Network Security, Certificate of Proficiency

Forest Park

This skill-oriented program prepares student to implement security measures for a network. The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security courses cover knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. The program competencies align with the industry CCNA Security certification examination, where a network professional demonstrates the skills required to develop a security infrastructure, recognize threats and vulnerabilities to networks, and mitigate security threats. The CCNA Security curriculum emphasizes core security technologies, the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality and availability of data and devices, and competency in the technologies that Cisco uses in its security structure. Security solutions and processes in a network with emphasis on practical skills in the following areas: firewall, Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) design, implementation, configuration and maintenance using Adaptive Security Appliances (ASAs) and Private Internet Exchange (PIX) Security Appliances are also included to provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of network security.

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At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. apply current knowledge and skills based on industry standards to design network security solutions.
  2. develop network security solutions following best practices as a member of a team.
  3. demonstrate proficiency in use of network security technologies and methodologies through successful performance on course final exams based on industry certification exam competencies.
  4. configure an installed workstation operating systems for IPv4 and IPv6 and other network security settings, network adapters, and appropriate firewall.
  5. demonstrate proficiency in use of network security technologies and methodologies to protect an organization’s information from threats by detecting and responding to security incidents.
IS 229Unix/Linux I3
IS 237Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security3
IT 101Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks5
IT 201Cisco Networking Academy II: Routing and Switching Essentials5
IT 208Cisco Networking Academy: CCNA Security5
IT 210Firewall and VPN Security3
Total Credit Hours24
New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IS 229 Unix/Linux I3Reading Proficiency.First 8 weeks; Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer
IT 101 Cisco Networking Academy I: Introduction to Networks5Reading Proficiency.First 8 weeks; Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer
IT 201 Cisco Networking Academy II: Routing and Switching Essentials5IT 101 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.Second 8 weeks; Offered Fall and Spring
IS 237 Fundamentals of Information Assurance/Security3IT 102 or IS 229 and Reading Proficiency.First 8 weeks; Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
IT 210 Firewall and VPN Security3IT 201 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.16 weeks; Offered Fall and Spring
IT 208 Cisco Networking Academy: CCNA Security5IT 201 with a minimum grade of "C" or CCENT certification and Reading Proficiency.Second 8 weeks; Offered Spring or Summer
Credit Hours8
Total Credit Hours24

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.