Academic Catalog

Computer & Communications Security Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 2 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
Students are required to have completed NSS 101, 105, 110 or its equivalent, or have obtained A+ and Net+ certifications. A meeting with the program instructor prior to enrollment is necessary for assessment purposes.

Introduces Computer and Communications Security in an ever-changing environment where viruses, worms, and hazardous software compromise data integrity and create multiple issues with today’s computer and network systems.

Analysis and understanding of security risks involved in operating a web site and developing appropriate levels of security will be covered. Additionally, students will be introduced to network defenses, computer forensics, scripting and hacking in its various forms.

Program hours are from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Prior to completion, students must provide documentation of a background check with the Washington State Patrol. All courses in this certificate count toward the Computer Networking & Information Systems Security (CNISS) AAT or AAS-T degree program.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
NSSB 202Overview of Hacking & Penetration Testing5
NSSB 210Security Learning Lab I3
NSSB 215Computer Forensics4
NSSB 220Security Learning Lab II3
NSSB 231Web Security5
NSSB 245Introduction to Scripting5
 Technical Credits25

Overview of Hacking & Penetration Testing

Item #
NSSB 202
Total Credits
5

Introduces the history of hacking, its various forms, and some examples of the latest attacks, tools, and techniques employed by today’s hackers as well as countermeasures that illustrate how to protect against these devastating maneuvers.

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Security Learning Lab I

Item #
NSSB 210
Total Credits
3

Provides opportunities for students to gain the knowledge, enhance their skills, and provide hands-on experience needed or required within the industry to be successful in the security field.

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Computer Forensics

Item #
NSSB 215
Total Credits
4

Basic practices and techniques used in computer forensics. This course introduces the chain of custody and determination of the sequence of events when a misuse or crime is suspected. Topics include evidence collection and analysis, interpretation of clues from mail messages, news posting, and file signatures on hard drives and other computer storage media. 

Prerequisites
NSS 140.
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Security Learning Lab II

Item #
NSSB 220
Total Credits
3

Provides opportunities for students to gain the knowledge, enhance their skills, and provide hands-on experience needed or required within the industry to be successful in the security field.

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Web Security

Item #
NSSB 231
Total Credits
5

Analyze the risks involved and determine what level of security is needed to operate a website. Topics include how to protect a web setup from intrusion, sabotage, eavesdropping and tampering, and view the website with existing tools and techniques of hackers. Develop a secure website plan to select, secure, configure, and set up firewalls, as well as secure an extended and distributed enterprise network or Virtual Private Network.

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Introduction to Scripting

Item #
NSSB 245
Total Credits
5

Scripting languages are often used for one-off programming jobs and for prototyping. Scripting is also used in some large generic applications as a flexible way to configure and secure generic software components to fit specialist requirements. Today, a bewildering variety of scripting languages offer a range of powerful features. This class will illustrate some practical applications of scripting and provide an introduction to some of the most widely used scripting languages. 

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