Computer Network Security Training Online

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Network Security courses at Ashworth College will teach you how to keep computers and company data secure and give you the skills you need to enter the profession. You will learn how to install firewalls and intrusion detection systems and to assess, analyze, and respond to threats facing computer networks.

This course will prepare you to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. It covers all the objectives of CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 exam, including the application of security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity, and availability; identification of appropriate technologies and products; and troubleshooting security events and incidents.

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Lesson Group 1: Computer Network Security

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Measuring and Weighing Risk  

Introduction to risk; risk assessment; typical network vulnerabilities and threats; formulas for calculating risk; qualifying and quantifying risk; security controls; different types of responses to common risks; security resources from Microsoft; additional risks with cloud computing and virtualization; organizational resources, such as policies, standards, and guidelines for handling threats.

Monitoring and Diagnosing Networks  

Network monitors; system logs; introduction to hardening; patches; user account control; network security; baseline configurations; security audits; remediation policies; introduction to detection controls and prevention controls.

Understanding Devices and Infrastructure  

Network devices and technologies, including firewalls, routers, switches, web security gateways, VPN concentrators, protocol analyzers, spam filters, and more; unified threat management; network components and topology, including DMZ, subnetting, VLAN, and remote access; common protocols and services, including TCP/IP, FTPS, HTTPS, and more; mitigation and deterrent techniques.

Lesson Group 2: Computer Network Security

Access Control, Authentication, and Authorization  

Network administration principles, including rule-based management, firewall rules, router configuration, access control lists, network separation, log analysis, and more; criticality of layered security and hardening; authentication services; identification, authentication, and authorization; types of authorization; authentication tokens; multi-factor authentication; authentication factors; best practices for account management.

Protecting Wireless Networks  

Wired vs. wireless protection; troubleshooting wireless networks; types of common wireless attacks; IEEE 802 wireless standards; WPA2 and WEP/WAP applications.

Securing the Cloud  

Cloud computing defined; common features of cloud computing; virtualization; establishing host security; implementing appropriate controls to ensure cloud security.

Host, Data, and Application Security  

Application security to avoid flaw exposures; best practices for managing application and data risk; application security controls and techniques including fuzzing, hardening, server-side vs. client-side validation; securing mobile devices, including key management, credential management, authentication, encryption, and whitelisting; establishing secure hosts, including operating system security and settings; OS hardening; anti-malware technologies; patch management; host-based firewalls, intrusion detection, and baselining; best practice controls.

Lesson Group 3: Computer Network Security


Encryption defined; typical encryption programs through the years; modern encryption technologies; hardware-based encryption devices; other encryption concepts, including session keys, hashing, key escrow, digital signatures, and more; cryptographic methods, including WEP, WPA/WPA2, MD4, DES, and public-key infrastructure (PKI); certificate management.

Malware, Vulnerabilities, and Threats  

Common types of malware, including adware, viruses, spyware, Trojans, rootkits, and more; types of network attacks, including Denial of Service, DDoS, spoofing, spam, phishing, pharming, DNS poisoning, and more; common application attacks, including SQL injection, XML injection, buffer overflow, cookies, session hijacking, and more; tools and techniques for discovering security threats and vulnerabilities; application security controls and techniques.

Social Engineering and Other Foes  

Social engineering defined; typical social engineering attacks, including shoulder surfing, dumpster diving, impersonation, hoaxes, and more; reasons social engineering attacks are effective; types of controls to prevent and mitigate attacks; physical security controls; environmental controls; data policies; authentication, authorization, and access controls applied.

Lesson Group 4: Computer Network Security

Security Administration  

Best practices for security administration; integrating third-party systems; security implications for systems integration; interoperability agreements (SLA, BPA, MOU, ISA); social media networks and implications; user policies and procedures; security-related awareness and training; information classification schemes; information privacy regulations and rules; legal compliance; user habits; new threats and trends; controlling and securing mobile devices; security risks in static environments.

Disaster Recovery and Incident Response  

Understanding of business continuity and disaster recovery concepts; enterprise-wide risks and recovery plans; best practices for incident responses; basic forensic procedures; incident response procedures; backup plans; penetration testing; vulnerability scanning.

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Why choose Ashworth College career school for your Computer Network Security training?

  • Your Computer Network Security training tuition will be among the most affordable online courses available.
  • Your Computer Network Security training will feature the most up-to-date information regarding all aspects of the field.
  • Your Computer Network Security training will cover material developed by experienced computer network security professionals, experts and widely-published authors.
  • Your Computer Network Security training will include numerous interactive activities, videos, labs, and test preparation tips that reinforce key ideas and enhance your multimedia experience.
  • Your Computer Network Security training will prepare you to the take the CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 exam.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Your Computer Network Security Training

Students in the Ashworth College online Computer Network Security course learn industry data protection standards and guidelines so they can successfully assist in creating and enforcing effective network administration policies and procedures.

Employers are looking for Computer Network Security support specialists who can:

  • Test and evaluate existing network systems
  • Perform regular maintenance to ensure that networks operate correctly
  • Troubleshoot local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and internet systems
  • Work closely with network and computer systems administrators

Ashworth College Student Reviews

"I'm proud to be a graduate. I highly recommend Ashworth to everybody."
– Susan Neubach, Student

"I'm so proud of what I have achieved and the confidence that I have now. I'm just delighted to be a graduate!"
– Jessie Schmid, Student

"I love Ashworth College because I don't have to take student loans to pay my school fees. It is affordable and you can study at your own time."
– Michell Oberly, Student

Your Computer Network Security Course Includes:

  • Lessons, videos and interactive activities created by computer security professionals
  • Preparation for the CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 certification exam
  • Online exams and assessments
  • Access to Academic Advisors
  • Access to a Learning Resource Center and Library via Proquest
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the Student Portal
  • Personalized Career Guidance
  • Ability to interact with peer students, faculty, and staff through our exclusive online community

What features should I look for in the Computer Network Security training program at Ashworth College compared to other schools' programs?

It's important that the program you choose includes the latest information on computer network security. Look for a program that has only the lesson content you need to know; a program that's focused on the skills you need to become a computer professional; and a program that provides certification preparation.

Do I need previous experience in field to enroll in the Computer Network Security Career Diploma program?

No, you don't need previous experience to enroll in the Computer Network Security Career Diploma program. This program is designed to teach you the skills needed to enter the field.

Is this Computer Network Security course all online or do I get books?

There are no textbooks associated with this program. All the materials you need are provided in customized, online lessons.

Computer Network Security training at Ashworth College can help open the door to a satisfying career in the computer network security industry. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.