The Cyber Defense certificate is designed to prepare students for a career in computer networking and security. The program will help prepare students for the following certifications: CompTIA Net+, CompTIA Security+, Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). This program also transfers into LSC’s Network Administration and Security diploma and AAS degrees.

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Skills & Knowledge

  • Learn the OSI Reference Model
  • Manage Cisco router hardware and the Cisco Internet Operating System
  • Analyze organization network needs and implement networks
  • Describe and identify common security threats and attacks
  • Apply a common ethical hacking methodology for penetration tests

Center for Cybersecurity

The LSC Center for Cybersecurity was established to provide a broad range of system security and information assurance services for local businesses and the community at large. The Center will provide students with real-world learning experiences in cybersecurity education through several business and government partnerships.

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The Program Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.

Program Guide

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Approximate total tuition & fees for MN residents to complete this degree. Starting Fall 2018, LSC will charge the same rates regardless of a student’s state of residence. Non-Minnesota residents will pay the same tuition rates as Minnesota residents.

Tuition & Fees

1 year

The Cyber Defense certificate may be completed in 1 year if pre-program requirements are met.

Gainful Employment

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Internet network specialist
  • Network applications specialist
  • Network services information technology specialist
  • Network and threat support specialist

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Source: MN DEED website as of November 2016. Figures shown are median hourly wages rounded down to the nearest whole number.

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