Security Specialist

 Computer and Information Techology

You will be introduced to the information security field in this program, where you explore various hardware and software utilized. In addition, you will learn how to identify threats and troubleshooting techniques needed in security. Learn skills needed to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification.

Virtual Enrollment Session Attendance

Security Specialist

Navigator Office Hours: 
Mon - Fri: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. / 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Office Number:  (602) 286-8633

Enrollment Session: Mondays, from 3 - 4 p.m.Thursdays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

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Program Location

Central City 


Security Specialist

Certificate #1166N | 418 hr / 5 mo | $5,060*

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.

Not Federal Financial Aid Eligible

*Months based on 24 hours a week/4 weeks a month. Actual completion times may vary. Costs include tuition, lab and estimated book fees. Amount based on current estimates and will vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year. 

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