Network Security Associate

This certificate provides students with entry-level skills for a profession in network security.  Managing networks security includes preserving information confidentiality, availability, and integrity.  Network security professionals are tasked with performing network risk assessment, implementing safeguards that protect data and system integrity, implementing and maintaining system authentication systems and perimeter protection systems.  This program prepares graduates to become employed as network security technicians, network firewall technicians, VPN administrators and remote security communication support specialists.  This certificate prepares students to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exams.



First-Time Enrollees

  • Complete an application for admission and, if desired, apply for financial aid.
  • Send an official high school transcript or GED score report to the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Complete the placement exam.
  • Meet with an advisor/counselor to select classes and complete the registration process.


Computer Information Systems Course Completion Requirement

For credit toward degree requirements, all ICT courses must have been completed during the five school years preceding conference of the degree or must have the approval of the Dean of Career, Technical, and Health Education Programs or Program Coordinator.

*NOTE: The Network Security Associate certificate is conferred upon successful completion of the required 44 hours. This certificate is stackable which means students also earn the Computer Support Associate certificate, the Computer Technician certificate, and the CISCO Network Security Associate certificate by completing the required 44 hours. In addition, the Network Security Associate certificate is the first three semesters the Cyber Security Specialist certificate.

Student Organizations

Sandburg Tech Squad

The Sandburg Tech Squad mission is to actively participate and promote knowledge and skills within the information communication technology field throughout our club activities. Members work to become leaders and set examples for the community as professionals in valuing our lifelong learning process while helping and providing services to the whole campus community.

Advisor: Dr. Suvineetha Herath 309.341.5269 or