Associate in Applied Science (AAS),
Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

Offered through Business, Management and Technology

@ Forest Park

The program prepares you for entry-level information assurance/security technician positions that support planning, implementing, upgrading and monitoring security measures that protect computer networks and information systems. Courses cover computer architecture, programming and systems analysis, networking, cryptography, security system design, applicable law and regulations, risk assessment and policy analysis, contingency planning, user access issues, investigation techniques and troubleshooting.

Required Courses

The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree. 

Cybersecurity (AAS)

Cybersecurity (CP)

Program Coordinator

Craig Chott




Through theory and extensive hands-on activities, you will develop skills to ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. You also will develop skills to respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

To ensure the curriculum is current, Forest Park Information Systems department staff members are active members in CyberWatch Center, CyberWatch West, CSEC and Community College Cybersecurity Summit Conferences.

Pre-employment background screening is required for anyone seeking employment in the cybersecurity field.

To be successful, you should have a strong foundation in computer hardware/software troubleshooting skills, equivalent to the CompTIA A+ certification.

Note:  Cybersecurity employment typically requires a bachelor’s degree and/or employee working toward this goal.

Classes are taught by seasoned instructors. Labs are custom-built to provide an open environment for extensive hands-on experiences. Some online courses are available, as well as intensive classroom-based, hands-on skill development. With evening classes, this program is specifically geared for students with full-time jobs.

Once you earn your Cybersecurity Certificate of Proficiency, all of the credits apply toward the Cybersecurity AAS.


Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases. A career in the St. Louis Community College Cybersecurity Program is right for you if you:

• See yourself in a career that offers diverse opportunities.
• Would like to work in a growing Information Technology career.
• Have aptitude for problem-solving and ingenuity; are analytical, detail oriented.
• Enjoy the challenge of lifelong learning.

Want a career where you can continually adapt to stay a step ahead of cyberattackers,
learn the latest methods used by attackers to infiltrate computer systems and stay up
to date on IT security? Experience and security credentials hold solid potential for
advancement to management positions, especially when combined with a bachelor’s degree.


  • Analytical skills. Information security analysts must carefully study computer systems and networks and assess risks
    to determine how security policies and protocols can be improved.
  • Detail oriented. Because cyberattacks can be difficult to detect, information security analysts must pay careful attention to computer systems and watch for minor changes in performance.
  • Ingenuity. Information security analysts must anticipate information security risks and implement new ways to protect their
    organizations’ computer systems and networks.
  • Problem-solving skills. Information security analysts must respond to security alerts and uncover and fix flaws in computer systems and networks.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated STLCC
as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y).
This designation, with the support of the National Science Foundation and the National Cyberwatch Center,
means the college has a robust cybersecurity program that meets the national training standards.


More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region and the second largest in Missouri.

Faculty and Staff

St. Louis Community College expands minds and changes lives every day by offering high-quality educational experiences leading to degrees, certificates, employment, university transfer and life-long learning. 

Hands on Learning

Through theory and extensive hands-on activities, students will develop skills to ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. They will also develop skills to respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Flexible Schedule

This program offers some online courses which provides students with the opportunity to work full-time and complete coursework. 

Want to take classes online?

Whether you are beginning work on an online degree or certificate program or taking one or two courses online to accommodate your busy schedule, STLCC Online can help you prepare for success.

Contact Us

Hours for all campuses: Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
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