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The LSC Center for Cybersecurity was established to provide a broad range of system security and information assurance services for local businesses and the community at large. The Center will provide students with real-world learning experiences in cybersecurity education through several business and government partnerships. Lake Superior College offers a Network Administration and Cybersecurity A.A.S. degree that is available online or on campus. We also have a transfer agreement with St Cloud State University for our students to transfer and complete their Bachelor’s degree on the SCSU campus.

LSC has just started a partnership in Fall 2017 with SCSU to offer a four-year degree B.A. IT Security degree in Duluth at the LSC campus. You can find more information about the grant and transfer program on our LSC/SCSU partnership page.

Lake Superior College Receives a Center of Academic Excellence 2Y Designation from NSA and U.S. Department of Homeland!

LSC’s Network Administration and Cybersecurity Degree
We are really excited to be offering students additional security classes so that they can receive an A.A.S. in Network Administration and Cybersecurity. The new classes that have been added to the planner are the following:

CIS 2811 Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems Fundamentals
CIS 2812 Network Security Fundamentals
CIS 2813 Network Forensics and Incident Response
CIS 2814 Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense

Visit Degrees.lsc.edu to view all of our Cyber programs.

Center Administration


  • Promoting Cybersecurity careers to middle school and high school age students
  • Expanding and enhancing cyber security curriculum labs, skills events and competitions
  • Building a national infrastructure of qualified Cybersecurity educators


The LSC Cyber Center will partner with any institution committed to offering cyber security courses or programs. It will also partner with businesses and government agencies interested in supporting cyber security education. Organizations can become partners by sponsoring events, volunteering expertise or assisting in the design of instructional resources. It is committed to serving the needs of the higher education academic community in the areas of cybersecurity skills, curriculum, and faculty development. It will share cybersecurity resources with the goal of continuous improvement of their cyber security program.


The LSC Center for Cybersecurity is managed by the staff and faculty at Lake Superior College in Duluth. The Center is led by Vickie McLain the point of contact who reports to Jenni Swenson, Dean of Business and Industry and Dr. Pat Johns, LSC President. The Center management team includes instructors Tom Gustafson and Tom Janicki.

Student Cyber Defense Activities

Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition
This annual competition allows institutions of higher education to assess their students’ depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting business IT networks.

National Cyber League
The National Cyber League provides an ongoing virtual training ground for faculty and students to develop and validate cybersecurity skills using content aligned with individual and team games

Cyber Aces
This is an online course that teaches the core concepts needed to assess, and protect information security systems.

AFA Cyber Patriot
The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six hour period.

US Cyber Challenge
The challenge is designed to connect America’s best and brightest to the cybersecurity industry.

LSC GenCyber
GenCyber is a free cybersecurity camp for students and teachers in Grades 7 – 12. It’s sponsored by the NSA and NSF, but must be approved yearly in the spring.

Cyber Defense News

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US Cybersecurity News

Partnerships and Government Resources

St Cloud State University
Lake Superior College is part of a National Science Foundation grant through St Cloud State University to provide full scholarships and stipends to students who continue their education in cybersecurity at St. Cloud State University.

College of St Scholastica
Lake Superior College has a new transfer agreement with College of St Scholastica.

Excelsior College
Excelsior College offers both a Cybersecurity  and Information Technology  Bachelor’s degree.  They also offer LSC students a discount in tuition and a generous credit transfer. This program is totally online.

National Science Foundation
Lake Superior College is involved in a grant with the National Science Foundation for Cybercorps: Scholarship for Service.

National Security Agency
The National Security Agency has sponsored a GenCyber cybersecurity camp at Lake Superior College.

This is a great conference that LSC Cyber Defense team attends in May in Minneapolis with lots of great cybersecurity information and career opportunities.

Cyber Security Summit
Fall conference in Minneapolis that brings together government, business and academia.