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Top School in Raleigh for Becoming a Computer Security Professional

Students interested in studying for careers as computer security professionals near the Raleigh, North Carolina, area have few schools to choose from. Read about the top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to determine if it's the right one for you.

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School and Ranking Information

There are only a handful of schools in Raleigh or within 25 miles of the city offering studies in computer and information systems security. These include a couple of 2-year public schools and two for-profit technical institutes. Based on the variety of programs offered, state-of-the-art facilities and educational flexibility, the following school is considered one of the top schools for computer security training:

  • Winner: Wake Technical Community College, a 2-year public institution, is located in Raleigh. It offers a variety of computer security programs, including a diploma in high technology criminal investigations, a Cisco security certificate, a systems security practitioner certificate, a Red Hat security specialist certificate and an Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Security.

School Info Chart

Category Wake Technical Community College
Location Raleigh, NC
School Type 2-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $2,380 (in-state); $8,524 (out-of-state)*
Information System Security Degrees Offered Certificate, Associate
Information System Security Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 16**
Most Popular Information System Security Degree Level in 2013 Associate (11)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 16%**
Noteworthy Multiple computer labs are available

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator

Wake Technical Community College

  • Certificate programs are available in day, evening and online formats
  • Associate's program available in day and evening formats
  • Students are prepared for industry-standard certifications
  • Through the college's Individualized Learning Center, students can get tutoring assistance with various computer concepts, including programming and web development

Wake Technical Community College has a student population of 20,440 with a student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1 according to 2015 data from U.S. News & World Report. The college offers nearly 90 programs of study, including multiple programs related to computer security offered through the college's Computer Technologies Division. Related non-credit continuing education courses are also available.

The certificate program in Cisco security consists of five courses, including firewalls and scalable networks. Similarly, the systems security practitioner certificate program includes only six courses and culminates in a capstone project. The Red Hat security specialist certificate program focuses mainly on Linux/UNIX administration. The high technology criminal investigations diploma program is four semesters in length, and students explore computer crime, security concepts, data recovery and more.

Students in the information systems security associate's program complete coursework in networking technologies, information policy, intrusion detection, and security administration. Elective tracks include Cisco certified network security, Windows security administrator, Red Hat certified security specialist and high technology criminal investigations. General education coursework is also required, and associate degree students are must complete a capstone project.

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