Network Security - Certificate Program
If you're fascinated by using technology to solve and prevent security problems, EFSC offers a Network Security Certificate that can kickstart your career in the in-demand field of cybersecurity.
This certificate program prepares you for entry-level roles as a network security technician. You'll learn about network design, securing infrastructure and data, ethical hacking, incident response, and forensic analysis.
After completing the program, you can start working or continue your education. You can apply the credits earned toward the related Network Systems Technology A.S. degree. One advantage of starting with the Network Security CCC is that it provides core training specific to the job, without the need for placement testing or the general education courses required for the A.S. degree.
Network Security Certificate - Course Curriculum
In this program, you'll be introduced to foundational network security techniques and skills. You'll build on your knowledge of computer networking, operating systems, security protection and testing methods, and elements of forensic analysis.
Network Security - Certificate Program
- Certificate Type
- College Credit Certificate (CCC)
- Delivery Methods
- On-Campus, Hybrid
- Cocoa, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Titusville
- Total Credit Hours
- Academic Community
- Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
- Contact Information
Terry Lane, Program Advisor
Network Security Certificate - Admissions Information
If you're interested in this program, you can apply through the regular admissions process at Eastern Florida. The certificate program has ongoing enrollment, so you can apply or start taking classes at any time. If you have any questions speak with the program advisor.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
The total cost of in-state tuition and fees for this certificate program is around $3,120. Keep in mind that this amount does not cover additional expenses like lab fees and course materials. However, there are opportunities for eligible students to receive scholarships or financial aid, which can help lower the overall costs.
College Courses You Would Take
This program is designed to give you as much hands-on experience as possible with the latest security technologies. You'll have the opportunity to work in EFSC's labs to develop your skills and build your portfolio, which will help prepare you for the job market. Here are some examples of courses you'll take:
Focuses on intrusion detection while introducing concepts like information security, threats, network attacks and hacking, risk management, and malware.
Preps you for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Topics include networking information, media and topologies, protocols and standards, and more.
Develops skills in forensic investigative techniques using natural and physical sciences for computer data recovery.
Provides a broad understanding of network security, teaching you to assess security risks and prepare to take the CompTIA Security+ certification exam.
Why Study Network Security at Eastern Florida?
Enhanced Learning Opportunities
The department hosts a student club called Cyber Titans, which encourages students to participate in cyber defense competitions, capture the flag events, and attend cyber awareness presentations.
As a student in this program, you'll have the opportunity to participate in the National Cyber League twice a year — where in Spring of 2021, cybersecurity students from EFSC accomplished an impressive achievement by securing a spot in the top 50 rankings for the eastern region of the U.S.!
Hands-On Experience in Modern Facilities
EFSC has a cyber range offered by the EFSC Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics (CCDF). This simulates real enterprise networks, giving you valuable hands-on experience. The student-driven labs operate on isolated networks, allowing you to test and enhance your cyber defense skills in realistic scenarios.
The CCFD also facilitates internships specifically designed for cybersecurity and computer science students, providing experience and networking that can lead to jobs.
Industry Certification Prep
Industry certifications have become crucial in today's digital workforce, allowing individuals to showcase their expertise in specific technical areas, making them highly desirable to employers. At EFSC, you'll have the opportunity to participate in various free CompTIA boot camps that are specifically designed to help you obtain industry certifications. Upon successful completion of the boot camps, you'll receive a complimentary voucher to take the certification exams.
Related Computer and Cybersecurity Programs
EFSC's computer programs share common core courses, allowing you to start courses and choose your final IT program goals along the way. As you consider the Network Security CCC, explore the other certificate options. Plus check out the three computer A.S. degrees and the BAS option you can move on to with an A.S.