Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Cyber and Information Security

Preventing and investigating computer crimes.


Be at the forefront of preventing - and investigating - computer hacking and other computer-related crimes

GreatValueColleges.com 2018Minnesota State College Southeast's Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Cyber and Information Security is a unique program incorporating networking, cyber security, forensics, and criminal justice to prepare students for employment in a very high demand profession.

In addition to networking and digital, computer and electronic forensics, students will become familiar with the various components of the criminal justice system. Students will learn how to collect and maintain evidence, use interpersonal communication skills, write effectively, present and testify in court, and liaison with criminal justice agencies.

Whether you are a law enforcement professional seeking expertise in this growing field, or a network administrator working for a company that needs to protect its data, Cyber and Information Security at MSC Southeast can help you gain the skills you need for an exciting new career.

NEWS! Named #1 program nationwide by GreatValueColleges.com in 2018.

Major Offerings

  • Cyber and Information Security (AAS) View Classes
    Online - 60 cr

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Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to manage and secure data on private and corporate networks and devices
  2. Evaluate, identify and implement appropriate security standards and policies
  3. Demonstrate the ability to formulate and use a variety of forensic tools to capture, access, retrieve and store digital information
  4. Understand the numerous components of the criminal justice system
  5. Apply criminal justice methods in response to cyber and information security compromises

Cyber and Information Security Job Placement: TBD

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Career Opportunities

  • Federal, state and county law enforcement agencies
  • Private industry cyber security manager
  • Forensic analysts
  • Cyber security private investigator

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Acquire proactive skills in protecting and securing private and corporate network digital information
  • Learn and understand cyber security breaches and mitigation techniques
  • Understand the criminal justice system and how to effectively communicate with criminal justice agencies
  • Program classes are offered 100% online


  • Steve Rudnik has been in the information technology field since 1994, providing networking services to businesses and schools in southeastern Minnesota. He holds certifications in A+, Network+, Server+, Security+, CAN (Certified Novell Administrator), CCNA (Certified Cisco Network Associate), CCAI (Cisco Certified Academy Instructor) and a certified Citrix Metaframe technician. In addition, Steve has been trained and certified to recognize network security threats and vulnerabilities and implementing counter measures. He has also been trained and certified by a NSA (National Security Agency) approved program for configuring and implementing router, firewall and VPN security for data networks. Currently, Steve is a full-time faculty member at Minnesota State College Southeast’s Network Administration and Technology Department, instructing students on Microsoft, Novell, and Unix/Linux platforms.
  • Greg Cady began teaching at MSC Southeast as an adjunct instructor in 2004, moving to a full-time tenure track position in 2007. Prior to joining the teaching team, he dedicated 18 years in various positions within the criminal justice profession in California and Minnesota. Greg is also a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve with more than 25 years of service. He studied at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Elective Studies Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice.

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