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Associates in Network Security and Computer Forensics

Securing and protecting a company's information resources is fast becoming a very important area of information technology.

At PTC you will build on core IT courses then specialize in learning security practices and intrusion protection. The PTC program teaches systems implementation as well as steps to detect security challenges. PTC students get in-field, hands-on training with industry professionals to further sharpen their skills.

Key Benefits

  • At PTC you will learn the latest software and technology that can prepare you for a career in the IT field.
  • The PTC program includes an internship where you will learn from industry professionals key aspects of real world information technology.
  • PTC begins with a series of courses that are essential in Information Technology. Then you may select either Network Security and Computer Forensics or
  • Network Administration to continue on with your chosen field of study.
  • The program is designed to prepare you beyond the entry-level IT field with courseware and content that industry is looking for.
  • PTC has an Advisory Board of professionals in the IT field that keeps our programs relevant and opens doors into the professional community for our students.

More information about Associates in Network Security and Computer Forensics below

PTC is proud to have a 100% employed in field rate for our 2013 graduates with an Information Technology Degree with a concentration in Network Security and Computer Forensics.

PTC Network Security and Computer Forensics graduates are prepared for entry-level positions at:

  • Airlines
  • Banks
  • Chemical Companies
  • Consulting Companies
  • Contractors
  • Government Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Internet Companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Retail Chains
  • Utilities

In the PTC Network Security and Computer Forensics program you will learn key skills such as:

  • Computer crime date recovery and analysis
  • Computer security systems and device implementation
  • Evidence collection and computer crime investigation
  • Information system security practices, design and implementation
  • Network intrusion detection and defense architectures
  • Certifications are available for select courses and students are encouraged to complete several professional certifications while enrolled at PTC that will be paid for 100% if successfully passed.
  • Students who are interested in Network Security and Computer Forensics must meet with their Department Chair to discuss entry into the program and pass the required background check.


Digital Forensics
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the Computer Forensics field of study. Topics covered in this course will assist the student with the proper collection, analyzing and storage of digital evidence. Students will also learn the process of completing a computer investigation using various computer forensic utilities and software applications throughout the course. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Network Security and Computer Forensics concentration or Academic Chair approval.
Regulatory Compliance
This course is designed to provide the student with the concepts of specific legislation regarding Information Technology. The emphasis will focus on HIPAA, Sarbanes Oxley, Privacy Act of 1974 and the Buckley Amendment. Prerequisite ITS273.
Information Security 2
This course is designed to increase the depth of knowledge and skills of the Network Security and Computer Forensics student charged with administering and securing information systems and networks. The student will learn host system hardening, system availability monitoring, network access control and applied encryption technologies, intrusion detection systems, as well as logging, forensics, and incident analysis and response techniques. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Network Security and Computer Forensics Concentration or Academic Chair approval and successfully passing ITS273 with a minimum 'C' grade.
Information Systems Auditing
This course introduces the concepts of Information Systems audits and controls based on related standards, guidelines and best practices. Instruction in policy review will enable students to apply appropriate controls to enterprise governance, ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. Students will learn business continuity and disaster recovery planning techniques. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Network Security and Computer Forensics Concentration or the Academic Chair approval, and successfully passing ITS273 with a minimum 'C' grade.
Ethical Hacking
This course is designed to provide the student with the terminology and acceptable practices associated with ethical hacking techniques. Students will learn the role and skills sets required to become an ethical hacker for the purpose of vulnerability research. Additionally, students will become familiar with the legal implications of hacking and the specific law(s) pertaining to this practice. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Network Security and Computer Forensics Concentration or the Academic Chair approval; Students must sign a Code of Ethics to participate in this class, and successfully pass ITS273 with a minimum 'C' grade.


