Demand for cybersecurity analysts is expected to remain high as organizations look for innovative ways to thwart hackers. Earning a cybersecurity certificate from SPC gives you the skills to help secure networks and make them less vulnerable.

SPC Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated SPC as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) through academic year 2024.

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This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Information Security Analysts

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  • Network security basics
  • Firewall implementation and management
  • Auditing tools
  • Basics of cryptography, biometrics and file encryption
  • Data interpretation and report writing
  • Fundamentals of Linux/Unix operating system

Cybersecurity Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2016 (510)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2016 (510), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. John Duff

Laura Malave
Academic Chair

Program Summary

This program is offered as a Fully Online program.

The prerequisites for entry are basic computer usage skills: editing files, navigating a file system, browsing the Web, basic knowledge of networking, and working knowledge or training in the Unix or Linux operating system.

This certificate emphasizes understanding and demonstrated skills of the following concepts related to IT security: policies, intrusion detection systems, router security, TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol), and network security basics; implementing and managing a firewall; auditing tools; basics of cryptography, biometrics, and file encryption; hardware and software designed to secure information network systems; and legal aspects of IT security. The courses include tasks that will enhance the students' ability to interpret data and information from various sources and create reports based upon this information.

This certificate emphasizes an understanding of the following concepts related to IT security: policies, intrusion detection systems, router security, and network security basics. This certificate prepares the student for the CompTIA Security +, Cisco CCNA Cyber Operations, and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker industry certifications exams.

These courses will apply toward the A.S. degree in Information Technology (IT) Security.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

11.1003: Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Help Desk Technician
  • Network Administrator I
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Information Technology Security Specialist

Admission Rules

There are no admissions requirements for this program.

Fully Online


CTS 1120 Network Security Foundations 3
CIS 1358 Operating System Security 3
1 CTS 1314 Network Defense and Countermeasures 3
CGS 2811 Incident Response & Disaster Recovery 3
CET 2691 Laws & Legal Aspects of IT Security 3
CIS 2352 Ethical Hacking 3

1 Note: Course is pending approval for change to CTS 2314.

Total Credits 18

Industry Certifications

As part of SPC's Cybersecurity Certificate, you are eligible for the following industry certifications:


Our Cybersecurity Certificate transfers to SPC's Cybersecurity Associate in Science Degree. The A.S. degree transfers to our Technology Development and Management B.A.S. Degree.


SPC also offers technology short-term training and continuing education through our Workforce Institute.

Cybersecurity Certificate