School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

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IT-Information Security


Program number: 901503CERT


The IT-Information Security certificate program at Madison College provides comprehensive instruction for networking students and professionals who want to expand their skills in computer security. Students survey issues in internet technology security awareness, data confidentiality, network security, and legal and ethical issues associated with computer system security.

The Madison College IT-Information Security certificate provides hands-on training in designing, planning and executing a vulnerability assessment on a computer network. Once the assessment is completed, students will design a security plan to protect the network from threats. Students also will be introduced to several firewall technologies, including packet filtering, proxy firewalls, application gateways and circuit gateways.

In addition, students will be trained in properly securing a network using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs). 

Pre-Program Requirements

A strong working knowledge of Linux and Python is an absolute requirement for this certificate track. One to two years of experience working in the IT field is highly recommended.

Program Details

Students earning MATC's IT-Information Security certificate can attend full or part time.

Information Security classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.



The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.



After completing the IT-Information Security certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you will be prepared to:

  • Test for the CISCO Certified Security Professional (CCSP) Security+ certification exam.

  • Test for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification exam.


After completing the IT-Information Security certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you may find employment as:

  • Information Security Technician
  • Cyber Security Professional