Jun 24, 2024  
Academic Program Manuals 2023-2024 
Academic Program Manuals 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cybersecurity & Systems Administration Program Policies & Procedures

Non-Discrimination Statement

To view the full Non-Discrimination Statement, please visit the College Catalog & Student Handbook or the college website.

Disability Services/Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations for special services should contact the IHCC Disability Services office for assistance. Services are available to students who need classroom accommodations, interpreters and/or specialized equipment.

Students who are requesting accommodations must document their disability by providing a written statement signed by a school counselor, physician, psychologist or other health care professional. Statements must include: (a) a description of the disability, (b) a statement of how the disability prohibits one or more major life activities and is a barrier to the student’s full participation in the program, and (c) a description of the specific accommodations to be provided. (Requested accommodations must be related to the individual’s specific disability.)

All requests for accommodations should be made prior to enrollment.

Students should make their requests for accommodations to the Disability Services office at the time they are applying for admission and, preferably, no later than six weeks prior to the beginning of each academic term. All student requests are dealt with in a confidential manner. Students should contact Disability Services by calling (641) 683-5749 (Ottumwa) or (641) 856-2143, ext. 2214 (Centerville) or by email at [email protected].


Indian Hills Community College is a public post-secondary institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, and (800)621-7440.

Indian Hills Community College is also accredited by the State of Iowa, Iowa Department of Education, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0146, (515)281-8260.

Program Learning Outcomes

The following list of program learning outcomes describes the knowledge and skills the student should be able to demonstrate upon completion of the program.

  • Communicate both in writing and orally with a range of audiences to be able to accomplish a common goal.
  • Install, configure, monitor and secure operating systems, networks, hardware, and storage subsystems both in virtual and physical environments.
  • Research and utilize current techniques, skills, and tools necessary for IT best practices.
  • Design, implement, diagnose and administer local-area and wide-area networks to satisfy organizational goals.
  • Recognize popular social engineering, network based and host based attacks. Understand how to implement remediation strategies for these types of attacks.
  • Setup/configure a basic Windows Server and create technical documentation including network diagrams
  • Demonstrate Linux/Unix server administration.

Lab Rules

  • Lab users should maintain professional and courteous communication. Electronic devices should be used in a professional manner.
  • No obnoxious distractions or behaviors will be tolerated. Bring headphones.
  • Please operate the equipment with respect and care.
  • Excessive use of paper and materials may require college reimbursement
  • For assitstance with hardware problems or college software please contact IHCC Helpdesk
  • College policy requires compliance with all U.S. copyright laws. Copying software without appropriate authorization violates these laws. Illegal use of materials in the labs is grounds for denial of use of the labs and confiscation of illegally used materials.
  • Any failure to follow these lab rules may result in the loss of your lab privileges.

Laptop Requirements

Here are the machine requirements for those students enrolling in the Cyber Security and Systems Administration degree. Students will need to own their own laptop for class use before their second term.

Hardware Minimum Preferred
Processor Core i5  Core i7
Hard Drive Storage 250 GB 240 GB Solid State Drive
Memory 8 GB 16 GB
Network Connectivity Wired (internal or adapter)
and Wireless
Wired (internal or adapter)
and Wireless
Optical Drives   DVD+/-RW (internal or external)
Battery   6 hours
Screen 14 inches  
Warranty   2 or 3 years


The software required for you to initially own is listed in the following table.  Other software for class use will be available from instructions given in class.  Some of the software installed during class is only for educational use and not to be used for profit.

Windows Operating System and other software is available from a student Microsoft account that will be set up for you as a student. Windows 10 or Windows 11
Microsoft Office 365 Software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more) is available for free student use from this site. http://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education
Anti-Virus Latest version


USB Memory storage (minimum of 8 gigabytes) is expected for storing and sharing files. Backup of class work can be done on cloud drives and/or USB Memory storage.

Netbooks are not recommended because they have lower RAM and graphic capabilities.

If you want to use a Mac computer, you should check with your instructors first.  Several programs you will use in classes are only Window based.

If there is a problem with your computer, not all warranties guarantee that you will have a replacement computer for immediate use.  In the past, students have been without a computer for several days while waiting for theirs to be fixed or replaced which caused them to fall behind with assignments.  As a student, you should be prepared with alternative means to complete your computer-based assignments in the event your main computer is out of commission.



  • Cyber Security & Systems Administration Lab Acceptable Use Policy