IT Development and Security

Contact: Brian Gergens, (208) 732-6313,

This program is designed to prepare students for employment in the diverse world of software development and computer security. Students will learn the basics of software development and participate in software development projects. Students will also learn the basics of how to secure an organization’s computer systems, and be exposed to both defensive and offensive security techniques. Students will complete a Technical Skills Assessment to demonstrate program competency

Students must complete the first semester of classes in the program and meet with the program advisor before they will be admitted to the program. Program admissions and major changes will be evaluated by faculty the fourth week of October and March. The first two semesters of the program are the required courses for the Computer Support Technical Certificate and students must complete and apply for that Certificate before enrolling in the IT Development & Security courses.

Gainful Employment data for this program may be found on the department web page:

Upon successful completion of the IT Development and Security program, a student will be able to:

1. Install, maintain and troubleshoot network operating systems and networks.

2. Implement, modify and debug software using industry best practices.

3. Determine risk and implement appropriate security strategies based on current security issues and mitigation techniques.

4. Interpersonal and workforce skills necessary for success in the workplace.

5. Develop the problem-solving and research skills necessary to succeed in an information technology career.

Program Application Required: Yes

Sample Career Opportunities: Computer Systems Analysts; Information Security Analysts;

*Talk to an advisor for additional career choices