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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. Students will identify and protect against cyberattacks by understanding the fundamentals, principles and concepts of cybersecurity. They will learn how to create interfaces, security zones, authentication and policies - all for next generation firewalls.

Pathway options for learners with basic IT experience

Mobile Application Development Certificate

Mobile Application Development courses provide students with the specialized knowledge they need to enter this dynamic field. Instructors will guide students in the production of mobile applications from concept to launch in hands-on labs. Students will also learn the fundamental principles and skills necessary for a career in an industry that involves constantly changing technology.

Computer Networking Certificate

Computer Networking courses provide students with the fundamentals of computer networking, including the practical and conceptual skills needed to enter the industry. Students will gain an understanding of basic networking, build simple local area networks, perform basic device configurations, implement IP address schemes, and configure and troubleshoot routers and switches.

Security and Hacking Certificate

The Security and Hacking courses give students practical experience using security tools on Linux and Windows systems. Courses expand students’ knowledge of information security, which will provide them with the principles, technologies and practices to secure computers and networks. Students will gain skills necessary to protect systems and organizations from cyber vulnerabilities and risks.

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. Students will learn 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 firewalls. Students will also learn network penetration testing to apply cybersecurity defensive skills.

Modern Computing Technologies Certificate

Modern Computing courses give students opportunities to gain experience installing, configuring, securing, and administering data center services. Instructors will guide students in data center configuration and incident mitigation. Students will also learn the methods, policies and procedures needed to maintain systems availability and response.

Secure Programming Certificate

Secure Programming courses give students a background in the Python and Java languages for computer programming. Secure programming classes attempt to ensure that software is protected from vulnerabilities, threats or direct attacks. Students will use a structured high-level language approach to programming, with an emphasis on problem solving and design.