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Information Technology

Chair: Mike Medley
Phone: (435) 893-2264
Email: mike.medley@snow.edu

Department's Webpage:  www.snow.edu/cis 

Computer Information Systems covers a broad range of career opportunities. You could be a network administrator, web developer, cloud architect or a computer forensic investigator. Companies large and small need employees skilled in CIS-related specialties, resulting in extensive options for a successful career.

If you like working with information, a database administrator position might be a good career for you. If puzzles or math intrigue you, programming could be a good choice. The beauty of computer information systems is that you can choose your specialty in a demanding career field where there are ample career opportunities to choose from. In Utah the average salary for a Network Administrator is $67,380, a web developer could earn around $50,000 a year, computer programmers earn around $46,000a year, and software engineering averages a competitive salary of $77,558.

Computer Information Systems – Networking Program Outcomes

Students who complete a Certificate of Completion or an AAS degree and certificates in Computer Information Systems Networking from Snow College will be expected to demonstrate that they:

  • Know basic computer skills and the use of a variety of computer programs.
  • Know fundamentals of IT Essentials.
  • Know fundamentals of networking.
  • Know fundamentals of internetworking.
  • Know fundamentals of Network management.
  • Know fundamentals of databases.
  • Know fundamentals of project management.
  • Know foundations of Security in Networking.
  • Know sound business and/or project management.
  • Know rules and regulations that govern their field of expertise.
  • Know business ethics and copyright issues.
  • Follow good business practices.
  • Safely and efficiently perform quality work on computer networking systems.
  • Can assemble and run a computer network.
  • Understand the role that IT plays in a business infrastructure.

Cybersecurity Program Outcomes

A student who completes a certificate of proficiency in Cybersecurity at Snow College should expect to leave with the following outcomes:

Acquire substantive knowledge

  • Students will be able to identity threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities
  • Students will be able to install, configure and deploy secure networks
  • Students will be able to implement risk management best practices
  • Students will be able to implement a secure network architecture
  • Students will be able to install and configure secure systems using cryptographic and PKI supported configurations
  • Students will be able to configure and deploy cloud environments
  • Students will be able to implement security controls on cloud environments
  • Students will be able to troubleshoot, maintain, and manage cloud environments
  • Students will be able to demonstrate and understanding of access controls, authentication, authorization, and accountability
  • Students will be able to demonstrate and understanding of securing application
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of cryptographic algorithms and their application
  • Students will be able to demonstrate and understanding of network risks, countermeasures, management, and policy

Advanced Cybersecurity

A student who completes a certificate of proficiency in Advanced Cybersecurity at Snow College should expect to leave with the following outcomes:

Acquire substantive knowledge

  • Students will be able to explain the importance of planning and scoping for compliance-based assessment
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding and use of penetration testing tools
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of vulnerability scanning and analysis
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of network attacks and exploits
  • Students will be able to utilize and apply proactive threat intelligence
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of continuous security monitoring and configuration
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of appropriate incident response procedures
  • Students will understand the fundamental theory of access control
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of active defense measures
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of contingency planning, critical controls, advanced cryptography, and advanced network defense
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of incident handling, response, and incident management

Wireless Networking Program Outcomes

A student who completes a certificate of proficiency in Wireless Networking at Snow College should expect to leave with the following outcomes:

Acquire substantive knowledge

  • Students will be able to understand the basics of RF hardware and functions
  • Students will be able to understand and identify 802.11 features and functions
  • Students will be able to understand and identify wireless LAN hardware and software
  • Students will be able to understand and identify organizational goals as it relates to a wireless network access deployment
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of network design, installation, and management
  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of wireless standards and organization
  • Students will be able to demonstrate and understanding of wireless security and troubleshooting
  • Students will be able to perform a wireless site survey

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