Cyber Security Specialist

Sandburg offers a Cyber Security Specialist stackable certificate that compliments our other Information and Computer Technology programs. This certificate is designed to provide a foundation to develop skilled cybersecurity workers to protect the nation's most critical infrastructure. Students will gain the opportunity to learn the fundamental theory of the discipline in addition to hands-on experiences through the latest cutting-edge technologies in the field. Students will gain the knowledge and training in the implementation and management of security measures needed to safeguard computer resources from unauthorized access or attack at all levels of society.  Students who complete the program will be able to inspect cyber threats and vulnerabilities of an organization's information systems to help manage cyber operations.

Students completing this degree are also prepared to take industry-endorsed and vendor-specific certifications such as CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), and a wide range of other professional certifications in the field.

 

Pathways to other programs

This certificate is the fourth semester of our stackable Information & Communication Technology certificates. This certificate is conferred upon successful completion of the required 60 hours. This certificate is stackable, which means students earn the Computer Support Associate certificate, the Computer Technician certificate, the Network Security Associate certificate, and the CISCO Network Security Associate certificate by completing the first 44 hours of this certificate. 

1) Computer Support Associate

2) Computer Technician

3) Network Security Associate

4) Cyber Security Specialist

5) Cisco Network Associate

 

Admissions Requirements

Cyber Security Specialist is an open enrollment program, meaning there is no criteria students must meet to be admitted. Students who are interested in enrolling in this program should complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

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.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg Open Houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. Title IX Coordinator Rick Eddy, 309.341.5234; Jacob Runge, 309.341.5262.

For additional information contact:
Welcome Center
309.345.3500
welcomecenter@sandburg.edu

Employment

Most information technology and security careers require both hard and soft-skills. Hard-skills refer to technical expertise and understanding of the integration of technology depending on the specific needs of a business or organization. Soft skills include valuable people skills such as communication, teamwork,  problem-solving skills, leadership, and critical thinking skills. I.T. security professionals spend most of their time monitoring network structures, analyzing and implementing security solutions, and maintaining systems. 

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Network and Computer Systems Administrators 

Computer Operators

Computer User Support Specialists

Database Administrators

 

Sample course schedule for the Cyber Security Specialist

Sample schedule for Cyber Security Specialist certificate

 

Program Format

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) courses are available online or in a multiple-modality format. Multiple-modality courses provide students with the option to sit in a traditional classroom, attend online, or attend a scheduled class using Microsoft Teams.

Dual credit students may begin this program while in high school. Please contact Megan Jones, our Coordinator of Dual Credit for more information.

ESTIMATED COSTS FOR THE CYBER SECURITY SPECIALIST PROGRAM

Cyber Security Specialist certificate cost sheet


FINANCIAL AID

To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to inquire if you qualify for financial support. 

  • Hancock County 550 N. Madison St., Carthage, IL 217.357.6749      
  • Warren/Henderson County 1025 S. 2nd St, Monmouth, IL 309.734.4745
  • Knox County Bondi Building, 311 E. Main, Suite 612, Galesburg, IL 309.343.9832               
  • McDonough County 440 N. Lafayette, Macomb, IL 309.837.1280


SCHOLARSHIPS

Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

Meet the Instructors

Dr. Suvineetha Herath, Ph.D.
Information and Communication Technology Instructor

Andrea Jenkins
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Cynthia Johnson
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Linda Lee
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Jenna Linkin
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

 

Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401
309.341.5274

 

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 sherath@sandburg.edu

Program goals for Cyber Security Specialist Certificate

  1. Recruit and retain students interested in pursuing education and careers in cyber security
  2. Prepare students for employment in the growing field of cyber security and information systems; provide networking and career opportunities for job opportunities in the field, both locally and nationally
  3. Prepare students for immediate entry into work force or for transfer into a four-year college with junior standing
  4. To strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations
  5. To sharpen leadership, teamwork, and technical skills
  6. To promote lifelong learning for personal and professional enrichment


Sandburg General Education Objectives

  1. Communication: Demonstrate proficiency in speaking, writing, reading, and listening
  2. Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills.
  3. Cultural Diversity: Demonstrate an awareness of human values and diverse cultures.
  4. Information Technology: Demonstrate understanding and skills to function in a technological society
  5. Quantitative skills: Demonstrate use of quantitative analytical skills and processes to interpret, evaluate, and solve problems.