Security Essentials

240 hours
18 weeks
13 hours
per week

Provides students with the knowledge and skills required to manage and secure network infrastructures. Includes practical and analytical skills needed to design; operate and troubleshoot, and secure network software and hardware. Instruction includes fundamental networking theories including addressing; physical infrastructure; network architecture; security threats, and mitigation techniques.

Topics include Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), network topologies, security configuration parameters, security compliance, and cryptography.

Students who successfully complete the program can use the skills learned in a variety of industries and jobs including information security analyst, network and computer systems administrator, computer support specialist and computer operator. Also serves as a foundation for additional training in information technology.

Receive the Security Essentials certificate by completing two courses:

  • COMP 608 Basic Network Configuration
  • COMP 609 Network Security Basics
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Information Technology Orientation

As of Fall 2023, you can register for these certificate programs before meeting with a counselor. When registration is open (starting Tuesday, July 25th at 11 am), register using these 3 steps:

  1. Read the registration instructions & Fall 2023 class details. Once registration is open (starting Tuesday, July 25th at 11 am), please register promptly as some classes fill quickly.
  2. Watch the Student Services Orientation video (11 minutes)
  3. Recommended: Meet with a counselor to discuss your Educational Plan and get questions answered. To make an appointment with a counselor, call North City Campus at (619) 388-1800 or email .

Possible Career Paths

Examples of jobs you may be qualified for after completion of this program:

  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators $24-37/hr.
  • Computer User Support Specialists $16-27/hr.
  • Information Security Analysts $30-45/hr

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