Fundamentals of Network Security - Riverland

Fundamentals of Network Security

This one-year Riverland program will teach you to design and implement security solutions that can reduce the risk of revenue loss and vulnerability. Your classes will be a combination of hands-on experience, instructor led training and e-learning, just as it is with the current courses offered by Cisco Networking Academy.

There will be particular emphasis on: security policy design and management; security technologies, products and solutions; firewall and secure router design, installation, configuration and maintenance; AAA implementation using routers and firewalls; VPN implementation using routers and firewalls; and how to properly conduct a computer forensics investigation.

What will I study?

This certificate program will help to prepare you for the following network industry standard certifications:

Program Outcomes
  • Identify business security requirements using risk assessment methods.
  • Possess an in-depth, theoretical understanding of network security principles and technologies.
  • Develop comprehensive security policies that enforce security requirements and mitigate security threats.
  • Demonstrate security awareness implications in creating the culture and climate necessary for an effective security policy.
Course Listings
  • Network Security Fundamentals
  • Computer Forensics and Investigations


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Wages & Outlook

This career is seeing very high growth compared to other careers.

There will be a need for about 2,983 new Information Security Analysts to meet market demand between 2018-2028. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

(source: Minnesota State CAREERwise Education)

Typical Work Tasks
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
  • Document operational procedures.
  • Collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues.
  • Monitor the security of digital information. 

(source: Minnesota State CAREERwise Education)

Job Title Examples
  • Systems Administrator
  • Telecommunications Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Consultant
  • Network Manager
  • Network Technician
  • Networking Systems and Distributed Systems Engineer
  • System Programmer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems Specialist 

(source: Minnesota State CAREERwise Education)

What Technology will I be able to access?

  • Cisco Networking Academy
  • Azure Dev Tools for Teaching
  • Microsoft Operating Systems and Applications
  • VMware Applications
  • Brightspace LMS


The college offers several scholarships for students to help with the cost of their education.

Next Steps..

Want to learn more about Riverland Community College? For more information about Riverland or to request program-specific materials, please complete the request information form

Last Updated: March 15, 2017

    Quick Facts
  • Certificate
  • 21 Credits | Two Semesters
  • Location: Austin, Online Course(s)
  • Offering: Fall

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