This site is best viewed in Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or EdgeX

A woman sitting at a desk coding.
NECC’s associate in science degree program in computer networking and security will prepare you for success in the rapidly expanding field of networking and security. Learn how to install, configure, and manage the hardware and software used in different networks and explore the skills needed to keep communications, operations, and network infrastructures secure from hacks and breaches.

Why Choose NECC?

NECC provides an affordable way for you to prepare for entry into a hot job market. With this program you will:

  • Understand how to set up a Local Area Network (LAN), Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN), and Wide Area Network (WAN)
  • Learn how to troubleshoot operating systems, create system users and groups, and administer permissions
  • Gain knowledge of firewalls and other security measures for computer networks
  • Understand how to assess network security and organizational risk for data breaches or operational interruptions
  • Learn how to improve security across all aspects of computer operations
  • Gain knowledge of data protection, system backups and recovery
  • Build on your communication and problem-solving skills
  • Benefit from extensive hands-on experience in NECC’s computer labs

Because of NECC

You will be prepared for various types of high-demand careers across multiple industries, including healthcare, education, defense, retail, and government. After completing our networking & security associate degree program you can:

  • Pursue work as a network administrator, network support technician, system administrator and more
  • Pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer and information sciences or a related field


Northern Essex was just as focused as I was in finding a career for me that I would be challenged in, excel at, and enjoy.”

Samantha Romano, Computer & Information Science

Career Paths & Job Market

Helpful Links for Researching Careers

Helpful Links for Researching Careers

Job Search Links

Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for the Computer Networking and Security degree.

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes - Computer and Information Sciences: Networking and Security Associate Degree

Student Learning Outcomes – Computer and Information Sciences: Networking and Security Associate Degree

  • Use pattern recognition and logic to predict, analyze and solve problems
  • Work autonomously and /or in teams to effectively solve information technology concerns.
  • Demonstrate extensive knowledge of cyber security threats and concepts of information security.
  • Design, configure, and implement secure systems with best practices of networking and security

Courses and Requirements



Department Chair

Department Chair

Jason Termini, Department Chair

Lawrence and Haverhill Campus
Office: TC-205/LH305
Phone: 978-556-3874

Faculty Contact Information

Faculty Contact Information

Adrianna Holden-Gouveia

Haverhill Campus
Hartleb Technology Center
Office: TC-205
Phone: 978-556-3884

Michael Penta

Haverhill Campus
Hartleb Technology Center
Office: TC-205
Phone: 978-556-3892

Print View