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Network & Security Support Specialist

Get the comprehensive networking training you’ll need to advance your IT career and to prepare for CompTIA’s A+, Security, and Network certifications as well as Cisco’s CCNA credential.

Network & Security Support Specialist

Get the comprehensive networking training you’ll need to advance your IT career and to prepare for CompTIA’s A+, Security, and Network certifications as well as Cisco’s CCNA credential.

13 Weeks

Program Length

A+/Network/Security/CCNA

Certification

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Career Insight

What Can a Network and Security Support Specialist Do?

Technology is complicated, and it isn’t an area where companies can afford to fall behind. It’s essential to every business, large or small. That means that with the collection of nationally recognized network and security certifications you can earn through this program, you’ll also be essential to companies in need of professionals skilled in IT security, network installation, and firewall protection. Some of your daily tasks will include installing and configuring devices, implementing and monitoring security on networks, and finally, responding quickly to security breaches.

A few examples of tasks you’ll perform as a Network and Security Support Specialist with CompTIA A+, Security+, Network+, and Citco CCNA credentials, include:

 

 Troubleshooting common cable, connectivity, and software issues related to networking

 Performing threat analysis and responding with appropriate mitigation techniques

 Troubleshooting PC and mobile device issues

 Working with IT operations to set up a shared disaster recovery/business continuity plan

JOB OUTLOOK

Potential Career Paths

Earning stackable certifications propels you to an advanced IT career with highly employable skills and demonstrates your mastery of advanced computer network and cybersecurity skill-sets. Demand for cybersecurity jobs is skyrocketing, and armed with the foundational IT, network, and security skills taught in this program, you can leverage your technology and analytical skills into a challenging position solving problems as part of an IT security team.

This program will prepare you to take the CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and Cisco CCNA certification exams.

Individuals who have earned these credentials have the skills to find jobs as:

 Security Infrastructure Specialist

 Security Consultant

 Network Security Specialist

 IT Infrastructure Administrator

24,900

ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS AVAILABLE IN THE US

 

According to Burning Glass jobs data, demand for Security and Network specialists is expected to grow 8.2% over the next 10 years. According to ziprecruiter.com, “the majority of CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist salaries currently range between $48,000 (25th percentile) to $104,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $143,000 annually across the United States.”

Note: Salaries can vary widely depending on education, experience, employer, and even geographic area. Job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights, ziprecruiter.com, and the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Data is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

 

24,900

ENTRY-LEVEL JOBS AVAILABLE IN THE US

 

According to Burning Glass jobs data, demand for Security and Network specialists is expected to grow 8.2% over the next 10 years. According to ziprecruiter.com, “the majority of CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist salaries currently range between $48,000 (25th percentile) to $104,000 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $143,000 annually across the United States.”

Note: Salaries can vary widely depending on education, experience, employer, and even geographic area. Job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights, ziprecruiter.com, and the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. Data is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

 

JOB OUTLOOK

Potential Career Paths

Earning stackable certifications propels you to an advanced IT career with highly employable skills and demonstrates your mastery of advanced computer network and cybersecurity skill-sets. Demand for cybersecurity jobs is growing, and armed with the foundational IT, network, and security skills taught in this program, you can leverage your technology and analytical skills into a challenging position solving problems as part of an IT security team.

This program will prepare you to take the CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and Cisco CCNA certification exams.

Individuals who have earned these credentials have the skills to find jobs as:

 Security Infrastructure Specialist

 Security Consultant

Network Security Specialist

  IT Infrastructure Administrator

Here's How It Works

GET TRAINED

Learn at your own pace with our expert-led online training modules.

TAKE EXAMS

Review past quizzes and tests, and take advantage of skills demonstrations and activities to prepare for the certification exam.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

NTI's Career Services team will connect you with employers hiring for entry-level roles in your field.

Here's How It Works

GET TRAINED

Learn at your own pace with our expert-let online training modules.

TAKE EXAMS

Review past quizzes and tests, and take advantage of skills demonstrations and activities to prepare for the certification exam.

CONNECT WITH EMPLOYERS

NTI's Career Services team will connect you with employers hiring for entry-level roles in your field.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Network and Security Support Specialist

CompTIA A+ Network + Security + CCNA

Earning this portfolio of professional certifications demonstrates to employers that you are well versed in how to handle the technical, security, and network infrastructure challenges and issues that computing has today.

