IT Security

IT Security

Technical Certificate

The IT Security Certificate provides students an understanding of Cybersecurity fundamentals, Cybersecurity operations and implementing network security. This certificate will allow a student to identify the threats, monitor and analyze those threats, and configure network solutions to eliminate and avoid network security threats. Topics discussed will be Threat analysis, Network Intrusion analysis, Incident response, security concepts, Secure access, Virtual Private Network access (VPN), secure routing and switching techniques, Firewall concepts and Intrusion prevention. The certificate prepares students for the CCNA Security and CCNA CyberOPS certifications.

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Program Outline

Term 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1015011400 Networking 1

This course is designed as an introduction to data network technology. It is the first in a series of three courses leading toward Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. Students will gain a basic understanding of routers and switches, their function and how to perform initial configurations in the Internetwork Operating System (IOS) of these devices. Students will setup various LAN hardware to implement a workable local area network to include, subnetting and variable length subnetting. Student will gain a solid foundation in network standards using both the OSI and TCP/IP reference models.

1015110000 IT Security Basics

In this course, you will explore basic IT security and the threats and countermeasures that can be used to protect the infrastructure.

1015111000 IT Security Monitoring

In this course, you will identify and use tools to monitor activity on the network to ensure a secure work environment.

1015112000 IT Security Management

In this course, you will explore the how to manage and maintain a secure IT Infrastructure.

1015013000 Networking 2: Networking Switching, Routing & Wireless Essentials

This course is the second of three courses in the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification. It will look at more in-depth configuration of routers to include routing protocols, network address translation, and access control lists. Students will look at switch configuration to include virtual LANs and standard security features within the switch IOS. Students will also gain an understanding of device discovery, management and maintenance of the network. Prerequisite: 1015011400 Networking 1 (C or better).

1015014500 Networking 3: Networking Enterprise Networking, Security & Automation

This is the third course in the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification series. This course will cover advanced routing protocols, WAN concepts, VPN and IPsec concepts, Network design and management, and Network virtualization and automation. Prerequisite: 1015013000 Networking 2 (C or better).

1015113000 Cybersecurity Operations

This course will focus on the endpoint threat analysis and computer forensics. It will also teach a student how to analyze a network intrusion, analysis of the data and events, and proper response and handling of a security incident on the network. This course will prepare the student for the Implementing Cisco Cybersecurity Operations (SECOPS) exam. Prerequisite: 1015112000 IT Security Management (C or better).

1015113500 Implement Network Security

This course will focus on security principles and technologies. The student will describe network security concepts, secure routers and switches to secure the infrastructure, implement authentication and accounting services, and implement firewall services to secure the network infrastructure. This course will prepare the student for the CCNA Security Exam (IINS). Prerequisite: 1015112000 IT Security Management (C or better).


At A Glance

How You'll Learn


Online Classes

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Multiple Start Dates

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Flexible Pace

2023 Start Dates

January 9 May 8 September 5
February 6 June 5 October 2
March 6 July 3 November 6

2024 Start Dates

January 8 May 6
February 5 June 3
March 4 July 1

What is Competency-Based Education?

Competency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. Once all competencies for a program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn a certificate, diploma, or degree.

Approximate Cost


*Based on 10-level courses—materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Implement Cybersecurity Operations
  • Implement a secure network infrastructure

Your Potential Careers

  • Info Security Analyst
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Information Assurance Analyst
  • Security Systems Administrator
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Specialist

Median Annual Salary

$72,876 $78,893 $88,630
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