Cybersecurity, Basic Certificate

Program Code: 0297

Program Requirements

Required Program Core
CIS 103Fundamentals of Programming3
CIS 116Operating System I3
CIS 255Operating Systems II3
COMPSFI 101Networking Essentials3
or NET TEC 121 Internetworking I
COMPSFI 102Information Security Essentials3
COMPSFI 202Cybercrime and Incident Response3
Total Hours18


This is an example course sequence for students interested in Cybersecurity. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
CIS 116 Operating System I (CompTIA A+ Software) 3
Networking Essentials
or Internetworking I
CIS 103 Fundamentals of Programming (using Python) 3
Semester 2
CIS 255 Operating Systems II 3
COMPSFI 102 Information Security Essentials (CompTIA Security+) 3
COMPSFI 202 Cybercrime and Incident Response 3
 Total Hours18

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Information Security Analysts

Job Description

Plan, implement, upgrade, or monitor security measures for the protection of computer networks and information. Assess system vulnerabilities for security risks and propose and implement risk mitigation strategies. May ensure appropriate security controls are in place that will safeguard digital files and vital electronic infrastructure. May respond to computer security breaches and viruses.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$67,312
Median 50th Percentile$113,413
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$178,147

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$32
Median 50th Percentile$55
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$86

Annual Job Openings

192 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less0.00%
A certificate7.16%
Some college2.01%
An Associate degree12.87%
A Bachelor's degree75.16%
A Master's or Professional degree2.80%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

77.96% continue their education beyond an associate degree