Prepare for CompTIA Security+ certification

The Certificate of Proficiency in Cybersecurity prepares students to become cybersecurity professionals and provides the technical skills required to secure information, manage and mitigate risk and test and defend against network vulnerabilities.

Graduates will be prepared to sit for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. Exam preparation materials and practice exams are part of the curriculum. The certificate also addresses all eight of the CISSP® exam domains and provides a solid foundation for students interested in the additional preparation required for CISSP® certification.

The Certificate in Cybersecurity is also:

  • Offered entirely online or through a mix of online and on campus courses
  • Available in a competency-based format
  • Ideal for IT professionals and those with non-technical backgrounds interested in entering the cybersecurity field
  • Fits seamlessly into the BS in Information Technology

Curriculum for Certificate in Cybersecurity

Certificate of Proficiency in Cybersecurity – Minimum Total Credits: 19

PRCPRC 100 or PRC 101*1
ITN 144 Introduction to Network Security3
ISC 310Information Security and Risk Management3
ISC 325Access Control, Security Assessment, and Security in the Software Development Lifecycle3
ISC 410Asset Security and Security Engineering3
ISC 425Network Security and Security Operations3
ITN 405Ethical Hacking3

*Students who place into developmental education courses and/or who have completed fewer than 15 credits are required to enroll in the Student Success Seminar, PRC 100.

To enroll in this certificate program, students must be eligible for placement in college-level English. In addition, students are encouraged to complete ENG 101 and ENG 103 to support their learning experience. Students without foundational knowledge or experience in information technology may benefit from taking additional IT courses.


Graduates of the Certificate in Cybersecurity will be able to:

  1. Assess an organization’s information security needs.
  2. Evaluate an organization’s networks and system security and identify vulnerabilities.
  3. Plan, implement, and monitor security measures to protect an organization’s networks and systems.
  4. Design and assess cybersecurity policies and practices.
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