Cybersecurity, Certificate of Proficiency

Forest Park

This program 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. 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.

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

To be successful, persons interested in the program should possess a strong foundation in computer hardware/software troubleshooting skills, equivalent to the CompTIA A+ certification.

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: 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. apply current knowledge and skills based on industry standards to design cybersecurity solutions.
  2. participate in the design and development of cybersecurity solutions as a member of a team.
  3. demonstrate proficiency in the use of cybersecurity technologies using hands-on practical projects.
  4. develop a business continuity plan using cybersecurity methodologies.
  5. investigate, recover, document and analyze electronic evidence utilizing current tools and methodology.
  6. develop a client-side browser interface.
  7. employ methodologies for data validation and subsequent responses consistent with secure coding principles.
  8. utilize permissions to control and secure access to files.
  9. configure and activate operating system logging services for auditing purposes.
  10. explain how data is securely moved across the network.
  11. design, install, and configure a secure small business local area network solution.
Program Requirements
MTH 140Intermediate Algebra3
IS 112Software and Hardware Architecture3
IT 100Introduction to Cybersecurity1
IS 139Web Publishing3
IS 153C# Programming I4
or IS 187 Java Programming I
IS 225Database Management4
IS 229Unix/Linux I3
IS 237Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security - CompTIA Security+ 3
IS 265Web Scripting Technologies3
IT 101Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks5
IT 120Enterprise Security Management3
IT 121Secure E-Commerce3
or IS 264 Unix/Linux II
IT 212Ethical Hacking3
IT 214Systems Security Engineering3
IT 216Digital Forensics3
Total Credit Hours47

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Fall 2021, 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
4Reading Proficiency
MTH 140 Intermediate Algebra3MTH 030 or MTH 040 or MTH 050 with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test and Reading Proficiency
IS 139 Web Publishing3Reading Proficiency
IS 229 Unix/Linux I3Reading Proficiency
IT 100 Introduction to Cybersecurity1Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours14
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 237 Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security - CompTIA Security+3IT 102 or IS 229 and Reading Proficiency
IS 265 Web Scripting Technologies3IS 139 and Reading Proficiency
IS 264 Unix/Linux II
or Secure E-Commerce
3IS 229 and Reading ProficiencyIS 264 offered Fall and Spring; IT 121 offered Summer only
IT 101 Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks5Reading Proficiency
Credit Hours14
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 112 Software and Hardware Architecture3MTH 160 or MTH 180 (can be taken concurrently), and Reading ProficiencySummer online delivery only
Credit Hours3
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 225 Database Management4Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall and Spring
IT 212 Ethical Hacking3IS 229, IS 237, and Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall only
IT 214 Systems Security Engineering3IS 237 and Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall Only
Credit Hours10
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IT 120 Enterprise Security Management3IS 237 and Reading ProficiencyOffered Spring only
IT 216 Digital Forensics3IS 229, IS 237 and Reading ProficiencyOffered Spring only
Credit Hours6
Total Credit Hours47

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**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.