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Cybersecurity Specialist

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The increased reliance on computer systems, the internet, and connected technologies has made cybersecurity a critical concern for organizations and individuals alike.  Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software, and data, from cyber threats and cyberattacks.
The Cybersecurity Specialist diploma program at Vancouver Career College will prepare students to access, plan, and implement cybersecurity defense strategies.
In 77 weeks, including a 210-hour practicum, learn how to plan, implement, administer, support, and secure networked computer systems and their users. In addition, you will learn how to monitor and evaluate networks for security risks and vulnerabilities.
Industry and vendor certifications have become a benchmark used by employers during the hiring process. The Cybersecurity Specialist program helps students prepare for certification examinations in the following areas:

  • Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+, Net+, Security+, CySA+, Pentest+
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)


Admission Requirements

High school graduation or equivalent* OR mature student status**.

*From an English language teaching institution.
**19 years of age upon starting classes, and pass college’s admissions test.

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

This program is 77 weeks in length.
  • IT Security Support Analyst  
  • Cybersecurity Network Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Network Security Specialist/Analyst
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Technician

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Program Courses
SSS4 / Student Success Strategies

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and study techniques to help foster effective learning and a positive educational experience. This course explores many different theories on learning and studying and how these theories can be applied to each student’s individual studying methods in order to develop a method that is both effective and efficient. Effective study habits and productive note-taking are key topics in this course, as well as the importance of values and goals. Through active participation in learner-centred activities, students will explore and practice strategies for setting personal goals, prioritizing tasks, managing time, and managing the stress that arises in school or work situations. This course will also equip students with a sound understanding of matters related to finance, credit, and debt and the critical implications they have on our lives. Students taking this course will complete the Enriched Academy program, which provides comprehensive coverage of financial and money management skills that will allow them to better save, budget, and manage their money and financial situations.

CA-ITF4 / IT Fundamentals

This course focuses on the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly performed by end-users and entry-level IT professionals. Students will learn to use the features and functions of common operating systems and establishing network connectivity. The course will explore common software applications and their purpose, security and web browsing best practices. By the end of this course, students will have gained foundational knowledge in IT concepts and terminology, IT infrastructure, applications, and software development, database fundamentals and security.

PC14 / Managing and Maintaining PCs (A+): Part 1

This course is the first of two courses that cover the general installation, maintenance and management of computer hardware and software resources. This first course focuses on the hardware resources that make up a computer system course will align to the Comptia A+ learning objectives. Students will learn about the operation of microcomputer systems, the various hardware components that makeup a computer system and how to troubleshoot common hardware problems.

PC24 / Managing and Maintaining PCs (A+): Part 2

This course is the second of two consecutive courses that align to the Comptia A+ certification requirements. This course focuses on the software installation, configuration and troubleshooting as well as system security. Students will gain an understanding of the various network models, standards and protocols. Students will install configure and troubleshoot operating system software as well as application software packages. Finally the course will explore security issues involving software installations.

NWPO / Network+
The Network+ course will provide students with an introduction to the theory of networks. Students will learn basic networking concepts relating to the types of networks, general networking components, specialized hardware and software associated with networks, and how to setup and configure networks. Students will also learn about network security, wireless networks as well as Voice over IP network capabilities.
WNDX / Configuring a Windows Client Operating System

This course covering Windows 10 is the first step in pursuing Microsoft’s premiere certifications. In addition, skills learned in this course will give students a foundation to build on in Windows Server courses. Topics include installing Windows 10, performing post-installation configuration, implementing Windows in an enterprise environment, configuring networking, storage, data access, implementing applications, configuring updates, monitoring and remote management, configuring system recovery, authorization and authentication.

CA-CLODP / Deploy and Automate Secure Cloud Environments

This course focuses on the implementation and support of cloud-based infrastructure services in the context of the broader IT systems operations in a datacenter environment. Students will learn about the deployment, migration, optimization and protection of mission critical applications to the cloud. The course will explore the challenges of multi-cloud environments and the techniques to overcome these challenges. The course will begin with the fundamental concepts of cloud architecture and design with an overview of the foundational technologies and concepts that comprise the cloud. From there students will explore the deployment and managing of cloud networks with a focus on the securing of cloud resources. Finally, the course will conclude with cloud optimization and high availability as important factors for security measures and disaster recovery. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the use of automation and orchestration, and troubleshooting

CA-SERPL / Installation and Management of Servers

This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills required to install, configure, manage and maintain server installations. The course will cover the server lifecycle through the following four themes: Server, virtualization and security concepts, managing physical assets, and server hardware and storage configurations; installing, troubleshooting and maintaining server operating systems; and managing data security, service and data availability and decommissioning. Students will learn to install and configure server hardware and server operating systems. The course will then explore the implementation of server hardening and security controls, troubleshooting of common server problems and general server maintenance and upkeep. Finally, students will gain an understanding of key disaster recovery strategies, high availability options, and backup and restore concepts.

CA-LINX / Linux Administration and Management

This course will provide the students with the knowledge and skills required to configure, manage, operate, and troubleshoot Linux in on-premises and cloud-based server environments. Students will learn to use security best practices, scripting, containerization, and automation. The course aligns its coverage to the CompTIA Linux+ exam objectives into blocks based around the following themes: Linux concepts; Server administration; Network management and security; Scripting, automation, and installation of Linux.

PWSO / PowerShell

In this course, students will learn to use PowerShell scripting to automate the common tasks and administrative jobs that can be applied on the client or server version of Windows. The course starts with an introduction to the PowerShell language and scripting environment and then proceeds to a thorough explanation of creating functional scripts that can be used for performing common tasks that involve working with files, Internet-connected scripts, user interaction, and solving tasks in systems and enterprise management deployments such as working with Active Directory and the file system.

