People working in Cybersecurity help protect organizations from computer-related crimes and the legal issues involved in the investigation. Learn vital skills necessary for a lucrative profession, including applying ethical best practices and securely configuring computer systems and networks.

Elgin Community College gives you the perfect combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in cybersecurity. Our partnerships with the local industry give you extensive hands-on experience both in the classroom and through practical, on-the-job training as part of the vocational specialist program.

Areas of study include:

  • Computer Hardware
  • Database Management
  • Help Desk
  • Information Security and Counter Measures
  • Local Area Networks
  • Operating Systems
  • Server Administration
  • Technical Support


Learn about common threats, system hardening, network, and intrusion security tools, access control methods, authentication, encryption, redundancy, disaster response, and organizational security while working in the high-growth field of information security. Complete the required 32-33 credit hours for this Vocational Specialist Certificate.

At ECC, you'll earn industry-recognized credentials that are highly valued by local employers:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network +
  • Microsoft Network Administration
  • Comp TIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • EC Council Ethical Hacking

Courses at Elgin Community College in Cybersecurity

Here are a few sample classes:

  • Cyberlaw and Ethics
  • Ethical Hacking and Counter Measures
  • Principles of Cyber Security

Getting A Job in Cybersecurity

A great position to have that offers faster than the average job growth for all occupations. In fact, more than 27% of cybersecurity jobs are available to job candidates with some college, or an associate degree. If you decide to complete an Associate Degree and continue to get a Bachelor’s the outlook is even better with employment expected to grow 32 percent within the next 8 years. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts, on the Internet (accessed January 25, 2020).

Do you think about getting a Bachelor of Science degree?

Learn what classes to take at ECC that transfer to seamlessly transfer to a Computer Science program at a 4-year institution. See the Computer Science Program of Study.

Learn more about Associate Degree and Certifications in CIS at ECC!

Earning an AAS degree or certificate in a STEM field at Elgin Community College can set your career in motion.

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