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Certified Network Defender (CND)

Course Code: ITSY-1079

Course Description

The Certified Network Defender (CND) certification program focuses on creating Network Administrators who are trained on protecting, detecting and responding to the threats on the network. Network administrators are usually familiar with network components, traffic, performance and utilization, network topology, location of each system, security policy, etc. A CND will get the fundamental understanding of the true construct of data transfer, network technologies, software technologies so that the they understand how networks operate, understand what software is automating and how to analyze the subject material. In addition, network defense fundamentals, the application of network security controls, protocols, perimeter appliances, secure IDS, VPN and firewall configuration, intricacies of network traffic signature, analysis and vulnerability scanning are also covered which will help the Network Administrator design greater network security policies and successful incident response plans. CND is a skills-based, lab intensive program based on a job-task analysis and cybersecurity education framework presented by the National Initiative of Cybersecurity Education (NICE). This course prepares you for EC-Council Certified Network Defender exam 312-38 and students will need to purchase the books and labs from the EC-Council and the cost is approximately $305.00. Instructions will be provided in class on the first day and students will be given the link to obtain and pay for the materials in class using their credit card. The certification exam voucher is not included with the class and is optional but may be purchased from the EC-Council for approximately $350. Instructions will be provided in class on the first day and students will be given the link to obtain and pay for the materials in class. The suggested prerequisite is: basic computer literacy, basic PC operating system navigation skills, basic internet usage skills, basic IP addressing knowledge, computer security knowledge and skills and Network + certification or equivalent knowledge is highly recommended.

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