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Network Security

In as little as one year, you can earn a college credit certificate in Network Security at South Florida State College.

Network security is emerging as a high-demand specialized field of computer networking. In the new age of electronic communication, where sensitive information is stored and transmitted over vast computer networks, network security specialists implement the policies, software, and hardware that protects networks from unauthorized access, vulnerabilities, and attacks through the Internet.

SFSC’s Network Security program gives you the computer literacy training and knowledge required to operate, troubleshoot, and repair PC hardware and software, with a strong emphasis on cybersecurity and networking. Graduates earn 30 hours of college credit and are awarded the Lantern Certified Examiner credential, which validates their ability to conduct analysis of any Apple or Android mobile device. Students receive extensive hands-on experience with the automated tools Lantern and Lantern Imager to parse and report artifacts. They receive the tools they need to pursue CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ industry certifications.

College credits earned in this program may be applied to SFSC's Associate in Science (AS) degree in Networking Systems Technology.

Courses should be taken in the following sequence. For complete requirements of this program, including any prerequisite courses, consult your advisor and the College Catalog.

Course Title Credit Hours
Fall Term  
PC Support A+ Core Hardware 3
PC Support A+ OS Technologies 3
Computer Network Security 4
Professional Development in the Workplace 3
Spring Term  
LAN Support - Network+ 3
Introduction to Computer Forensics 4
Operating System Security 3
Ethical Hacking I 3
 Summer Term  
Ethical Hacking II 3
Network Security Internship 1
Total Hours 30

XCEL-IT Advantages for Network Security Students

SFSC's Network Security program is part of XCEL-IT, a grant-funded program that provides additional benefits to students who enroll in certain computer technology programs. As a student in an XCEL-IT program, you may be eligible for financial assistance, and you'll be invited to attend customized advising workshops and classes, take part in workforce training programs, go on professional field trips, and receive career counseling. You’ll get assistance with internships, job searching, and preparing for employment.

XCEL-IT accepts students who are enrolled in the Digital Forensics program and meet one of these five criteria:

  • Eligible for assistance under the Trade Adjustment Act
  • Over age 24
  • Unemployed or underemployed due to lack of training and skills relevant in today's workplace
  • Entrepreneur or small business owner
  • U.S. military veteran

Apply for XCEL-IT by completing the XCEL-IT Intake Form. Deliver the form to the XCEL-IT Office, Building R-2, Highlands Campus, or email it to:

For more information, call XCEL-IT at 784-7438.