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""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 employees with basic IT experience

All classes can be taken online or on-campus. For online classes, students may choose to attend live class sessions through the Internet. Using this format, students can watch and participate in the on-campus section of class as it is in progress. For students who cannot attend these live sessions, class sessions are also recorded for later viewing.
 

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.
CIS 107 Linux Fundamentals
Credits: 3

Typically Offered: FALLSPR

This course introduces students to the Linux operating system. It provides practical skills using command line utilities, managing processes and file systems, as well as installing and maintaining software. In addition to gaining practical Linux experience, this course helps to prepare students for the CompTIA Linux+ certification exams.
CIS 147 Principles of Information Security
Credits: 3

Typically Offered: FALLSPR

This course introduces students to the field of information security. Topics covered include basic security principles, terminology, legal and ethical issues, as well as examining security from business and personal perspectives.
CIS 197 Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3

Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CIS 255 Computer and Network Security
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 147 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: SPRING

This course introduces students to technologies and practices used to secure computers and networks. Topics covered include cryptography, secure authentication, logging, device security, and other aspects of enterprise security. Extensive networking and operating system knowledge is recommended. In addition to gaining practical security experience, this course helps to prepare students for the CompTIA Security+ certification.
CIS 274 Cybersecurity Operations
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: CIS 147 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: FALL

This course teaches core security skills needed for monitoring, detecting, investigating, analyzing and responding to security events, thereby protecting systems and organizations from cybersecurity risks, threats and vulnerabilities.
CIS 282 Ethical Hacking and Network Defense

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 255 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: SPRING

This course provides experience securing computer network resources. The tools and methodologies attackers use will be examined, as well as defenses against them.

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.
CIS 164 Networking Fundamentals I
Credits: 4

Typically Offered: FASPSU

This course teaches the fundamentals of networking communications. Students will learn practical and conceptual skills that create a foundation for understanding basic networking. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple local area networks, perform basic device configurations, and implement IP addressing schemes. In addition to gaining practical networking experience, this course helps to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam.
CIS 165 Networking Fundamentals II
Credits: 4

Prerequisite: CIS 164

Typically Offered: SPRING

This course teaches the architecture, components, and operations of devices for network communication. Students will learn to configure switches and routers to meet small network requirements. By the end of this course, students can configure and troubleshoot routers and switches. In addition to gaining practical networking experience, this course helps to prepare students for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam.
CIS 197 Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3

Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CIS 212 Windows Operating System Client
Credits: 3

Typically Offered: FALLSPR

The course helps learners to gain the knowledge and skills to install, configure, customize, optimize, and troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows operating system in a stand-alone and network environment. This course provides a foundation for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification.
CIS 216 Implementing Windows Network Infrastructure
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 212 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: SPRING

This course helps learners who will be responsible for configuring, managing, and troubleshooting a network infrastructure that uses the Microsoft Windows Server products. Students will learn how to install and manage a Microsoft Server and it roles. DHCP, DNS, RRAS, and File and Print services will be explored along with other roles and services. This course can help provide a foundation for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certifications.
CIS 223 Linux System Administration
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 107 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: SPRING

This course covers topics relating to the administration of Linux computer systems. It provides experience in user management, task scheduling, system logging, shell scripting, system security, and other common system administration tasks. In addition to gaining practical Linux experience, this course helps to prepare students for the CompTIA Linux+ certification exams.

Pathway Options for employees 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.
CIS 197 Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3

Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CIS 241 Digital Forensics Fundamentals
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 147 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: SPRING

This course introduces students to digital forensics. Topics covered include the investigative process, preservation of evidence, mobile and cloud forensics issues, as well as providing experience using digital forensics software.
CIT 367 Cybersecurity Infrastructure Configuration
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 165 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: FALL

This course provides students an understanding of how to install, configure, and manage firewalls for defense of enterprise network architectures. Students will learn the theory and configuration steps for setting up the security, networking, threat prevention, logging, and reporting features of next generation firewall technologies. In addition to gaining practical Next Generation Firewall experience, this course helps to prepare students for the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) certification exam.
CIT 368 Cybersecurity Prevention & Countermeasures
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIT 367 or Instructor approval.

