Computer Information Systems - Cybersecurity Associate in Applied Science (Associate in Applied Science, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science

Program Description


Prepares students for a career in the Cybersecurity field. As the world becomes more dependent on information technology, the security of data, information, applications and networks becomes critical. Henry Ford College is a member of the International Cyber Security Education Consortium, and offers an interdisciplinary program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree that emphasizes technical security, ethical conduct, legal and regulatory compliance, law enforcement and development of strategic security plans. Students complete an interdisciplinary core of study and can tailor electives to their career or transfer interest.

In 2016, Henry Ford College became a DHS/NSA recognized Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The Committee on National Security Systems in conjunction with the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) jointly announced Henry Ford College the designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. Students can choose to obtain this recognition through the CIS Cybersecurity AAS degree or the Cybersecurity Certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Operate a personal computer and server operating system with productivity software installed on it, including Microsoft Office, file management, the Internet/Web, e-mail, and input/output/storage devices.
  2. Explain the importance of personal responsibility and security in a technological world, including copyright laws, netiquette, ethics, privacy issues, and security threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures.
  3. Explain and utilize networking standards, protocols, transmission media, hardware, protocol analyzer and cybersecurity tools.
  4. Describe the fundamentals of cybersecurity, threats to business continuity, disaster recovery, legal, ethical predicaments and professional issues relative to security whether it be related to data, information, application, or networks.
  5. Develop a comprehensive security plan, including risk analysis, legal, regulatory, physical security, data and personnel threats.
  6. Explain and utilize digital forensic techniques, procedures and software tools.
  7. Describe the role of various disciplines within cybersecurity in the development of comprehensive security measures, guidelines, procedures, or plans.
  8. Design, create and manipulate with an enterprise database.
  9. Interface with the Unix/Linux operating system, including the vi editor, file management, and shell scripting.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in national, Michigan and Wayne County policies, threats and vulnerabilities of systems, legal elements of protection and prosecution, countermeasures, risk management, trust, organizational personnel.
Career Opportunities
  • Cybersecurity Technician
  • Penetration Tester/Certified Ethical Hacker
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Secure Software Engineering

Program Requirements


Students should consult with an adviser before course selection.

Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2020 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.