Launch a technical career in the fast-growing field of cybersecurity with the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Information Security at Northampton Community College. Work toward industry certifications that demonstrate your competency in protecting and defending computer systems and networks, take advantage of flexible study options on our Bethlehem campus or partially online, and prepare to start your career or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a bachelor’s degree.Start Application How to Apply
Gain critical hands-on experience protecting and defending computer systems and networks. Our lab-based courses in topics like LANs, Linux, cybersecurity administration, and ethical hacking prepare you for industry certifications in SEC+, CySA+, CISSP, and CEH. In the cybersecurity associate degree, you will plan, implement and monitor networking and security systems, as well as identify, analyze, and remediate computer security breaches.
Prepare you for the real world: Use industry-standard equipment and software in hands-on projects that have real implications for local businesses and organizations. As you near graduation, NCC’s robust career services can connect you with professional networks and industry-leading employers for internship and employment opportunities.
Convenient online class option: Our partially online option gives you the flexibility to balance your personal and work-related commitments while you are pursuing your information security degree at Northampton Community College.
National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense: The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Northampton Community College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD).
The designation is through academic year 2026. This designation means that NCC holds a recognized position in the cyber defense landscape.
Supportive staff and faculty at NCC: Design a learning plan, including your courses and internship opportunities, alongside our committed faculty, Success Navigators, and academic advising services.
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Work toward a high-earning job in a low-cost 2-year infromation security degree: NCC’s tuition and fees are affordable, including flat-rate tuition for full-time students, and we’re proud to offer one of the most generous financial aid programs among community colleges in Pennsylvania. Given the high demand for lucrative information security roles, you’ll quickly recoup your educational investment and start building toward long-term success.
Craft your future in a broad—and growing!—variety of industries that rely on information security experts. Prepare to work in finance, healthcare, technology, government, e-commerce, and more with NCC’s information security associate degree.
These lucrative roles are in high demand, with 35% job growth projected over the next decade and median annual salaries over $102,000 (Bureau of Labor Statistics). An associate degree in information security will qualify you for many entry-level information security analyst positions—and prepare you to transfer to a 4-year institution, should you choose to pursue further education!
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Create and maintain stable network security systems as a critical asset to organizations in many fields. The flexible learning opportunities within NCC’s CAE-CD–designated Associate in Applied Science in Information Security equip you with hands-on practice, significant industry connections, and an affordable degree.