IT - Cybersecurity Specialist

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IT - Cybersecurity Specialist

Associate Degree

63 Credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior

Full program available at the New Richmond, Rice Lake, and Superior Campuses

*Only first-year coursework available at the Ashland campus

Career Cluster: Information Technology

Detect. Protect. Defend. In today's connected world, everyone benefits from advanced cyberdefense programs. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks and programs from digital attacks. Students in this program will be immersed in an IT ecosystem and learn how to secure an organization's desktops, servers, networks and applications to support a thriving business. 

Program Overview

The IT-Cybersecurity Specialist program will give students hands-on experience with networking, operation systems, virtualization and security. Students will build a strong IT base as they install and configure Windows and Linux environments and create networks for a business-like environment. Students will study attacks and security practices to protect data as they configure security settings, test and monitoring configurations. Students will be exposed to router, switches, firewalls, wireless, virtual and IPS devices from multiple vendors, along with commercial and open source software. 

Program Outcomes

IT - Cybersecurity Specialist graduates will be able to:

  • Identify security strategies
  • Implement secure infrastructures
  • Conduct secure testing
  • Analyze security data
  • Mitigate risk
  • Develop security documentation

WITC is affiliated with the following industry partners providing students with access to a variety of materials and software: Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft, Palo Alto and VMware. As a member of the Microsoft, Cisco and VMware academies, students in the IT programs receive free access to vendor software and tools. Students may choose to complete certifications, many through the on-campus VUE testing center. Industry certifications students may pursue include: CompTIA+, Network+, Linux+, Security+, PenTest+, CSA+, CISCO: CCNA, CCNA Cyber-Ops, Microsoft Windows, MTA, MCSA, MCSE, VMWare, CEH and CISSP. 

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Free access to industry software.

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Hands-on experience.

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Achieve industry certification. 


Most courses are taught in a learner-centered classroom format in order to access the required equipment, while some courses are available online and Your Choice

You can complete the first year of coursework at the Ashland and Superior campuses; the full program is available at New Richmond and Rice Lake. 

Dual Major

Students in the IT - Cybersecurity Specialist program have the opportunity to dual major with the IT - Systems Administration Specialist program by completing additional coursework. Students can fulfill electives by taking classes from either program. 

Transfer Options

Graduates have the option to transfer coursework to complete a bachelor's degree at UW-Stout, UW-Milwaukee, Lakeland University and other institutions with degree completion programs. 

Industry Partners

WITC is affiliated with the following industry partners providing students with access to a variety of materials and software: Cisco, CompTIA, Microsoft, Palo Alto and VMWare.


WITC incorporates the latest technology into the curriculum. Students will get hands-on experience working with the software and technology that is used by industry professionals. 

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Featured IT - Cybersecurity Specialist Courses

| 3 CR
This course will cover hardware, software, and the physical environment related to IT security. The processes of defense, prevention, detection, and response will be studied. Typical types of attacks will be studied and potential solutions or defenses will be explored. Networking and operating system experience is required along with a code of ethics. This course covers topics related to the CompTIA Security+ exam. PREREQUISITE: 10154103 Linux Operating Systems.
| 3 CR
Cisco CCNA 1 Introduction to Networks (ITN) covers networking architecture, structure, and functions. The course introduces IPv4 and IPv6 addressing structure and design, the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations, the OSI and TCP/IP models and associated protocols to set a strong networking foundation. Wireshark is used to examine protocols on the network. Students configure and troubleshoot routers (IOS), switches and clients for a basic network.
| 2 CR
This course introduces Python for network engineering. It begins with basic programming topics such as variables, lists, decisions, loops and I/O. Using this knowledge the course teaches students how to automate the configuration of networking equipment. This course also introduces the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and how to use Python to program IoT devices.

IT - Cybersecurity Specialist is Part of a Career Pathway

As an IT - Cybersecurity Specialist student at WITC, you can earn credentials each step of the way! 

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This technical diploma is embedded in the IT - Cybersecurity Specialist program.

IT - Network Technician

Technical Diploma
19 Credits / Less than 1 Year; Part-time options available
Potential Careers
Computer Technician, Network Technician
Range of Yearly Salary
$35,357-$43,000, annually
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Associate Degree
63 Credits/2 Years
Potential Careers
Network Administrator, Network Support Specialist, Cyber Security Specialist, Network Security Specialist
Range of Yearly Salary
$47,836-$87,000 - WTCS annually
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Continue your education to obtain a bachelor's degree. 

IT - Cybersecurity Specialist - Transfer Options

UW-Oshkosh | UW-Stout | Franklin University | Lakeland University | Milwaukee School of Engineering

Admissions and Tuition

WITC has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a WITC counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!

Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2020-21*

IT - Cybersecurity Specialist

63 Credits | 2 Years


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the WITC IT - Cybersecurity Specialist Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain an IT - Network Technician technical diploma and an IT - Cybersecurity Specialist associate degree. 

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Transfer Options

Transfer your WITC credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

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Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Shawn Larson

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


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