IA Student Development

(2.a.) IA Degree Program/Concentrations

Jackson State Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS) with five concentrations, Cisco CCNA, Information Assurance, Network Administration, Software Developer and PC Support and Help Desk. For details, see this web site http://www.jscc.edu/computer-information-systems.

The CIS AAS degree program requires 60 semester hours of coursework, which include 15 hours of general education, 30 hours of CIS core courses and 15 hours in the concentration area. The CIS Information Assurance Concentration includes four specific cyber security and digital forensics courses and one three - hour elective requirement. The CIS Core includes one additional cyber security course, Network Security, which is required for all CIS graduates. Here are the course descriptions for the four IA courses required for the IA concentration, including the Network Security Description:

Digital Forensics (CIS 251) - This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of computer forensics and investigations. This course will introduce students to computing investigations by preparing them to acquire and examine digital evidence. This course will support one of the components required for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification.

Enterprise Security Management (CIS 259) - This course is designed to cover the managerial aspects of computer security and risk management for enterprises. The student will attain knowledge for accreditation, procurement, extension and operation principles for secure computing systems.

Network Security (CIS 250) - This course is designed to give students a fundamental understanding of computer and network security. It will introduce students to a wide variety of concepts related to computer security. This course will help prepare the student for the CompTIA Security + Certification.

Principles of Information Assurance (CIS 156) - This course is designed to introduce students to information security principles. Topics covered in the course will include the need for security, risk management, security technology, cryptography, and physical security. Security policies and legal/ethical issues will also be covered.

Secure E - Commerce (CIS 257) - This course is designed to focus on the study of secure electronic commerce. Topics covered will include designing for security, security policies, biometrics, encryption, digital signatures, and public key infrastructure.

IA Elective Courses

Advanced Digital Forensics (CIS 272) - This course will guide students through the process of conducting a high - tech digital forensics investigation. It will include acquiring and analyzing digital evidence and reporting findings, mastering advanced techniques in password recovery, registry analysis, and evidence filtering. This course covers the objectives for students wishing to sit for the AccessData Certified Examiner Certification (ACE).

Automation and Control Device Security (Waiting for Final Approval) – This course will focus on automation and industrial control device security and its impact on national critical infrastructures such as energy, water, nuclear, chemical, dams, transportation and critical manufacturing. The course will address the threats and vulnerabilities as well as the defense against potential cyber - attacks directed at these critical infrastructures. The course will cover TCP/IP security fundamentals as it applies to industrial control devices connected to computer networks in addition to programmable logic controllers and SCADA systems.

Mobile Device Security/Forensics (Waiting for Final Approval) – This course will focus on mobile device security and forensics. The course will address the cyber security threats and vulnerabilities to mobile devices, such as smart phones and digital tablets. The course will also cover cyber defense mechanisms to protect mobile devices and present tools that can be used to uncover digital evidence in the case of security breaches.

Many of Jackson State Community College’s CIS Program courses follow the objectives of industry recognized certifications.


CNSS Certifications

(2.b.) Articulation and Transfer Agreements with Universities:

Recently, Tennessee passed the Complete College Tennessee Act (CCTA). This is a comprehensive reform that seeks to transform public higher education through changes in academic, fiscal and administrative policies at the state and institutional level. A complete description of the CCTA can be found at http://www.tn.gov/thec/complete_college_tn/ccta_summary.html. One of the major areas of focus is articulation and transfer. The CCTA mandates articulation between Tennessee’s public community colleges and the state’s public universities. This effectively eliminates the need for individual articulation agreements between each community college and university. Basically, the site referenced above serves as the articulation agreement.

There is another site, http://www.tntransferpathway.org/, specifically for students that outlines what courses are required and what courses will transfer from one institution to another. A student can simply follow the links by selecting what major they are seeking and then the site will identify colleges that offer the specific degree pathway. The student would then select the college of choice, which would then display a checklist for the requirements for that degree. Please note in the list of colleges below that are part of the CCTA, that two of the colleges, University of Memphis and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, are CAEs. The University of Memphis is also a CAE - R. Both universities offer articulation opportunities through the CCTA for Jackson State graduates.

The University of Memphis is a good transfer option for learners who complete the Computer Information System program, Information Assurance Concentration, at Jackson State Community College. The University of Memphis is a CAE/IAE and CAE - R and they offer several paths for the transfer student. These include a Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance from the Department of Computer Science and a Graduate Certificate in Business Information Assurance from the Department of Management Information Systems (See letter from University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance).

