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Cybersecurity Analyst Diploma Program

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Cybersecurity Analyst Diploma Program – Recognized by DND/CAF

(66 Weeks offered in Ottawa and Arnprior)

The Willis College Cybersecurity Analyst Program (CSA) prepares students for a career in many areas of Cybersecurity. These careers include: Cybersecurity Operator, Cybersecurity Analyst, Penetration Tester, Security Administrator, and other related Analyst, Tester and Specialist roles.  Students will become skilled in the configuration of security devices, computers, routers, switches, operating systems, email, databases, applications, script development and secure coding practices. Additionally, students will be able to analyze, identify and document security vulnerabilities – and provide strategies for mitigating those vulnerabilities.

 

All instructional material in this program is based upon industry standard certification requirements from well-known experts in the field such as: CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, The Linux Professional Institute and industry experts Sophos, Fortinet, Checkpoint and Sonicwall.

 

In this program students will learn to:

  1. Securely deploy computers, operating systems, networking hardware and applications.
  2. Securely deploy Windows servers, domains, roles and services.
  3. Securely deploy Linux based servers and services.
  4. Securely deploy crucial services such as DHCP, DNS, Access Policy and Authentication.
  5. Securely deploy crucial Microsoft business infrastructure such as Exchange and SQL Server.
  6. Test for and identify system wide vulnerabilities and provide documented evidence and suggestions for mitigating those vulnerabilities.
  7. Deploy network security devices and apply industry best practices to strengthen security and mitigate vulnerabilities.
  8. Think like a Hacker – and know a Hacker’s tools and methods of exploitation so countermeasures can be taken to secure against them.

 

The following sections provide details of the individual courses that comprise the CSA Program.

 

Computing Hardware and Host Based Security

This course will cover the hardware and software foundations utilized within a host based computing environment. Topics covered will include assembly, installation, configuration, upgrading and troubleshooting of PC based hosts.  Students will develop “hands on” experience within a scenario based lab environment in order to identify software and hardware host based vulnerability issues and will execute industry best practice remediation procedures.

This course is based upon material which covers CompTIA A+ Certification exam requirements.

 

Network Architecture Design and Operations

This course will provide students with foundational knowledge and skills required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot today’s wired and wireless network devices. This course will also provide students with an understanding of emerging technologies such as unified communications, mobile, cloud, and virtualization technologies.  Within a lab environment students will design and implement a secure and trusted network infrastructure and will gain a solid understanding of network operations and management.

This course is based upon material which covers CompTIA Net+ Certification exam requirements.

Windows Network Administration and Security I – Core Infrastructure

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to implement and secure a core Windows Server infrastructure including the configuration of networking services, virtualization, Active Directory, DNS, group policies, encryption and security. Students will also learn to administer and manage server accounts, network services, group policies and network security.  Students will learn to apply best practices for vulnerability analysis and server hardening. Students will develop and implement several mitigation strategies including,  administrative controls, server hardening, policy enforcement and privilege restriction.

This course is based upon material which covers Microsoft Server Installation and Configuration Certification exam requirements.

Windows Network Administration and Security II – Active Directory Services

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to  administer and  maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure. These skills include things  such as configuring and troubleshooting name resolution, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as DirectAccess, VPNs and Web Application Proxy, implementing Network Policies and Network Access Protection, Data Security, deployment and maintenance of server images, as well as update management and monitoring of Windows Server 2012 environments.

This course is based upon material which covers Microsoft Server Administration Certification exam requirements.

 

Windows Network Administration and Security III – Advanced Services

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to configure advanced services necessary to deploy, manage, and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as advanced networking services, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS), Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), Network Load Balancing, failover clustering, business continuity, and disaster-recovery services. This course also covers access and information provisioning, and protection technologies such as Dynamic Access Control (DAC), and Web Application Proxy integration with ADFS and Workplace Join.

This course is based upon material which covers Microsoft Server Advanced Features Certification exam requirements.

 

Windows Application  Security I – Databases

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to maintain and secure a Microsoft SQL Server database. The course focuses on teaching individuals how to use SQL Server
product features and tools related to maintaining a database.

This course is based upon material which covers Microsoft  SQL Server Certification exam requirements.

 

Windows Application  Security II – Messaging Services

This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan, deploy, manage, secure, and support Microsoft® Exchange Server. This course will teach you how to configure Exchange Server and supply you with the information you will need to monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot Exchange Server. This course will also provide guidelines, best practices, and considerations that will help you optimize performance and minimize errors and security threats in Exchange Server.

