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Information Systems Security ISSC.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 18 Credit Hours

Division: Business and Public Services
Department: Computer Science and Information Technology
Effective as of Fall 2024

What is the program about?

This certificate will help prepare students and working professionals to perform effectively in the Information Assurance area of Information Technology. The courses required for this certificate have been reviewed and validated by the NSA. Students completing the courses outlined here will receive the ISSC Certificate jointly issued by Sinclair Community College and the NSA.. Because the specified content in these six courses has been approved, course credit earned by articulated or proficiency cannot be accepted.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply effective and flexible critical thinking, general business and problem-solving skills to typical business or technical problems associated with the area of concentration.
  • Use effective oral and written communication skills and teamwork skills in the delivery of customer service, project planning and project completion in the information technology business environment.
  • Research, select, use and troubleshoot hardware and network components appropriate to the area of concentration.

Career Opportunities

With the increased awareness of the need for computer and network security in government, industry and education, there are greatly increased opportunities for students prepared to work in Information Assurance. Students and working professionals completing this certificate will have significantly enhanced opportunities to pursue jobs in the Information Assurance arena within the Federal government, Department of Defense and/or private industry.


This certificate is embedded in the NEMA.S.AAS degree which is the subject of an articulation agreement with the University of Cincinnati. The courses in this certificate are included in that agreement.


Two courses in this certificate (CIS 130 and CIS 2640) help prepare students for the CompTIA Net+ and Security+ certifications. CIS 2510 also helps students prepare for a Microsoft certification.

Additional Information

This program is apart of the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE2Y)


Course Title Credits
CIS 1107 Introduction to Operating Systems 3
CIS 1130 Network Fundamentals 3
CIS 2510 Microsoft Windows Server Operating System 3
CIS 2550 Linux Operating System 3
CIS 2630 (Securing a Windows Network Environment) OR CIS 2650 (Ethical Hacker) 3
CIS 2640 Network Security 3
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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.