Another option is for a JSCC student to transfer into the University of Memphis’ University College, which is a design - your - own - degree program leading to a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree (http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/). This program works very well for students who complete an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree because all 60 semester hours of credit can be transferred from the community college. Therefore, the student would only need to complete an additional 60 hours to complete their degree. This is in contrast to a student who takes a more traditional route would not be able to transfer many of the AAS courses and would have to spend extra time completing general education requirements before taking the major course requirements at the junior and senior level. Students in the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program will still need to take the required general education courses, but these courses would count toward the 60 hours needed to complete the degree. In effect, the student will be able to complete a bachelor degree faster under this option if they choose the AAS route rather than the AS path.

The major benefit of the University of Memphis Bachelor of Professional Studies degree for the JSCC CIS AAS graduates is that it provides a shorter path to the Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance Program (http://www.memphis.edu/gradcatalog/degreeprog/cas/comp.php) or Graduate Certificate Program in Business Information Assurance (http://www.memphis.edu/gradcatalog/degreeprog/fcbe/mis.php).

Colleges and universities that fall under the Complete College Tennessee Act:

The following Tennessee Technology Centers also fall under the Complete College Tennessee Act:

(2.c.) Articulation Agreements with High Schools

Jackson State Community College has several articulation agreements with high schools in its fourteen county service area. These agreements come in the form of Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment options, which are defined as follows:

Dual Credit is defined as a postsecondary course that is taught at the high school by high school faculty for high school credit; with the students able to receive postsecondary credit by successfully completing the course plus passing the assessments required by the postsecondary institutions.

Dual Enrollment is defined as a postsecondary course taught either at the postsecondary institution or at the high school by the postsecondary faculty (may be adjunct) which upon successful completion of the course allows students to earn postsecondary and secondary credit. The student must meet dual enrollment eligibility under TBR policy.

The Perkins IV Career and Technical Education Agreement between Jackson State Community College and Participating Service Area High Schools outline the details of these agreements. Also, Jackson State has a signed written agreement between each of the participating high schools.

Sample copies of signed agreements from high schools along with a copy of the blank form:

The courses typically articulated to Jackson State include general education courses such as English Composition, Pre - Calculus, America History, etc. In Addition, many career technical courses that lead to information technology industry standard certifications like CompTIA’s A+ and Network+ and Cisco CCNA are covered under the Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment agreements. Jackson State Averages between 600–650 dual enrollment students each semester.

High Schools that currently have Dual Enrollment Agreements with Jackson State include the following:

High Schools that currently have Dual Credit Agreements with Jackson State:

Jackson State Community College also articulates credit for students who graduate under the Tennessee Technology Center (TTC) diploma program. TTCs are post - secondary schools that offer workforce development certificates and diplomas. Under the agreement, TTC graduates can be awarded up to 30 semester hours of credit toward an associates degree at Jackson State depending on the program of study.

TTCs in the Jackson State Community College service area include:

The Jackson State Computer Information Systems Program faculty play a very important role at many of the high schools and Tennessee Technology Centers as members on their advisory boards. The faculty have also sponsored cyber security seminars and workshops for both high schools and technology center faculty. For the past four years Jackson State Community College has hosted the annual Tennessee State Cisco Faculty Development Meeting. Half of the day - long meeting has been dedicated to cyber security awareness. In the July of 2010, Jackson State Professor Dr. Thomas L. Pigg, partnered with the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) to teach a Cisco CCNA Security Train - the - Trainer workshop. Faculty from Tennessee high schools and community colleges attended the three - day in person and two - day online training workshop. In June of 2010, Jackson State hosted a two - day seminar on Information Assurance Awareness and Cyber Security Network Protection Techniques. This event was attended by high school faculty and their students.

(2.d.) Cybersecurity and IA Competitions

Jackson State Community College students enrolled in the Cisco CCNA Concentration have participated in the Cisco NetRiders competition. Jackson State is currently considering applying for Blackhat and Defcon competitions beginning in the Fall 2012.

(2.e.) Hands - on or Lab Training Courses

All classes taught in the Computer Information Systems Cyber Security/Information Assurance Concentration utilize "Hands - on" and lab training. Jackson State has recently developed and implemented a new virtualization infrastructure that has added remote access to lab exercises that provide students more flexibility. This also allows more time during on - ground class time to demonstrate cyber defense techniques and conduct more in - depth discussion on the subject. In the long run students end up spending more time on the hands - on activities because they do not have to spend extra time on campus to complete the labs. (See the JSCC College Catalog for descriptions of the courses listed below).

The following IA courses utilize "Hands - on" labs:

Other CIS courses that utilize “Hands-on” labs: