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, 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 203Penetration Testing and Security Analysis5
NSSB 210Security Learning Lab I3
NSSB 215Computer Forensics4
NSSB 220Security Learning Lab II3
NSSB 232Investigation and Response5
NSSB 246Scripting for Penetration Testers5
COLL 102College Success for All3
 Technical Credits28

Penetration Testing and Security Analysis

Item #
NSSB 203
Total Credits
5

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

Prerequisites
Successful completion of NSS 135.
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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.

Co-requisites
Concurrently enrolled in NSSB 203 and NSSB 232
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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
Successful Completion of 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.

Co-requisites
Concurrently enrolled in NSSB 215 and NSSB 245.
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Investigation and Response

Item #
NSSB 232
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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Scripting for Penetration Testers

Item #
NSSB 246
Total Credits
5

Introduces scripting languages used for one-off programming jobs or prototyping,  its use for large generic applications as a flexible way to configure and secure generic software components to fit specialist requirements. 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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College Success for All

Item #
COLL 102
Total Credits
3

College Success for All prepares students for success at Clover Park Technical College and beyond.  This class is offered Pass/Fail utilizes CANVAS CPTC’s online learning management system to get students familiar with this learning environment. Designed to provide students with the basic skills to be successful in college, by developing connections with campus resources, faculty, staff and peers.  The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of online and computer work. It includes, but is not limited to: study skills, learning styles, communication skills, time management, campus resources, test taking strategies, diversity and campus policies and procedures.  This class also includes mandatory safety and FERPA training along with a component on using SALT for financial planning. Beginning in Fall 2016, this course is mandatory for all new students.

Prerequisites
None.
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This page was last updated on June 03, 2016.