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Network Security Certificate

This Network Security Certificate offers essential computer security and information assurance concepts and skills to help you protect organizations and critical resources against security threats. Managing network security includes preserving information confidentiality, availability and integrity through mitigating risks and preventing cyber attacks.

Network security professionals perform network risk assessments, implement safeguards to protect data and system integrity, implement and maintain system authentication systems and create perimeter protection systems. This program enables you to be employed as network security technicians, network firewall technicians, VPN administrators and remote security communication support specialists. 

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be prepared to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exams.



This certificate is the third semester of our stackable Information & Communication Technology certificates. 

  1. Computer Support Certificate
  2. Computer technician
  3. Network Security Certificate
  4. CISCO Networking Security Certificate


Admission requirements

The Network Security Certificate is a three-semester open-enrollment program, meaning there isn't any criteria students must meet to be admitted. If you're interested in enrolling in this program, complete our steps to enroll, which includes completing the free application for admission.

We encourage all prospective students to visit campus. We have several Explore Sandburg open houses throughout the year, or you can schedule a campus visit at your convenience.

Career and technical programs/courses are offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. For more information, contact the Title IX coordinator at 309.341.5258 or the ADA/504 coordinator at 309.341.5262.

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Sample course schedule for the Network Security program

View the sample schedule for the Network Security Certificate


Program format

Information & Communications Technology (ICT) courses are available online or in a multiple-modality format. Multiple-modality courses offer the option to sit in a traditional classroom, attend online or attend a scheduled class using Microsoft Teams.

Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. 

Regardless of the course format, you should have access to a reliable computer with broadband  (high-speed) internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

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View the Network Security Certificate cost sheet


To apply for financial aid, visit our   financial aid page  for more information.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

helps job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Contact the local office to see if you qualify for financial support. 

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Thanks to our generous donors, the   Carl Sandburg College Foundation  is able to award more than $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg  students. High school, adult learners, and returning students — everyone is eligible to apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year.

Meet the instructors

Dr. Suvineetha Herath, Ph.D.
Information and Communication Technology Instructor

Andrea Jenkins
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Cynthia Johnson
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Linda Lee
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor

Jenna Linkin
Information and Communication Technology Adjunct Instructor


Department of Career and Technical Education
2400 Tom L Wilson Blvd.
Galesburg, IL 61401


The Sandburg Tech Squad's mission is to actively participate and promote knowledge and skills within the information communication technology field throughout our club activities. Members work to become leaders and set examples for the community as professionals in valuing our lifelong learning process while helping and providing services to the whole campus community.

Advisor: Dr. Suvineetha Herath: 309.341.5269 |

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Network Security Certificate

Please reference the Carl Sandburg College Academic Catalog for additional information.