Steps to Career Success 1
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 2
The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the nuances of industry. Topics will include industry related organizations, social networking, employer expectations and other professional skills. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
Steps to Career Success 3
The purpose of this course is to apply professional skills and become actively involved in industry related activities. The course offering will vary by quarter depending on the program offered, one hour per week.
Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment. This internship requires 240 hours work experience.
Introduction to Information Technology
This course provides an introduction to the role and function of computers in business. Topics include the impact of computers on society, ethical issues, application/system software, external/internal hardware, and the Internet.
Desktop Operating Systems
This course introduces students to a variety of computer operating systems. The course focuses on the installation of operating systems, major components of each of these systems, resource and memory management, and basic operations. Students gain an understanding of each operating system's advantages, differences, and requirements.
Hardware Technology 1
This course is designed to provide the comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary to install, maintain, upgrade, and repair computer hardware and software on PC workstations and networked systems. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to build and configure microcomputer systems, diagnose system hardware or software problems and perform actions necessary to make corrections. Prerequisite: ITA103.
Networking 1
This course provides the student with the fundamentals of networking concepts and techniques. Topics covered include the theoretical models of networking, topologies, protocols, network design, layout, network implementation and troubleshooting.
Networking 2
This course is designed to have the student focus on servicing and supporting CISCO routers and switches. Upon completion, student will possess the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to configure, maintain and troubleshoot routers, routing and routing protocols on networks. Prerequisites: ITA142 and 126.
Network Operating Systems 1
This course introduces a variety of network operating systems. The student gains an understanding of the basic functions of network administration, configuration, installation, network devices and cabling. Prerequisites: ITA112 and ITA126.
Database Development
This course presents full coverage of planning, creating, and manipulating records using database computer software. Topics include managing, arranging, and searching for data of existing databases using database software to create reports, labels and letters, and linking databases. Prerequisite: ITA103.
Network Operating Systems 2
This course provides the foundation for installing and supporting current versions of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems used in a network environment. The goal of the course is to provide the necessary skills to install, configure, troubleshoot and support desktop and server versions of these operating systems. Prerequisite: ITA142.
Network Operating Systems 3
This course is designed as a hands-on, complete overview of the many aspects of the Linux operating systems. Students will gain knowledge in such areas as basic commands, system commands, shells, editors, the Graphical User Interface, user management and administration. Prerequisite: ITA195.
Server Applications
This course introduces the student to common applications found on most modern networks, ranging from mail servers to database and back-up servers. The course focuses on major functions of these applications and prepares the student to provide the necessary entry-level support. Prerequisite: ITA195.
Information Security 1
This introductory course is designed to provide students with fundamental concepts of Network Security. Student will be introduced to terms and techniques related to providing confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.


English Composition 1
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam; otherwise, students must have concurrent success with GEE099 and GEE100 before proceeding on to GEE150.
English Composition 2
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students' evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings. Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the writing proficiency exam or GEE100.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
Principles of Mathematics
This general studies course involves a review of the principles of mathematics. Topics to be discussed include whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, measurement (both English and Metric systems), and an introduction to Algebra. For programs that require additional mathematics classes, students must earn a 'C' or better grade in this course to advance to the next required math course.
Personal Finance**
This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
Critical Thinking
In today's information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Human Relations in Organizations
This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.
Leadership Principles**
Students will understand the concepts of leadership and supervisory roles, planning, decision-making, performance management, strategic management, team building, group and organizational dynamics, and functions in an organization. This class teaches how to be an effective leader in a dynamic, diverse, and continuously evolving business environment. Concepts of goal-setting, motivation, time management, and other interpersonal skills are taught. Students will become familiar with successful leadership practices through case studies and research practices.

**This course can be replaced by another approved General Education course.

PTC offers a comprehensive Career Services Department with a dedicated staff who will assist you in your career search. Companies that have previously hired PTC graduates include:

  • II-VI Incorporated
  • Chatham University
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Dollar Bank
  • Heartland Homes
  • McKesson Automation
  • NetServe 365
  • ServeNet Technologies
  • UPMC Data Communications

*Some employers may require a background check and drug screening prior to employment.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, please click the link(s) below:

United States Department of Education Gainful Employment Data

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