IT Security

Advanced Technical Certificate

About the IT Security Program

This certificate will give students additional 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.

*Pre-requisite: Students need to have completed the IT Computer Support Specialist associate degree or the Cisco CCENT certification to enroll in this certificate.

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Program Outline

Course # Course Title Credits
1015011400 Networking 1 3.00

This course is designed as an introduction to data network technology. It is the first in a series of two courses leading toward Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT). 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.

1010712800 Introduction to Security 3.00

Gives the student an introduction to computer security. It focuses on what security is, and why it is important in business today. The student will investigate different aspects of security from email security to denial of service attacks on a system. The student will gain practical skills necessary to protect against such attacks. Prerequisite(s): 1015011400 Networking 1 (C or better).

1015013000 Networking 2 3.00

This course is the second course in the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) series. It will look at more indepth 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. Sudents will also gain an understanding of device discovery, management and maintenance of the network. Prerequisite(s): 1015011400 Networking 1 (C or better).

1015019000 Security 2 3.00

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(s): 1010712800 Introduction to Security (C or better) or 10107128C05 Introduction to Security E (B or better).

1015019100 Security 3 3.00

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(s): 1015019000 Security 2 (B or better).

At A Glance

How You'll Learn


On Campus


Online Classes

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Multiple Start Dates

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Personalized Pace

2020 Start Dates

January 8 May 8 September 2
February 3 June 1 October 5
March 2 July 6 November 2

2021 Start Dates

January 6 March 1 June 7
February 1 May 7 July 5

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

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