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Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Security Certification

The Cisco Certified Network Associate Security Certification provides the knowledge and hands-on skills required to install, troubleshoot and monitor Cisco security network devices. Students who complete this course will be prepared to sit for the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) Security Certification exam, which is a stepping stone for job roles such as network security specialist and network security administrator. CCNA Security certification is a prerequisite for becoming a Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP).

The CCNA Security certification can:

  • Offer new IT professionals a rapid path to specialization in security.
  • Offer experienced networking professionals a path to enhance their careers with new security knowledge and skills.
  • Provide a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skill set and prepare for entry-level security specialist careers.
  • Help IT professionals, whether new or experienced, differentiate themselves in the marketplace with specialist skills in order to achieve success.
  • Serve as a major step in obtaining the CCSP certification for IT professionals wanting to pursue a career in security. It is a prerequisite for CCSP certification.

Types of Jobs

The Cisco CCNA Security certification validates the knowledge required to install, troubleshoot and monitor Cisco security network devices. In addition, CCNA Security confirms an individual's skills for job roles such as:

  • Network security specialist
  • Security administrator
  • Network security support engineer

Course Content

CIT 1121, Networking Fundamentals, 3 credit hours
Information on current and emerging internetworking technologies, including

  • Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) reference model
  • Binary numbers and Hexadecimal numbers
  • Address classes
  • Internet Protocol (IP) addressing and subnetting
  • Protocols
  • Standards
  • Basic electrical concepts
  • Cabling techniques

CIT 1122, Routing Protocols and Concepts, 3 credit hours
Practical skills required to verify and troubleshoot basic router configurations. Includes

  • Router configuration
  • Distance vector and link state routing protocols
  • Switching methods
  • Hub technology
  • Basic flow control methods
  • Layer 2 data link addressing
  • Layer 3 Internet Protocol (IP) addressing

CIT 1123, LAN Switching and Wireless, 3 credit hours

  • Routing techniques
  • Local Area Networks (LANs)
  • Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) design, configuration and maintenance
  • LAN configuration Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Access Control Lists (ACLs)
  • Internetwork Packet Exchange (IPX) protocols
  • Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP)
  • Network troubleshooting

CIT 1124, Accessing the WAN, 3 credits
Wider Area Network (WAN) topics, including

  • Frame encapsulation
  • Signaling standards
  • WAN design Point-to-Point (PPP)
  • Integrated Services Data Networks (ISDN)
  • Frame relay and network management

CIT 2251, CCNA Security, 3 credits
Topics include

  • Network security concepts
  • Developing a secure network
  • Defending the perimeter
  • Configuring AAA
  • Securing the router
  • Constructing a secure infrastructure
  • Implementing endpoint security
  • Providing Storage-Area Network (SAN) security
  • Securing voice solutions
  • Using Cisco firewalls to defend the network
  • Cryptography and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
  • Digital signatures
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and asymmetric encryption
  • Building a site-to-site Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) VPN solution

Prerequisite: CIT 1124 Accessing the WAN with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent; CCNA certification or consent of instructor

Contact Information

Dr. Felix Davis, Coordinator
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1536
(630) 942-2134

Nazia Naqvi, Program Advisor
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 1E13
(630) 942-2081

Dan Jacobson, Program Support Specialist

Business and Applied Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034
(630) 942-2592