering Linux network services, along with an understanding of the methods, policies, and procedures needed to maintain systems availability and response and mitigation to incidents, based on the cause. Also explored will be the implementation, support, and maintenance of a virtualized infrastructure. Lastly, wireless communication and cloud computing will be evaluated, such as wireless and mobile devices' security.

Secure Programming Certificate

These courses will give learners a background in the Python language for computer programming, including fundamentals, logic development, top down program design, and application creation. A structured high-level language approach to programming will also be explored, emphasizing problem-solving and design. Database development, creation, and vulnerabilities will be investigated, and the use of Structured Query Language will be learned.