Cybersecurity, AAS

Room: E-Building, E-223

Phone: (718) 482-5710


This major prepares students for careers in the rapidly growing field of network and systems administration and information security. Through an extensive hands-on curriculum, students will prepare for positions as security analysts, system administrators, network technicians, network administrators, information security analysts, and IT specialists.

Are You Interested In...

  • Setting up computer networks?
  • Cyber security?
  • The latest technologies?
  • Digital Forensics?
  • Security threats to computers, networks, and the cloud?
  • Cryptography and how we apply it in our daily life?
  • WiFi and router setup and troubleshooting?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Programming languages (Python)
  • Linux, Scripting, Windows Servers, Network Security, Firewall, System Security, Digital Forensics
  • Certifications – CCNA, Network+, Linux+, Security+ and SSCP

What makes this major unique?

This major specializes in practical skills needed for setting up computer networks, maintaining such networks and providing security for the networks and information saved in computers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Administer a small sized computer network and configure proper security measures to protect the network.
  • Troubleshoot problems in computer networks.
  • Implement security measures and policies to protect systems and data against unauthorized use, modification, damage and loss using standards.
  • Carry out digital forensic investigations.
  • Communicate effectively in oral, written, and digital media using standards and vocabulary typical of the field in Network Administration and Information Security.

Career Possibilities

Most companies rely on large computer networks for their daily operations. Specialists who can help to deploy and maintain such networks are in very high demand. In addition, it is very important to maintain the integrity and security of the information from cyber-attacks.

As demand for skilled labor increases, some companies are hiring those with Associate’s degrees for the positions listed. The market is changing so be sure to confer with faculty, CCPD, and others as you plan your career.

Transfer Possibilities

  • St. John’s – BS in Cyber Security Systems
  • City Tech – B.Tech in Computer Systems
  • BS in Computer Science
  • BS in Computer Information Systems
  • BS in Information Technology
  • BS in Computer Engineering

Additional Resources

CyberNinjas – Cybersecurity Enthusiasts Meet-Up Group


Through a new collaboration with Mastercard, LaGuardia Community College students majoring in Network Administration & Information Security will get a chance to apply for an apprenticeship-based program working alongside Mastercard cybersecurity experts.

Full-time students (with U.S. citizenship or permanent residency) who have earned 30 credits and maintained a minimum 2.75 GPA towards their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Network Administration & Information Security, will be invited to apply for a specially designed summer bootcamp in Spring II, 2022. Twenty students will enter the bootcamp, which will feature curriculum in network administration, security, cyber intelligence, and product development, to help prepare the students for entry-level positions with Mastercard or other leading companies.

From the cohort of students who complete the bootcamp, 10 students will be selected to work alongside Mastercard experts as paid part-time apprentices—gaining hands-on experience in how to protect, defend and respond to cybersecurity threats.

Upon graduation from LaGuardia, those students selected for the apprenticeship program may be invited to apply for full-time job opportunities at Mastercard.

Read on for a degree map and bootcamp topics.

LaGuardia Community College—Mastercard Apprenticeship Curriculum Design


Network Administration and Information Security AAS


LaGuardia Semester Courses
Semester 1: Fall Session I & II CSF101 First Year Seminar for Computer Science

ENG101 English Composition I

MAT115 College Algebra & Trigonometry

MAC108 Programming with Python

Flexible Core Course Option

Semester 2: Spring Session I ENG102 English Composition II

Life and Physical Sciences Course Option

MAC227 Introduction to Cryptography and Applications

MAC232 UNIX Network Operating Systems

MAC250 Database Management Systems

Semester 2: Spring Session II MAC233 Windows NT Network Operating System

21st Century Skills Boot Camp
Optional: Data Analytics Microcredential

LaGuardia/ Mastercard LAGCC Semester 3: MC Apprenticeship Semester 1 MAC237 Computer Security (at MC-Apprenticeship Credit – 3)

BTM101 Introduction to Business (at MC-Apprenticeship Credit – 3)

MAC245 Data Communication and Network (at LAGCC)

MAC246 Advanced Network Security (at LAGCC)

LAGCC Semester 4: MC Apprenticeship Semester 2 MAC247 Advanced Systems Security (at MC-Apprenticeship Credit – 3)

MAC257 Digital Forensics [Capstone] (at LAGCC)

Flexible Core Course Option (at LAGCC)

Flexible Core Course Option (Urban Studies) (at LAGCC)

MAC254 Advanced Operating Systems (at LAGCC)


Courses that will be credited for the Apprenticeship Program

  • BTM101 Introduction to Business (3 credits)
  • MAC237 Computer Security (3 credits)
  • MAC247 Advanced Systems Security (3 credits)


LAGCC—Mastercard Bootcamp Program


Unit# Topics
1: (Mastercard) Basic P&L knowledge, Payment technology 101
2: (Mastercard and LAGCC) Data Analytics Foundation – using MS Excel
3: (Mastercard) Product development – research; identifying customer needs and wants; how to deliver it to customer
4: (LAGCC) Introduction to Cybersecurity, CIA Triad
5: (LAGCC) Cybersecurity threats and attacks, Cybersecurity best practices in preventing against cybersecurity incidents
6: (Mastercard) Professional/ Soft skills Development
Mini Project: Innovative Cyber Solution Student Challenge Presentation

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

  • English: 6 credits
    • ENG101 English Composition I – 3 credits
    • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits
      (ENA101 depending on placement scores)
  • Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
    Select one of the following courses:
    • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
    • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement scores)
  • Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits
    Select one of the following courses:

    • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
    • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
    • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
    • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
    • SCP101 Topics in Physics
    • SCP105 Life in the Universe
    • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 9 credits

Select one course from three of the five flexible core

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World
  • Students are required to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirements.

Note: Student can select only one courses from any one
discipline. Students are advised to select one Urban Study
course to complete college requirements.

Courses Credits
Business and Technology/Experiential
Learning: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses:
BTM101 Introduction to Business 3
MAC290 Internship for Computer Majors 3
MEC Courses: 36 credits
CSF101 First Year Seminar for Computer Science 2
MAC108 Introduction to Programming with Python 3
MAC232 UNIX Network Operating Systems 3
MAC233 Windows Network Operating System 3
MAC245 Data Communication and Network Security 3
MAC246 Advanced Network Security 3
MAC254 Advanced UNIX and Windows 4
MAC250 Database Management Systems 3
MAC227 Introduction to Cryptography and Applications 3
MAC237 Computer Security 3
MAC247 Advanced Systems Security 3
MAC257 Digital Forensics 3

Network and Information Security

Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 18 credit
MAC232 UNIX Network Operating Systems 3
MAC233 Windows Network Operating System 3
MAC245 Data Communication and Network Security 3
MAC246 Advanced Network Security 3
MAC227 Introduction to Cryptography and Applications 3
MAC237 Computer Security 3
MAC247 Advanced Systems Security 3

This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.

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