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IT Security Training in California

Objective: This Information Technology Security certification program is designed to give the student experience recognizing network vulnerabilities and maximizing network security. In addition, students are introduced to the Unix/Linux operating systems, including setup, configuration and user management. Students will also learn the basics of Cisco routers, including setup and configuration of many LAN (Local Area Network) and WAN (Wide Area Network) technologies, as well as the basics of web design and Microsoft Office.

Graduates of our IT Security certification program are prepared for entry-level positions as network administrators, network consultants, network engineers, network technicians or systems engineers.

As a Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance (MSDN AA) member, Empire College uses a teaching program prescribed by Microsoft that prepares graduates for the following certifications:

  • CompTIA A+ Technician
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Microsoft certification at the product level (MCP-Microsoft Certified Professional) in 4 areas:
    • Windows 7 Professional
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) Windows Server 2012: With completion of the three MCP certifications, the student will have achieved the highly regarded MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.
    • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
    • Administering Windows Server 2012
    • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Certifications are not required to be employed in the career field or to graduate from the program, but they are highly recommended. Exams may be taken at the on-campus Prometric/VUE Testing Center. Exam fees vary, ranging from $60 to $225.

Expected Educational Outcomes:  Upon completing the Specialized Associate degree in Information Technology – Security Concentration program, students will have demonstrated:

  1. The ability to provide customer and user support for computer systems and networking products including Microsoft Windows, Novell Netware, Linux cross platform connectivity and numerous software products
  2. An understanding of Microsoft Windows operating systems including setup, configuration, and file and user management, as well as router configuration
  3. An ability to design and configure a PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)
  4. An understanding of network data packets, the ability to create and design network firewalls and intrusion detection systems
  5. An understanding of strong authentication, including the use of biometric, key fobs and smart cards
  6. An understanding of various types of network vulnerabilities and the types of attacks used to penetrate a network
  7. The critical thinking skills required to analyze network connectivity problems and make necessary judgments to troubleshoot hardware and software
  8. The ability to interact with users/customers in a professional, businesslike manner
  9. Proficiency with web authoring and Microsoft Office

Program Length: 7 quarters
A Specialized (Occupational) Associate degree will be awarded upon successful completion of all graduation requirements. Click here to view a course outline of the Security concentration.

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