Learn more about this program at the next Business, Trades, and Technology Program Open House on February 16, 2023


This 30-credit certificate is designed to prepare students for a career in computer and networking security. The program will help prepare students for the following certifications: CompTIA Net+, CompTIA Security+ and EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). This program also transfers into LSC’s Network Administration and Cybersecurity diploma and AAS degrees.

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Program Features

  • Lake Superior College is a designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). LSC is the only two-year community and technical college in the Minnesota to earn this designation.

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

Career Information

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Find out what your interests and strengths are with this 10-minute online assessment. Then see what careers and programs at Lake Superior College may line up with them!

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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

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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Approximate total tuition & fees for MN residents to complete this degree.

Tuition & Fees

1 year

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

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