Network Security, Certificate of Proficiency

Forest Park

The Certificate of Proficiency in Network Security is a skill-oriented program that prepares students to implement and monitor security measures of a network. The program emphasizes core security technologies, installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality, availability of data, and devices as well as competency in the technologies. The skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats are covered. Emphasis is placed on best practices and skills needed to respond to security events and to ensure security operational readiness. The tasks, duties, and responsibilities of an associate-level Security Analyst working in a Security Operations Center (SOC) are also covered. Program competencies align with the industry CCNA Security, CCNA Cybersecurity Operations (CyberOps), and CompTIA Security+ certification examinations.

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 network security solutions.
  2. develop network security solutions following best practices as a member of a team.
  3. demonstrate proficiency in use of network security technologies and methodologies through successful performance on course final exams based on industry certification exam competencies.
  4. configure an installed workstation operating system for IPv4 and IPv6 and other network security settings, network adapters, and appropriate firewall.
  5. demonstrate proficiency in use of network security technologies and methodologies to protect an organization’s information from threats by detecting and responding to security incidents.
Program Requirements
IS 229Unix/Linux I3
IS 237Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security - CompTIA Security+ 3
IT 101Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks5
IT 201Cisco Networking Academy II: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials5
IT 208Cisco Networking Academy: CCNA Security5
IT 250Cisco Networking Academy: CCCA Cybersecurity Operations5
Total Credit Hours26

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
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 229 Unix/Linux I3Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall, Spring, Summer
IT 101 Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks5Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall, Spring, Summer; First 8 Weeks
IT 201 Cisco Networking Academy II: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials5IT 101 with a minimum grade of "C", and Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall and Spring; Second 8 weeks
Credit Hours13
Summer Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 237 Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security - CompTIA Security+3IT 102 or IS 229 and Reading ProficiencyOffered Fall, Spring, Summer
IT 250 Cisco Networking Academy: CCCA Cybersecurity Operations5IT 101 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading ProficiencyOffered Summer only
IT 208 Cisco Networking Academy: CCNA Security5IT 201 with a minimum grade of "C" or a Cisco CCENT or CCNA certification and Reading ProficiencyOffered Summer Only
Credit Hours13
Total Credit Hours26

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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.