This course is based upon material which covers Microsoft Exchange Server Certification exam requirements.

 

Linux Systems Administration and Security

Students will acquire the fundamental knowledge and hands on experience with Linux systems architecture, package management, system services, file systems, administrative tasks, security, data, and accessibility. This course will provide students with advance level knowledge and “hands on” training with Linux device management, E-mail, network services, kernel compilation and Linux security. Within a Linux network lab environment, students will develop the required knowledge, skills and abilities to patch, secure and harden Linux infrastructure. Students will also be introduced to the various industry standard distributions of Secure Edition (SE) Linux.

This course is based upon material which covers LPIC-1 Exam 1 Certification exam requirements.

 

Network Security Technology I – Routing & Switching

In this course the student learns network design and troubleshooting, routed and routing protocols, router configurations, LAN switching theory, virtual LANs,  router and switch security, WAN theory and design and WAN technology.

This course is based upon material which covers the Cisco CCNA certification

 

Network Security and Unified Threat Management I

In this course students will gain the knowledge and understanding of commercial network security and Unified Threat Management (UTM) Solutions. Students will install and configure a live security environment implementing firewall policies, VPNs, virus detection, web filtering, application control, user authentication.  Advanced level design threat management lab scenarios will include threat malware mitigation, firewall policies, SSL, IPsec and VPN tunneling.

This course is based upon material which covers an industry partner certification exam requirements.

 

Network Security and Unified Threat Management II

In this course students will gain the knowledge and understanding of commercial network security and Unified Threat Management (UTM) Solutions. Students will install and configure a live security environment implementing firewall policies, VPNs, virus detection, web filtering, application control, user authentication.  Advanced level design threat management lab scenarios will include threat malware mitigation, firewall policies, SSL, IPsec and VPN tunneling.

This course is based upon material which covers another industry partner certification exam requirements.

 

Cybersecurity Operations and Threat Analysis

As attackers have learned to evade traditional signature-based solutions such as firewalls, an analytics-based approach within the IT security industry is increasingly important for most organizations. The behavioral analytics skills covered in this course will provide students with security skills to identify and combat malware, advanced persistent threats (APTs) across a broad attack surface. Trained within an operational style lab environment students will develop the required skills perform, network reconnaissance, threat identification, threat mitigation, vulnerabilities analysis, security incidents investigation, security issues monitoring and cyber security threat analysis.

This course is based upon material which covers CompTIA CySA+ Certification exam requirements.

 

Hands-On Ethical Hacking and Network Defense

This course will provide students with knowledge and hands on skills in Ethical Hacking, Red Team / Blue Team and Cyber Defense Counter Measures.  With exposure to various live lab attack scenarios, students will gain a solid understanding of Hacker attack vectors, techniques, methodologies and tools.  Working within Blue Teams / Red Teams, students will participate in complex threat scenarios with a focus on Foot Printing and Reconnaissance, Social Engineering, Network Scanning, Enumeration and Cryptography.

Through secure live lab simulations you will “Hack to Learn” in order to better understand and defend against the “Hacker Mindset”.  Real world attack simulations include: System Hacking, Denial of Service and Session Hijacking, Web Application & Server Attacks, SQL injections, Wireless & Mobile Hacking, Evasion of  IDS & Firewalls & Honeypots and offensive security tactics.  Upon completion of this course you will possess the necessary knowledge and skills within the domain of Hacking and Penetration Testing.

This course is based upon material which covers industry standard certification exam requirements.

 

Business IT Skills I

This module will provide students with a framework that will assist them in the development of the required blend of technical knowledge and soft skills needed to be competitive upon entering the labour market. Students will be introduced to helpful tools, online resources and methodologies that will be useful throughout their IT Career.

 

Career Management

Our Career Management program will introduce and allow students to apply the most effective strategies to achieve employment in the career of their choice. Topics that are covered; effective job search strategies, cover letter and strategic resume writing, effective interviewing skills and interview preparation.

 

Effective Learning & Career Planning

This course is aimed at providing insights and knowledge for the adult learning going back to school. It introduces and establishes appropriate learning expectations, creating awareness for the importance to develop the skills necessary for academic and professional success. It examines policies and procedures as well as study, career planning, and communication skills.

 

Co-op Placement

Each student could perform or job shadow at their placement a combination of the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout the program, including to working well with others and exhibit professional demeanor in the work place. Understand organization’s value by keeping information confidential.

 

 

 

 

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