Network Systems Technology - Network Security (Cybersecurity) Option, A.S.


WOULD you like a career in cybersecurity?

When technology keeps us constantly connected, access to information becomes power. Hackers view our hyper-connected world as a target rich environment. They steal everything from your identity to national secrets. We must build a strong cyber defense. That takes highly skilled and motivated people. Are you one of them? If you answered "yes," then it's time to start your training. Our cyber program features a rich, hands-on curriculum taught by experienced industry professionals. You will learn how to secure devices, data, and networks through courses aligned with highly sought after industry certifications including: CompTIA A+, Comp TIA Security+, Cisco CCNA, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 MCSA.

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Contact the Advisor

Melanie Boyd
Chair, Business and Technology

Meet Ejarra, Cybersecurity student

I do the same IT networking and hacking that I would do in the real world.

Lowdown a career in Cybersecurity - As hackers continue to commit online crimes, the need for dedicated Bybersecurity professionals continues to grow. Help protect businesses and people from malicious attacks in this exciting and rewarding field.


Who is eligible for the Network Systems Technology - Network Security (Cybersecurity) Option, A.S. program?

If you can pass an FDLE background check.

If you are a high school graduate, you can apply to this program.

If you have earned credits from a regionally accredited college or university, you may have a head start at Gulf Coast State College.  


  • You'll get a great education with one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
  • With small class sizes and professors who care, you'll get the personal attention you deserve.
  • More than 90% of our graduates would recommend Gulf Coast State College to others.

How do I apply to the Network Systems Technology - Network Security (Cybersecurity) Option, A.S. program?

To apply, you’ll need to complete the general admission application to Gulf Coast State College.  Visit the Gulf Coast admissions page to learn more about the application process.

Consult the Gulf Coast State College Catalog for specific program and course information.

How do I register for my classes?

Check out the class registration dates and plan your schedule today.

How do I apply for financial aid and scholarships?

There are many options available to help you pay for college. Find out more about scholarships and financial aid at Gulf Coast State College.

Program Requirements

Communications Area CH
•+*ENC1101, English I 3
Mathematics Area
•+*MAC1105, College Algebra 3
Natural Sciences Area
See General Education Requirements 3
Social Sciences Area
Philosophy/Religion +PHI2600, Ethics 3
Behavioral Sciences PSY2012 or SYG 2000, Psychology/Sociology 3

COMPTIA Certification Aligned Courses

(12 credits) #*CTS1111, Linux+ 3
+*CTS1120, Security+ 3
#*CTS1131, A+ Hardware 3
*CTS1133, Desktop Operating Systems (A+ Software)

CISCO Academy 4-Course Sequence

(12 credits) #*CTS1650, Network Fundamentals 3
+*CTS1651, Cisco Router Technology/Router Protocols and Concepts 3
+*CTS2652, Advanced Router Tech (CISCO/CCNA) 3
+#*CTS2653, Cisco Project-Based Learning/Accessing the WAN 3


(3 credits) COP1000, Introduction to Programming Logic 3


(3 credits) +CTS1134, Networking Essentials (Network+) 3

Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012

(6 credits) #*CTS1390, Installing & Configuring Windows Server 2012 3
+#*CTS1391, Administering Windows Server 2012 3

Network Security (Cybersecurity) (CYB1)

This is a restricted program based upon special requirements needed to work for government agencies and private-sector employers. Students will be required to submit and pass a background investigation, including a fingerprint check, during their first semester of study or prior to enrolling in Ethical Hacking I whichever is earlier. Requirements that will be verified, include, but are not limited to, U.S. citizenship, not discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions, good moral character, and not having been convicted of a felony or any misdemeanor involving lying or perjury.

Ethical Hacking Series

+*CIS2352, Ethical Hacking I 3
+#*CIS2359, Ethical Hacking II 3
Choose one of the following: 3
+CTS2314, Network Defense and Countermeasures 3
+*CIS2381, Computer Forensics & Incident Response 3
+*CTS2315, Intrusion Detection and Firewalls 3
+*CIS2351, Encryption & Cryptography 3
+CTS1939, Special Topics 3
+CNT2949, Computer Networks Coop 3



• General Education Core.

+ Prerequisites and/or corequisites required. See course descriptions.

# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.

= PSAV course.

* Minimum grade of "C" required.


Department Chair

Melanie Boyd
Chair, Business and Technology