Networking & Cyber Security

1st Year Students

In Networking & Cyber Security we start with the fundamentals of computer hardware and software. We then move onto concepts in cyber security, networking, the responsibilities of an IT professional and Linux. Upon completion of year one students are ready to take the CompTIA A+ Certification and start a career in IT.

2nd Year Students

Second Year Networking & Cyber Security students focus on Cybersecurity Operations and Networking.

Why Cybersecurity Operations

Today, emboldened cybercriminals are tapping into legitimate online resources. They leach server capacity, steal data, and demand ransoms from online victims whose information they hold hostage. The explosive growth in Internet traffic-driven largely by faster mobile speeds and the proliferation of online devices- works in their favor by helping to expand the attack surface. Facing mounting challenges from cybercrime, cyberespionage, insider threats, and advanced persistent threats, organizations are establishing SOC teams of security professionals who can monitor, detect, and respond rapidly to security incidents before they cause damage.

The Cybersecurity Operations curriculum provides a first step in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to work with a SOC team, and can be a valuable part of beginning a career in the exciting and growing field of cybersecurity operations. The curriculum helps prepare students for entry-level cybersecurity career opportunities and is aligned to the Understanding Cisco Cybersecurity Fundamentals exam (210-250 SECFND) and Implementing Cisco Cybersecurity Operations exam (210-255 SECOPS) leading to the Cisco CCNA Cybersecurity Operations certification.

With networking the backbone of everything connected to the internet students need to understand how networks are designed, installed and configured. The networking curriculum is the first of two Routing and Switching courses that introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks students would take to obtain their Cisco CCENT certification. In Introduction to Networks you will learn the principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced to provide a foundation for the curriculum. By the end of the course, students will be able to build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

At the end of the program students can continue the routing and switching curriculum at North Central State College and then be ready to take their CCENT certification and then continue on to complete their CCNA certification.