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Cybersecurity Specialist Training
Train to become a Cybersecurity Analyst, Security Hacker, or IT Security Specialist. Jumpstart your prep for leading IT security certifications. Get to work faster with this accelerated 12-month program.
*This program is currently available online*
Cybersecurity Specialist Training Overview
Herzing College Ottawa offers an accelerated 12-month Cybersecurity Specialist training program. This program is developed by industry experts and based on leading IT security certifications.
- 12-month diploma program (20 hours/week)
- 5-week internship
- Includes 940 hours of practical cybersecurity training and 100 hours of internship
- Taught by industry experts with years of IT security experience
- Step-by-step help from our Career Development team to find and apply for cybersecurity jobs
- Multiple start-dates; enroll at any time
- Financial aid may be available to those who qualify (our Admissions team will help you apply)
IT Security Certifications
Herzing’s Cybersecurity Specialist training includes preparation for leading IT security certifications and designations.
- Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
- Cyber Security Practitioner (CSXP)
Note: You will also require 3-5 years of relevant work experience to qualify for certification.
Cybersecurity is one of the world’s fastest growing careers. There is very strong demand for cybersecurity specialists throughout Canada and across the globe, but not enough professionals to fill those roles.
- There are currently thousands of unfilled cybersecurity jobs in Canada (source: Deloitte)
- Experts estimate at least 1.8 million unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide by 2022 (source: csis.org)
Cybersecurity Job Options
Graduates of Herzing’s Cybersecurity Specialist training are qualified to pursue careers as:
- Security Analysts
- Security Hackers
- Ethical Hackers
- Cybersecurity Consultants
- Cybersecurity Specialists
Each Cybersecurity course features best practices and hands-on training (labs) in the latest cybersecurity tools and technologies.
In this program, you will learn:
- A complete overview of cybersecurity, including threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, incident response and recovery, and application security
- How to implement best practices in security for Windows systems
- Linux and Unix security tactics, including mitigating or eliminating common vulnerabilities, and system monitoring
- The fundamentals of network monitoring and best practices for securing VLANs
- Best practices and tools for web application security
- Cloud security tools and implementations
- Computer hacking and digital forensics
- Comprehensive tools and techniques for ethical hacking
- Numerous procedures and methods for disaster recovery and system restoration
Click below for detailed Cybersecurity course descriptions:
This course is an introduction to the field of cyber security. Students will be given an introductory overview of the various domains, concepts and principles of cyber security. Topics include security foundation concepts, threats, attacks and vulnerabilities, identity and access management, risk management, personal devices (BYOD), incident response and recovery, networks and communications, systems and application security.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of Windows systems and Active Directory domains. Students will become familiar with operating system security in general, and Windows security in particular. Students also will learn to use PowerShell, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), command-line and graphical tools to analyze Windows systems. Topics include PowerShell command essentials, password management, user right assignments, system security settings, file and share permissions, registry permissions and settings, Windows logging and continuous monitoring for Windows.
This course explores Linux and Unix security issues that include specific configuration guidance and practical, real-world examples, tips, and techniques. Students will learn how to mitigate or eliminate general problems that apply to Unix-like operating systems, including vulnerabilities in the password authentication system, file system, virtual memory system, and applications that commonly run on Linux and Unix. Topics include Linux basics, command-line tools and scripting, file permissions, file integrity, groups and privileges, patching, logging, and monitoring.
Students who complete the course will understand how networks work and generally how they should be secured. Students will learn how to securely configure VLANs, how to determine perimeter firewall requirements, how to configure routers and various network devices. In addition, students are guided through industry best practices for using network mapping tools and vulnerability scanners to assist the organization in securing the network. Topics include VLAN, Nmap, routers and switches confirm security, firewall, wireless and vulnerability assessment.
This course provides the opportunity to study the pool of technologies that make modern web applications work and the tools with which security practitioners can secure applications. Students are aided to learn the technologies which make the web work, including the basics of HTML, HTTP, AJAX, web servers and databases. Students also will learn the resources available from the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), focusing on their Top 10 vulnerabilities list. Topics include secure development practices, OWASP Top 10 list, authentication, session handling, data handling, logging and monitoring.
This course provides coverage of various cloud computing delivery models, security tools and implementations. It helps the students to advance their technical skills and knowledge to secure data, applications, and infrastructure in the cloud. Topics include cloud concepts, cloud data security, cloud platform & infrastructure security, cloud application security, Amazon Web Service (AWS), operations, legal issues, and compliance.
This course covers the use of various cybersecurity controls, implementations, and security operations. Students will be introduced to various proven techniques and tools needed to monitor and maintain the cybersecurity controls. Topics include monitoring specified cybersecurity controls, cybersecurity procedure execution, collecting event data, sending and receiving event data, and verifying identities and credentials.
This course is designed to provide an introduction of key concepts and procedures in digital forensic matters. Students will become familiar with key forensic investigation scenarios and will be directed to apply the techniques to acquire hands-on experience. Topics include the computer forensics investigation process, understanding file systems, operating system forensics, network forensics, and malware forensics.
This course introduces hacking tools and techniques used by hackers and information security practitioners. Introduction to the tools, techniques, and methodologies for penetration testing. Topics include introduction to penetration testing, scanning networks, enumeration, system testing, sniffing, denial-of-service, session hijacking, social engineering, scanning wireless networks and mobile platforms.
Students who complete the course will know the disaster recovery options and procedures used for various system restorations. This course ensures that students are exposed to several procedures and methods that help secure a network. Topics include disaster recovery and business continuity, cyber system restoration, backup site preparation and utilization, deficiency and error reporting.
What you need to get started.
- Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent (Ontario high school diploma or equivalent) or a mature student (19 years of age or older and has been removed from full-time high school for minimum 2 years)
*Students applying as mature students must demonstrate appropriate levels of math, English literacy, comprehension and/or written skills to warrant success and completion of program
- Pass an entrance test administered by Herzing College
- Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
- Note: admission to some programs may include additional requirements
RELATED TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS:
12 Months (20 hours/week)
Includes 5-week internship
Herzing College is a Fortinet Authorized Security Academy member
Fortinet is a global leader in cybersecurity, delivering a broad, integrated and automated security fabric to enable customers to accelerate their digital journey.
As an authorized security academy member, alumni and students of Herzing’s I.T. programs have access to Fortinet curriculum, which will prepare them to take Fortinet certification exams. Eligible students and alumni can take Fortinet courses free of charge and receive 1 voucher for a Fortinet exam ($400 value).
Click to view the Fortinet brochure and contact admissions for details. Some conditions apply.
Your Next Steps
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- Fill out the form to ask questions via email
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Why Choose this Program?
- Accelerated 12-month program that gets you to work faster
- 5-week internship for real work experience
- Over 900 hours of hands-on cybersecurity training and labs
- Learn from IT security experts with years of professional experience
- Small class sizes where every student gets step-by-step support
- Enjoy the Herzing Open Education Program (HOEP), which lets you take additional courses after you graduate, tuition-free!*
- Amazing Career Development team, who helps create your resume, prepare for interviews, and apply for cybersecurity jobs
- Herzing has a 55-year track record of effective IT training