CA-PYTDE / Python Development

This course introduces the students to the Python programming language. Students will continue to integrate Object-Oriented programming concepts will learning the features of the Python programming language. This course also explore Internet programming including accessing client-side network protocols and email tools, using CGI scripts, and website implementation techniques using Python.

INN8 / Introduction to Internetworking

This course explores the fundamental concepts in internetworking. The focus of this course is TCP/IP. Students will explore the DOD and OSI reference models and learn to identify TCP/IP protocol suite components and implement IP addressing and Subnet masks. Students will learn about name resolution and TCP/IP naming services and how to navigate the Cisco IOS interface and perform basic operations on Cisco routers and switches.

ICNO / Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices

This course explores the configuration and administration of common Cisco Network devices. Students will learn about layered Internetwork communication, protocols and standards and how to plan and design Internetworked LANs and WANs. This course will allow the students to work with the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS) in a simulated environment. Students will learn to implement and manage Cisco routers and switches.

CA-AZ800 / Administration of Windows Server Hybrid Infrastructure - Core

This course will explore the installation and administration of Windows Server on-premises, hybrid, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform workloads. Students will learn to integrate Windows Server environments with Azure services and manage Windows Server in on premise and hybrid networks. The course will explore the deployment, packaging, securing, updating, and administration of Windows Server workloads using on-premises, hybrid, and cloud technologies. Students will learn how to implement and manage on-premises and hybrid solutions, such as identity, security, management, compute, networking, storage, monitoring, high availability, and disaster recovery.

CA-AZ801 / Configuring Windows Server Hybrid Infrastructure - Advanced

This course will continue the development of knowledge and skill in the administering and configuring a Windows Hybrid infrastructure. Students will develop their skill in the five key areas of securing Windows on-premises and hybrid infrastructures, implementing and managing Windows Server high availability, implementing disaster recovery, migration of servers and workloads to Azure, and monitor and troubleshoot Windows Server environments.

SCPO / Security+
This course explores the issues related to computer and network security and its implications. Students will learn to recognize security threats and ramifications and identify sources of security threats and major areas of vulnerability. The course will examine ways to detect and neutralize system and network security threats, implement security protection procedures and practices. Methods of security disaster recovery will also be explored in this course.
CA-CSRIM / Risk Identification and Mitigation

This course provides the student with an overview of the various risks and security vulnerabilities to which IT systems and infrastructures are commonly exposed. The course with then explore the tools and techniques used to mitigate those risks. Students will explore the risks and exposures facing web servers and applications, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, mobile devices and the general IT infrastructure. The course will then cover topics in Penetration testing, system hacking, social and physical security, malware and sniffers, SQL injections and cryptography, session hijacking, denial of service and other types of system attacks. The focus of the course will be to identify the risks and then apply countermeasures and prevention techniques.

CYESN / Cybersecurity Essentials

The increased reliance on computer systems, the internet, connected technologies and smart devices has made cybersecurity a critical concern for organizations and individuals alike. Keeping devices, data and information secure and protected from vulnerabilities is a critical area of activity for all organizations. This course provides the students with an introduction to the field of cybersecurity. Students will be introduced to the four distinct challenges to creating a cybersecurity defense; securing the infrastructure, securing the devices, securing the local network and securing the perimeter. The course will explore the fundamental concepts of each challenge and the types of vulnerabilities associated with each. Students will learn how to identify the risks and vulnerabilities in each area and describe counteractions to mitigate the risks.

CSAPL / Cybersecurity Analyst CySA+

This course will explore the role and responsibilities of the cybersecurity specialist in monitoring, detecting and responding to security incidents in information systems and networks. The course will introduce the tools and tactics used to manage cybersecurity risks, identify various types of common threats, evaluate an organizations security, collect security intelligence and handle incidents as they occur. The course is designed to foster a comprehensive approach to security. This course aligns to the objectives of the Comptia Cybersecurity Analyst Certification exam (CS0-001).

CA-PENPL / Penetration Testing

This course explores the concepts of Penetration testing. The ever-increasing need of organizations to protect themselves from security breaches and risks require them to invest heavily in understanding their vulnerabilities and design measures to counteract them. In order to protect themselves, organizations turn to the conducting of penetration testing. In this course, students will learn the concepts and methodologies related to pen testing. Students will develop their pen testing skills enabling them to identify information system vulnerabilities anddesign effective remediation for them. This course aligns to the objectives of the CompTIA PenTest+ exam (PT0-002)

CA-CASP / Advanced Security

This course expands on the fundamental security concepts by teaching students the knowledge and skills in advanced security. Student will learn the concepts of risk management, enterprise security architecture, enterprise security operations, technical integration of enterprise security research development and collaboration. The course begins with an overview of governance and risk compliance where students will learn about the role and life cycle of risk management and risk management methods. Students will explore network infrastructure protection, software integration, testing, and emerging technologies for secure configuration and system hardening. After exploring the concepts of cryptography, public key infrastructure and vulnerability management, the course will conclude with a review of technical controls and incident responses

CES4 / Career and Employment Strategies

This course builds on the skills learned in the Student Success Strategies course or its equivalent. It provides information on how to use the communication skills learned in order to make a successful presentation to a prospective employer. Students also learn how to uncover the hidden job market and identifyemployment opportunities. Self-assessment during this course allows students to identify their personal skills that are transferable to the work place and to describe these skills to a prospective employer. Students may be videotaped during a mock interview and will participate in the analysis of their performance in the “interview”.

CYSPRC210 / Practicum

This program includes a practicum component which consists of 210 hours of work at a job site. The practicum work experience is a mandatory diploma requirement and the business organization does not pay for the services of the student during the practicum.

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