Typically Offered: SPRING

This course provides students with advanced information in installing, configuring, and managing firewalls for defense of enterprise network architecture. Students will learn the theory and extended configuration features necessary to set up traffic handling, advanced content/user identification, quality of service, global protect, monitoring/reporting and high availability of next generation firewall technologies. In addition to gaining practical next generation firewall experience, this course helps to prepare students for the Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSA) certification exam.
CIT 470 Penetration Testing
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 255

Typically Offered: SPRING

This course provides theoretical and practical aspects of network and web application penetration testing. The course uses a hands-on approach to the different phases of penetration testing. Students will learn tools and methodologies typically used to exploit vulnerabilities.
CIT 475 Emerging Threats & Defenses
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: CIS 216CIS 226 and CIS 255 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: SPRING

In this course, students learn to implement a variety of tools, strategies, and techniques to defend and administer an IT infrastructure. Role based scenarios and challenges will be presented, allowing students to practice and apply their cybersecurity defense skills. Trending topics in cybersecurity will also be examined.

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.
CIS 197 Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3

Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CIS 226 Linux Network & Security Administration
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 223 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: FALL

This course provides experience installing, configuring, securing, and administering Linux network services. Topics include DNS servers, web servers, network file sharing, and other common network communication components. In addition to gaining practical Linux experience, this course helps to prepare students for the LPIC-2 Linux Network Professional certification exams.
CIT 320 Disaster Recovery & Incident Response
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 255 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: SPRING

This class focuses on methods, policies and procedures needed to maintain systems availability. Response and mitigation to an incident will be explored as well as determining its root cause.
CIT 330 Virtualization
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 165 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: SPRING

This course focuses on implementation, support, and maintenance of a virtualized infrastructure. Topics include virtual servers, virtual clients, virtual machine storage, virtual networking. Students gain hands on experience using these virtualization topics.
CIT 410 Wireless Networking & Mobile Security
Prerequisite: CIS 165 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: FALL

This course examines the role wireless communication plays in business communications. It also explores enterprise management of wireless and mobile devices.
CIT 430 Cloud Computing & Security
Credits: 3

Prerequisite: CIS 165 or Instructor approval.

Typically Offered: FALL

This course introduces the use and administration of cloud computing platforms, as well as their security. Students gain experience using common cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services and Azure.

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.
CIS 185 Introduction to Programming (Python)
Credits: 3

Typically Offered: FALLSPR

This course uses the Python language to provide an introduction to computer programming. Topics include programming fundamentals, logic development, top down program design, and application creation.
CIS 197 Cooperative Education/Internship

Credits: 1-3

Cooperative education and internships provide students with real-world experience in business and industry as they explore careers or gain experience in chosen fields of study. The work experiences must be directly related to the discipline under which the credits are to be awarded.

CIS 204 Database Design & SQL
Credits: 3

Typically Offered: FALLSPR

This course focuses on the development steps needed to produce a functioning relational database, creation of the database, and use of Structured Query Language (SQL) to interact with the database. Topics covered include database design, relationships, normalization, and SQL.
CSCI 160 Computer Science I (Java)
Credits: 4
Prerequisite: CIS 185 or instructor approval.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
Systematic development of algorithms and programming structure with an emphasis on problem solving and design. The use of good programming style to aid in designing, coding, and debugging programs. Includes use of a structured high level language. Primarily for those who plan to major or minor in Computer Science.
CIT 381 IT Project Management
Credits: 3

Typically Offered: SPRING

An investigation of the project management techniques and appropriate software used to effectively manage projects. This course covers the knowledge areas and other topics as defined by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
CIT 450 Database & Web Application Security
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: CIS 204 and CSCI 160 or instructor approval.

Typically Offered: FALL

This course explores the vulnerabilities found in database servers and web applications. It also provides techniques for securing them.