Cybersecurity, Certificate of Proficiency

Cybersecurity, Certificate of Proficiency

Forest Park

The Cybersecurity Certificate of Proficiency provides the foundation courses to prepare IT students to apply for entry level information assurance/security technician/practitioners positions that support planning, implementing, upgrading, and monitoring security measures for the protection of computer networks and information systems. Students, through in-depth theory and extensive hands-on activities, will develop skills to ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure, and will develop skills to respond to computer security breaches and viruses. This program includes instruction in computer architecture, programming, and systems analysis; networking; cryptography; security system design; applicable law and regulations; risk assessment and policy analysis; contingency planning; user access issues; investigation techniques; and troubleshooting.

Employers prefer cybersecurity workers who have a college degree. The Cybersecurity Certificate of Proficiency is recommended for those that already possess an AAS or higher college degree in any area and wish to obtain the cybersecurity skills. The Cybersecurity AAS is recommended for those who do not yet possess a college degree. Persons interested in the program should possess a strong foundation in computer hardware/software troubleshooting skills, equivalent to the CompTIA A+ certification.

Pre-employment background screening is required for any candidate seeking employment in the cybersecurity field.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. design cybersecurity solutions with current industry standards.
  2. communicate as a team to design and develop cybersecurity technologies.
  3. use cybersecurity methodologies to develop a business continuity plan.
  4. use current digital forensics tools.
  5. employ methodologies for data validation and subsequent responses consistent with secure coding principles.
  6. use permissions to control and secure access to files.
  7. employ operating system logging services for auditing purposes.
  8. explain how to secure data as it is traveling across the network.
  9. use networking tools.
  10. explain effective business continuity plans.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on the STLCC website.

Program Requirements
IT 100Introduction to Cybersecurity1
IS 153C# Programming I4
or IS 187 Java Programming I
or IS 166 C# and Java Programming I
IS 165Computer Applications-Microsoft Project1
IS 225Database Management4
IS 280Python3
IS 229Unix/Linux I3
IS 237Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security - CompTIA Security+3
IT 234Principles of Incident Response and Disaster Recovery3
IT 101Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks5
IT 120Enterprise Security Management3
IT 121Secure E-Commerce3
IS 264Unix/Linux II3
IT 212Ethical Hacking3
IT 214Systems Security Engineering3
IT 216Digital Forensics3
Total Credit Hours45

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Spring 2023, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 153 C# Programming I
or Java Programming I
or C# and Java Programming I
4Reading Proficiency
IS 229 Unix/Linux I3Reading Proficiency
IT 100 Introduction to Cybersecurity1Reading Proficiency
IS 165 Computer Applications-Microsoft Project1Reading ProficiencyOffered Online Only
IS 280 Python3Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours12
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 237 Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security - CompTIA Security+3IT 102 or IS 229 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
IT 101 Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks5Reading Proficiency
IS 225 Database Management4Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours12
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 264 Unix/Linux II3IS 229 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall and Spring
IT 212 Ethical Hacking3IS 229 and IS 237 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading ProficiencyOffered in Fall only
IT 214 Systems Security Engineering3IS 237 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered in Fall only
IT 234 Principles of Incident Response and Disaster Recovery3IS 237 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered in Fall only
Credit Hours12
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IT 216 Digital Forensics3IS 229 and IS 237 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered in Spring only
IT 120 Enterprise Security Management3IS 237 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered in Spring only
IT 121 Secure E-Commerce3IS 229 and IS 237, both with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered in Spring only
Credit Hours9
Total Credit Hours45

*Click on the hyperlinked course number to view additional information about the course.

**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor. 

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Spring 2023, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 153 C# Programming I
or Java Programming I
or C# and Java Programming I
4Reading Proficiency
IS 229 Unix/Linux I3Reading Proficiency
IT 100 Introduction to Cybersecurity1Reading Proficiency
IS 165 Computer Applications-Microsoft Project1Reading ProficiencyOffered Online Only
Credit Hours9
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 237 Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security - CompTIA Security+3IT 102 or IS 229 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency
IT 101 Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks5Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours8
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 264 Unix/Linux II3IS 229 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall and Spring
IT 212 Ethical Hacking3IS 229 and IS 237 with minimum grades of "C", and Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall Only
IT 214 Systems Security Engineering3IS 237 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall Only
Credit Hours9
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IT 216 Digital Forensics3IS 229 and IS 237 with minimum grades of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered Spring Only
IT 120 Enterprise Security Management3IS 237 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered Spring Only
IT 121 Secure E-Commerce3IS 229 and IS 237, both with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered Spring Only
Credit Hours9
Third Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IT 234 Principles of Incident Response and Disaster Recovery3IS 237 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall Only
IS 280 Python3Reading Proficiency
IS 225 Database Management4Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours10
Total Credit Hours45

*Click on the hyperlinked course number to view additional information about the course.

**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.