Course Code: CSU-IT-CTS

Course Duration: 6 months

Contact Hours: 375

Tuition: $3999

The CompTIA Security+ course provides students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to become an IT security professional. This course is designed to fully prepare students to sit for and pass the CompTIA Security+ certification exam. Students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to identify risk and participate in risk mitigation activities as well as provide infrastructure, application, operational and information security. They will also acquire the knowledge necessary to apply security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity and availability, as well as how to identify appropriate technologies and products. Finally, students will gain an awareness of applicable policies, laws and regulations with regard to IT security.

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There are several National Certification exams that are available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • CompTIA Security+ (SY0-401) Certification Exam
      • NOTE: CompTIA® recommends candidates for the CompTIA A+Exam have a minimum of two years of experience in It administration with a focus on security
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe common risks, vulnerabilities and controls
  • Explain the triple constraint of information security
  • Analyze and differentiate between types of malware and attacks
  • Identify risks for common system hardware and peripherals
  • Describe principles of software, data and host security
  • Implement OS hardening procedures
  • Identify common types of programming attacks
  • Implement secure browsing practices
  • Describe security vulnerabilities unique to virtualized environments
  • Explain the purpose and vulnerabilities of common network devices
  • Identify and secure common ports and protocols
  • Describe security concerns unique to cloud computing environments
  • Identify IDS and IPS solutions for host and network defense
  • Describe differences in Access Control identification, authentication and authorization
  • Identify various methods for access authentication
  • Implement logical access control methods
  • Distinguish between discretionary, mandatory, rule- and role-based access control
  • Identify various types of risk management strategies
  • Distinguish between management, technical and operational controls
  • Calculate risk using subjective and objective measures
  • Implement compliance audits for common security controls
  • Explain the difference between penetration testing and vulnerability scanning
  • Distinguish between symmetric and asymmetric forms of encryption
  • Explain the use of public-key/private-key pairs to encrypt and decrypt a secure message
  • Identify common security protocols (SSH, SSL, IPSec)
  • Explain basic hashing concepts
  • Distinguish between types of tickets, keys and certificate authorities in a PKI
  • Distinguish between business continuity and disaster recovery objectives & time frames
  • Implement common backup rotation cycles
  • Identify various types of redundant hardware and backup sites
  • Recognize various types of environmental control solutions
  • Identify RAID configurations for common availability and redundancy requirements
  • Analyze and distinguish between forms of social engineering
  • Describe the principles of operational security
  • Identify common personnel security policies
  • Describe data reminisce and secure disposal practices

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this Columbia Southern University program, students would be eligible to sit for the CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam from CompTIA® and the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Columbia Southern University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Columbia Southern University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Columbia Southern University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

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