Security Specialist

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Security Specialist program is designed to prepare students for entry-level computer maintenance, help desk, and network technician jobs with an emphasis on security. The courses focus on the development of knowledge and skills in computer and security technologies including system components, installation, system configuration, peripheral devices, and notebooks. Emphasis is placed on preventing, identifying, and mitigating threats to the security of information systems and utilizing the basic tools for information security. This program helps prepare participants for the CompTIA A+, and Security+ certification exams. Students who complete this program may seek employment in a variety of environments. Students can also pursue additional certificates of competency (CCTs) or completion (CCLs) in a variety of specializations within the information technology field to deepen their knowledge and skills and help prepare them for multiple industry certification examinations. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Network and Systems Administration is also available.


Academic Plan Code: 
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Total Clock Hours: 
Effective term: 
2020 Fall 1
Award notes

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Students who pursue this certificate of competency (CCT) should have a basic level of computer literacy including navigating the internet and computer systems or take ISP105 as indicated in the required courses. Students with the requisite skills may have the ISP105 requirement waived by permission of the Program Director.

All courses within the required course area are not applicable if taken more than five (5) years prior to the completion of the program. Consult with an academic advisor or program director for exceptions.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Prerequisites: None.
Required courses
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Clock Hours:418
ISP105Survey of Computer Information Systems52
CSN170A+ Exam Prep: Computer Hardware Configuration and Support122
CSN270A+ Exam Prep: Operating System Configuration and Support122
CSN110Information Security Fundamentals122
Program Competencies
  • Assess computer hardware and software using critical thinking, industry standard tools, and best practices to demonstrate proper installation, configuration, maintenance, and service. (CSN170, CSN270, ISP105)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation applications. (ISP105)
  • Assess operating systems using critical thinking, industry standard tools, and best practices to demonstrate proper installation, configuration, maintenance, and service. (CSN270, ISP105)
  • Integrate social and ethical responsibility in decision-making and actions. (CSN170, CSN270, CSN110)
  • Manage administrative access and user security policies within systems. (CSN170, CSN110)

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