CompTIA Security+

In this non-credit course, you will build on your knowledge and professional experience with security fundamentals, networks, and organizational security as you acquire the specific skills required to implement basic security services on any type of computer network. This is the primary course you will need to take if your job responsibilities include securing network services, devices and traffic, including the physical security elements and operational security measures for your organization as a whole.

Courses are face-to-face, and attendance is required.

  • Length: 35 total hours. See registration tab for course schedule options.

This is the second non- credit course in the intensive Cybersecurity training course series.

Other courses include:

  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA CSA+

Qualified applicants receive free training that includes learning materials, hand-on labs, and exam vouchers for CSA+ and Network+.

Veterans, underrepresented groups, and career changers are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.

Training is provided through funding made available from the National Security Agency (NSA) (Grant#: H98230-17-1-0329), the National Science Foundation (NSF) (Grant#: 1539715), Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence, and MN Cyber.


This non-credit course will prepare you to take the CompTIA exam to earn the CompTIA Security+ Certification.  This is a vendor-neutral and globally recognized industry certification.

CompTIA Security+ meets the ISO 17204 standard and is approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to fulfill Directive 8570.01-M requirements.  It is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

The exam is not part of the course; participants will need to register and pay for the exam with CompTIA.

Metropolitan State University is a CompTIA Academy Partner.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.

The target participant is someone who has CompTIA Network+ Certification, has completed CompTIA Network+ training or has equivalent work or life skills.

For the free intensive cybersecurity training course series, applicants should be a veteran, from an underrepresented group, or career changers.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.

Gain skills and knowledge to:

  1. install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices
  2. perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques
  3. participate in risk mitigation techniques
  4. operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations
  5. ensure data and systems confidentiality, integrity, and availability
  1. Participants must have one of the following:
  • A CompTIA Network+ certification or
  • Taken the CompTIA Network+ course or
  • Pass the sample CompTIA Network+ test – attend the required information session to register for this sample test.
  1. To be admitted to the cybersecurity training program, participants must attend a required informational session.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.

  • Price: Due to funding provided by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, there is no cost to take this course for qualified applicants selected by Metropolitan State University faculty.
  • Course Texts: provided
  • Food: No food or beverage is included in the price of this course
  • Location: Metropolitan State University Science Education Center 
  • Parking:   Ramp for a $5 daily fee

Looking for credit courses in cybersecurity?  Check out the Cybersecurity Minor at Metro State.

IT Center of Excellence

Minnesota High Tech Association

Expert Areas: Information Security Analyst

Education/Professional Certificates:

  • Metropolitan State University Bachelors in Liberal Arts
  • CompTIA Security+ Certified Professional
  • CCNA Cyber Operations Professional

Relevant experience to topic areas:

  • Works as a security analyst with Presidio Network Solutions
  • Volunteers for the Metropolitan State University Forensics Student Organization

Philosophy of training in a nutshell:

My teaching philosophy is hands-on and interactive. While all may have their own unique learning styles, I think it’s important to be an interactive instructor.  I am open with my experiences and available for questions.  People learn best when you meet them where they are at, rather than having all students adjust to me and my teaching style.

Why instructor is excited about teaching at Metro State:

I am so excited to be part of Metro State’s Institute for Professional Development! I remember fondly being a Metro student; eager to learn and “soak up” the knowledge from my instructors. Being on the opposite side of that desk, and now teaching students, is an absolute honor. I’m excited to dig into Information Security with my students and watch them get excited and challenged by this growing industry.

Thank you for your interest in this course.  The course is currently full.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.