Network Security

Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

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Upon graduation students receive a Certificate of Proficiency.

This skill-oriented program prepares you to implement security measures for a network. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security courses cover knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. The program competencies align with the industry CCNA Security certification examination, where a network professional demonstrates the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats. The CCNA Security curriculum emphasizes core security technologies, the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices, and competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure. Security solutions and processes in a network with emphasis on practical skills in the following areas: firewall, Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) design, implementation, configuration and maintenance using Adaptive Security Appliances (ASAs) and Private Internet Exchange (PIX) Security Appliances are also included to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of network security.

Hands-on: This program features dedicated labs and classrooms, and one-to-one equipment ratio, the optimal experience for skill development.

If you take the Cisco Networking Academy coursework, you become a member of the Cisco online community, with alumni access to online resources that include job postings, free seminars, etc.

You are prepared for a variety of industry certification exams as well as entry-level employment technical interviews.

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.

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This program is intended to delve deeper in the specific area of network security. The program competencies align with the industry CCNA Security® certification examination. You are prepared for entry-level work. The program also offers further study of the security issues surrounding computer networks and keeping data and equipment secure.

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Graduates of this program are not limited to employment in technology fields.

  • Small and Large Companies
  • Business
  • Health Fields
  • Education
  • Non-profits

Companies that have hired STLCC grads:

  • Charter
  • AT&T
  • Brown Shoe
  • Clayco
  • Urban League of Greater St. Louis
  • BJC Healthcare
  • City of St. Louis
  • The Outsource Group
  • Washington University

Job Resources

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  • STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. Click Here


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divider-facultyBrenda Kahan
Program Coordinator
Phone: 314-644-9229


Admission Process

  • All applicants for the Network Security program must first be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
  • Applications for this program are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year. 

Prior to application we recommend that you meet with an STLCC academic advisor. The advisor can help you plan your courses, clarify program requirements, and review your academic history as it relates to this program.  Click Here

Related Programs
Network Engineering CP and AAS
Cisco Networking Academy: CCNA® CS
Cybersecurity CP and AAS


How long does it take to finish the program?
Three semesters. You can begin in either fall or spring semester.

What do network security employees do?
Network security employees conduct security assessments for organizations, and design security systems and processes. You may specialize in areas such as physical security, personnel security and information security. You may work in fields such as health care, banking, gaming, security engineering or manufacturing.

Typical Tasks

  • Engineer, install, maintain or repair security systems, programmable logic controls or other security-related electronic systems.
  • Recommend improvements in security systems or procedures.
  • Perform risk analyses so that appropriate countermeasures can be developed.
  • Conduct security audits to identify potential vulnerabilities related to physical security, staff safety or asset protection.
  • Provide system design and integration recommendations.

STLCC’s Information System’s Advisory Board brings together top industry professionals.

Companies represented:
XO Communications
Thrivent Financial
Charter Communications
Asynchrony Labs
Washington University School of Medicine
Emerson Electric
Maverick Technologies

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