Information Security Analyst

Program Type: Face-to-Face, Fully Online
Program Level: Degrees, Certificates, Online
Department: Computer Science, Technology & Business
Institute: Science & Technology
College: NVC

These programs will prepare you for jobs in the field of information technology, including those related to cybersecurity, networking, and other computer support positions. 

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Available Courses:

Course Descriptions

ITCC 1414 - CCNA 1: Introduction to Networks (CISCO Academy)

ITCC 1444 - CCNA 2: Switching, Routing and Switching Essentials (CISCO Academy)

ITNW 1308 - Implementing and Supporting Client Operating Systems

ITCC 2420 - CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation (CISCO Academy)

ITNW 2327 - Advanced Cloud Concepts (Palo Alto Networks Fundamentals of Cloud Security)

ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation and Configuration

Select 1 Social and Behavioral Sciences (80) Core

Select 1 Additional Communication (90) Core

ITSC 1316 - Linux Installation and Configuration

ITSY 1300 – Fundamentals of Information Security

ITNW 2473 - Amazon Cloud Foundation (AWS)

ITSC 2325 - Advanced Linux

ENGL 1301 - Composition I

ITSY 2443 - Computer System Forensics

Select 1 Life and Physical Sciences (30) Core or Mathematics (20) Core

ITNW 2474 – Amazon Cloud Developer (AWS)

ITNW 2475 – Amazon Cloud Computing Architecture (AWS)

ITCC 2420 - CCNA 3: Enterprise Networking Security and Automation

ITSY 2430 - Intrusion Detection

Select 1 Language, Philosophy & Culture (40) Core or Creative Arts (50) Core

ITSY 2442 - Incident Response and Handling

ITCC 2343 - Network Security

ITSY 2286 - Internship - Computer and Information Systems Security

Northwest Vista College has academy partnerships with the following industry leaders:

  1. Cisco Networking Academy
  2. Microsoft & CompTIA
  3. Amazon Web Services Academy (AWS)
  4. Palo Alto Networks
Do I need any experience to pursue my Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Security at Northwest Vista College?

Our Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Security starts from the ground up, and requires no prior security experience. Students are expected to have basic computer skills, access to the Internet, and access to either a Windows or UNIX-based PC (Mac/Linux). 

What is Information Security and Assurance?

Information security is the process of protecting and defending information systems to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data to authorized users. Information assurance is a broader term that encompasses information security activities in addition to strategic and corporate governance issues including privacy, regulatory and standards compliance, physical security, risk management, business continuity, and disaster recovery. 

Job Outlook

Students earning this degree will be prepared to pursue information technology and networking careers in a variety of industries, including healthcare, financial services, cloud computing, education, entertainment, and more. With an emphasis on practical experience, students learn the basics of routing, switching, wireless, troubleshooting, and other advanced technologies to prepare for the globally-recognized Cisco CCNA® certification, Palo Alto Networks Firewall Configuration, continued education, and for entry-level career opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects much faster than average growth and excellent job prospects for Network Administrators.

Occupational profiles indicate a 24% growth for Network and Computer Systems Administrators by the year 2022 in the Alamo Region. Estimated average hourly wage is *$35.49 in the Alamo Region. (Source: SOCRATES-Occupational Profiles-Alamo Region) *Note: Variations should be expected.

Careers Available:

The following titles are examples of careers associated with both the Network Administrator and Information Security Analyst programs but not limited to:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Installer
  • Network Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Data Security
  • Computer Security
  • Information Security Officer Specialist

Alamo Colleges Ready to Work Program

Connecting you with training programs at the Alamo Colleges – and beyond.

One or more of these programs are approved Ready to Work programs. Find out if you’re eligible to receive free tuition and job placement services that will enable you to secure an in-demand career.

The CHW certification and AAS in Community Health is approved by Ready to Work. Academic credit courses and accelerated Continuing Education (CE) course leading to certification and AAS are available.

Academic students interested in SARTW funding their CHW education should contact Sandra Lopez, Coordinator of Student Success.


Phone: 210-485-0302

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Useful Links

Network Administrator

What is Linux?

Cisco Academy

Microsoft Academy


Information Security & Assurance

TechTarget SearchSecurity offers a variety of resources including Information Assurance and Security news, tutorials, advice, whitepapers, editorials, and certification information: 

SANS is widely regarded as the industry’s most trusted source for computer security training, certification and research: 

FIRST is the premier organization and recognized global leader in incident response: 

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities: 

National Institute of Justice (Office of Justice Programs): Electronic Crime Scene Investigation: A Guide for First Responders


About the Program Coordinator:
Matthew Burch

Teaching Philosophy
Matthew’s teaching philosophy emphasizes hands-on learning and mentoring. Information technology learning can be intimidating for many new students and having an experienced instructor to guide them often makes the difference. By forming partnerships with leading information technology providers such as Cisco, AWS, Comptia, Microsoft, and Palo Alto, we are able to align our program with the latest industry developments. Hands-on labs and certification exam preparation is incorporated into our courses to help ensure our students receive training on the concepts and skills that are most relevant to potential employers.

Associate of Applied Science – Computer Information Systems
St. Philips College 1992

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education - Computer Information Systems
Wayland Baptist University 1995

Master of Science – Cybersecurity
Western Governors University – currently enrolled

Northwest Vista College
Matthew began his teaching career as an adjunct professor at St. Philip’s College in 1995 teaching network engineering classes. In 2005, Matthew began teaching Cisco Academy, AWS Academy and cybersecurity courses at NVC as an adjunct instructor and became a full-time professor and Cybersecurity Program Coordinator for the college in 2023. Matthew holds several teaching certifications including Cisco Academy Authorized Instructor, AWS Academy Certified Educator, and AWS Authorized Instructor. Matthew’s professional career also spans several decades as a server administrator, network engineer, cloud architect, and information technology manager. His professional certifications include CISSP, CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure #35240, CCIE Service Provider #35240, Cisco Certified Design Specialist, AWS Solutions Architect Professional, AWS Cloud Developer Associate, and Python Institute - PCEP.


Faculty and Staff


Dr. Bobby Yeater

Dr. John Grillo

Matthew Burch


Teresa Dimas

Adrienne Partida

Emily Coppin