Having the CompTIA A+ certification proves to employers that you can think on your feet to perform critical IT support tasks. 

CompTIA Security+ will equip you with baseline cybersecurity skills to secure systems, software, and hardware and are are applicable to many of today’s job functions.

CompTIA Network+ will provide you with the foundation-level skills you’ll need to install, operate, manage, support, and troubleshoot a corporate network.

The CCNA-prep program teaches the basics of networking, IP services, security fundamentals, automation, and programmability to equip you with the skills required to manage and optimize today’s most advanced networks.

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to sit for the following certifications:

CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and 220-1002, CompTIA N10-007 Network+, CompTIA Security+ SY0-501, Cisco 200-301 – Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA).

Scheduling Details

Schedule: Coursework available 24/7

Total Course Hours: 260

Estimated Completion Time: 

Set your own pace…You decide how quickly you want to get certified.

  • Students who commit 20 hours/week can complete in 13 weeks.
  • Students who commit 10 hours/week can complete in 26 weeks.

Maximum time to complete: Students have access to the online course materials for 12 months.

Instruction & Evaluation Strategies
  • Expert-led online video training
  • Skills demonstrations, simulations, and online activities to aid learning
  • Quizzes and Exams
Books and Materials Used:
  • No textbooks are required for this course.
  • This course includes FREE access for 12 months to a cloud-based lab platform to assist students to develop the practical information technology (IT) skills necessary to succeed in high in demand IT jobs.  This cloud-based lab solution uses real equipment that enables our students to execute each practical task in a safe environment that is accessible from anywhere without needing to buy their own hardware or risk damage to their own system. Along with providing the necessary hardware in a virtual environment, students gain access to high-quality practical exercises that cover many of the exam topics they will encounter on their certifying exams.
  • Certification exam vouchers are included in the cost of the program.
Outline/Lessons

CompTIA A+ 200-1001 and 220-1002 Curriculum:

  • Lesson 1: Troubleshooting
  • Lesson 2: Motherboards and CPUs
  • Lesson 3: Computer power supplies
  • Lesson 4: Memory
  • Lesson 5: Computer expansion
  • Lesson 6: Physical storage
  • Lesson 7: Input-output devices
  • Lesson 8: Display Devices
  • Lesson 9: Operating systems
  • Lesson 10: Windows management
  • Lesson 11: Network basics
  • Lesson 12: Network cables and connectors
  • Lesson 13: Network protocols
  • Lesson 14: Wireless networking
  • Lesson 15: Windows networking
  • Lesson 16: Virtualization and cloud computing
  • Lesson 17: Mobile devices
  • Lesson 18: Security principles
  • Lesson 19: Security technologies
  • Lesson 20: Securing devices and data
  • Lesson 21: SOHO network configuration
  • Lesson 22: Printers and multi-function print devices
  • Lesson 23: Custom computers
  • Lesson 24: Operational procedures
  • Lesson 26: 3D Objects
  • Lesson 27: Avatar based simulation

CompTIA Network+ N10-007 Curriculum:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Computer Network Fundamentals
  • Lesson 3: The OSI Reference Model
  • Lesson 4: Network Components
  • Lesson 5: Ethernet Technology
  • Lesson 6: IPv4 and IPv6 Addresses
  • Lesson 7: Routing IP Packets
  • Lesson 8: Wide Area Networks (WANs)
  • Lesson 9: Wireless Technologies
  • Lesson 10: Network Optimization
  • Lesson 11: Command-Line Tools
  • Lesson 12: Network Management
  • Lesson 13: Network Security
  • Lesson 14: Network Policies and Best Practices
  • Lesson 15: Network Troubleshooting

CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Curriculum:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Security
  • Lesson 3: Computer Systems Security Part I
  • Lesson 4: Computer Systems Security Part II
  • Lesson 5: OS Hardening and Virtualization
  • Lesson 6: Application Security
  • Lesson 7: Network Design Elements
  • Lesson 8: Networking Protocols and Threats
  • Lesson 9: Network Perimeter Security
  • Lesson 10: Securing Network Media and Devices
  • Lesson 11: Physical Security and Authentication Models
  • Lesson 12: Access Control Methods and Models
  • Lesson 13: Vulnerability and Risk Assessment
  • Lesson 14: Monitoring and Auditing
  • Lesson 15: Encryption and Hashing Concepts
  • Lesson 16: PKI and Encryption Protocols
  • Lesson 17: Redundancy and Disaster Recovery
  • Lesson 18: Social Engineering, User Education, and Facilities Security
  • Lesson 19: Policies and Procedures

