Applied Cybersecurity – Occupational Certificate (OC)

As more business is conducted online, the demand is growing for cybersecurity specialists who are experts in protecting computer networks and their vast resources from falling prey to cyber-crime.

Cyber-criminals shut down websites, release malware and viruses that damage computers, use phishing schemes to collect personal information to use for identity theft, and steal confidential information about companies and their customers. Cybersecurity professionals are instrumental in developing innovative solutions that stop these criminals in their tracks.

SFSC’s Applied Cybersecurity program offers specialized courses in information security, network security planning and analysis, hardware, software, and web security. Cybersecurity professionals find employment in any industry that uses computer networks to operate or has a strong online presence, including government institutions, banking, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, insurance and retail and hospitality.

 This occupational certificate qualifies you for entry-level positions in careers such as:

Information Security Analyst
Develops security measures that protect computer networks
Penetration Tester
Evaluates IT infrastructures to discover vulnerabilities that could be exploited by criminals
Computer Systems Administrator
Responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems and servers
Network Support Specialist
Maintain computer networks, analyze breaches, and diagnose causes of networking problems

Employment Potential

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of IT security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent 2014-24. Recent figures from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity indicate that computer network support specialists in SFSC’s service district make an entry level wage of approximately $18 an hour.

Degree Map

Length: 750 contact hours / 25 occupational credits

Contact Hours
Term 1
Cybersecurity Associate I
Information Security Administrator I
Term 2
Cybersecurity Associate II
Information Security Administrator II
Term 3
Cybersecurity Associate III
Security Administrator III
Term 4
Cybersecurity Associate IV
Information Security Administrator IV

Admission Requirements

For information about admission requirements to the Applied Cybersecurity program, consult the College Catalog or contact:

Advising and Counseling Center

Brian Bohlman

Cindy Kinser
Chair, Department of Business and Computer Technologies

Occupational credits earned in this program are transferrable and may be applied to SFSC’s Associate in Science (AS) degree in Network Systems Technology. Students who earn this AS degree are eligible to enroll in the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in Supervision and Management (BAS-SM).

Program Recognition

The Applied Cybersecurity program is endorsed by FBI Infragard, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. South Florida State College is recognized as a CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner.

Infraguard Website NICCS Website US Department of Homeland Security Website CompTIA_Academy