Network Security Specialist Certificate

This certificate program gives students the skill sets and knowledge required to administer, design, and implement network security systems. It was designed with the existing information technology professional in mind, who is competent and comfortable with networking and network technologies.

We have also incorporated the National Security Agency's INFOSEC Assessment Methodology into our program, as well as the opportunity for you to obtain multiple industry recognized certifications on the way to obtaining your certificate, such as the Security+ and Certified Ethical Hacker. Students of this program may also have the opportunity to participate as contractors, performing actual vulnerability assessment's and penetration tests.

Note! This program was put together by industry professionals who provide training and consultation to law enforcement and corporate security personnel on a regular basis. This certificate begins at an advanced level and is designed for those already working in an information technology capacity - our goal is to leverage the experience and training you already have. Students MUST communicate with Steve Hailey or another CIS faculty advisor for proper placement into this program. It is recommended that program candidates have a minimum of the A+, CCNA or Network+ certifications or equivalent experience and training before enrolling.

While the focus of this certificate program is network security, information security as a whole will be covered. Information security (also known as Information Systems Security or INFOSEC) is not confined to computer systems or information in a digital form. Information security applies to all aspects of safeguarding and protecting information or data. It is a common misconception that information security is synonymous with providing technical solutions to security problems, such as installing a firewall or intrusion detection system.

Information security covers not just information, but all infrastructures that facilitate its use - processes, systems, services, technology (including computers), voice and data networks, etc. An information security expert knows that there are many aspects of information security that are just as important, if not more so, than the technical solutions. Policies, procedures, and providing security awareness training are but some of the areas that need to be addressed.

The Network Security Specialist Certificate Program will help you to learn about integrating the most current information security concepts and management of information systems practices in order to truly have a layered approach. In addition to the expertise you will gain concerning the technical aspects of security, you will learn about defense strategies, legal aspects, risk management, policy development, and how to facilitate the changes and paradigm shifts necessary within your organization to make your information systems secure. The primary areas that will be covered during your education at Edmonds Community College are:

  • Access Control Systems & Methodology
  • Applications & Systems Development
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Cryptography
  • Law, Investigations & Ethics
  • Operations Security
  • Physical Security
  • Security Architecture & Models
  • Security Management Practices
  • Telecommunications, Network & Internet Security


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