Cisco CCNA 200-301 Part 1 Curriculum:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Networking
  • Lesson 2: Implementing Ethernet LANs
  • Lesson 3: Implementing VLANs and STP
  • Lesson 4: IPv4 Addressing
  • Lesson 5: IPv4 Routing
  • Lesson 6: OSPF
  • Lesson 7: IP Version 6
  • Lesson 8: IP Version 6

Cisco CCNA 200-301 Part 2 Curriculum:

  • Lesson 1: IP Access Control Lists
  • Lesson 2: Security Services
  • Lesson 3: Services
  • Lesson 4: Network Architecture
  • Lesson 5: Network Automation
  • Lesson 6: Final Review
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Upon successful completion students will be able to:

On completion of the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) course, you will be able to:

  • Install and configure PC system unit components and peripheral devices.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot display and multimedia devices.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot storage devices.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot internal system components.
  • Explain network infrastructure concepts.
  • Configure and troubleshoot network connections.
  • Implement client virtualization and cloud computing.
  • Support and troubleshoot laptops.
  • Support and troubleshoot mobile devices.
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot print devices.

On completion of the CompTIA A+ Core 2 (220-1002) course, you will be able to:

  • Support operating systems.
  • Install, configure, and maintain operating systems.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot Microsoft Windows.
  • Configure and troubleshoot network connections.
  • Manage users, workstations, and shared resources.
  • Implement physical security.
  • Secure workstations and data.
  • Troubleshoot workstation security issues.
  • Support and troubleshoot mobile devices.
  • Implement operational procedures. 

On completion of the Network + course, you will be able to achieve the following:

  • Compare OSI model network functions.
  • Deploy ethernet cabling.
  • Deploy ethernet switching.
  • Troubleshoot Ethernet networks.
  • Explain IPv4 addressing.
  • Support IPv4 and IPv6 networks.
  • Configure and troubleshoot routers.
  • Explain network topologies and types.
  • Explain transport layer protocols.
  • Explain network services.
  • Explain network applications.
  • Ensure network availability.
  • Explain common security concepts.
  • Support and troubleshoot secure networks.
  • Deploy and troubleshoot wireless networks.
  • Compare WAN links and remote access methods.
  • Explain organizational and physical security concepts.
  • Explain disaster recovery and high availability concepts.
  • Apply network hardening techniques.
  • Summarize cloud and datacenter architecture.
  • Upon Security + course completion, students will be able to:
  • Compare security roles and security controls
  • Explain threat actors and threat intelligence
  • Perform security assessments and identify social engineering attacks and malware types
  • Summarize basic cryptographic concepts and implement public key infrastructure
  • Implement authentication controls
  • Implement identity and account management controls
  • Implement secure network designs, network security appliances, and secure network protocols
  • Implement host, embedded/Internet of Things, and mobile security solutions
  • Implement secure cloud solutions
  • Explain data privacy and protection concepts
  • Perform incident response and digital forensics
  • Summarize risk management concepts and implement cybersecurity resilience
  • Explain physical security

Upon completion of CCNA course, you will be able to:

  • Explain network technologies and how devices access local and remote networks.
  • Describe router hardware.
  • Explain how switching operates in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Design an IPv4 and IPv6 addressing scheme to provide network connectivity for a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Configure initial settings on a network device using Cisco command-line interface (CLI).
  • Implement basic network connectivity between devices.
  • Be introduced to the two major models used to plan and implement networks: OSI and TCP/IP
  • Gain an understanding of the “layered” approach to networks
  • Examine the OSI and TCP/IP layers in detail to understand their functions and service
  • Describe router hardware.
  • Explain how switching operates in a small to medium-sized business network.
  • Become familiar with the various network devices and network addressing schemes
  • Discover the types of media used to carry data across the network
Prerequisites

CCNA Certification:

There are no formal prerequisites you’ll need to meet prior to taking the Cisco CCNA exam, however, one or more years of experience implementing and administering Cisco solutions is recommended.

CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+:

It is recommended, but not required, that a typical student taking the CompTIA courses should have a minimum of nine months or more of professional computer support experience as a PC or help desk technician. Networking experience is helpful but not mandatory.

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