Network Management and Security Program

Curriculum Information

The four-week classes covers the fundamental technology, concepts, principles and practices of modern Information Security operations, including access control, authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA), network security protocols, policy construction and enforcement mechanisms, contingency planning, and application security.  

Students can register for all four classes or register for individual classes. Requirements for each of the classes are listed below.  The prerequisite requirement for a particular class may be waived if a student has taken an equivalent course elsewhere.  Contact time per class is 40 hours (or 8 days X 5 hours).  To support the current workforce and those individuals looking to make a career change, the Network Management and Security classes are offered as weekend-only classes, where students meet  on Fridays and Saturdays.                                                      

Students who have successfully completed all four courses (NMS-1, NMS-2, NMS-3, and NMS-4) will be awarded a UH-Clear Lake certificate in Network Management & Security.  Students who have successfully completed an individual course will be awarded a UH-Clear Lake certificate of completion for that course.                                                      

Prerequisite Requirements

Course Industry Related Certifications Pre-requisite, if any
NMS-1: Fundamentals of Information Security (ISC)² Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) or CompTIA Security+ The student should have moderate computer skills
NMS-2: Introduction to Network Technology Cisco Certified Network Technician (CCENT) or CompTIA Network+ Intermediate to moderate computer skills
NMS-3: Network Routing and Switching Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) NMS 2 / CCENT / Network+
NMS-4: Implementing Network Security Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA Security) NMS 3 / CCNA 
  NMS-1:Fundamentals of Information Security
 

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This class covers technology concepts and fundamentals of security technologies,  including understanding security layers, authentication, authorization, accounting, security policies, network security, and protecting the Server and Client infrastructure.                                                      

  • Secure access
  • Risk management
  • Networking technologies and security issues
  • Response and recovery from an incident
  • Secure operations management
  • Information system and application security
  • Cryptography

Individuals with the SSCP certification pursue careers that include:

  • Network Administrators
  • Network Analysts
  • Network Security Engineers
  • Database Administrators
  • Security Administrators
  • Security Analysts
  • Security Specialists
  • System Administrators
  • System Analysts
  • System Engineers

The course materials build a foundation allowing for students gain more experience and knowledge and pursue higher level certifications that can include:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)
  • Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) or Certified Penetration Tester (CPT)
  • Cybersecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • EC-Council Certified Secure Programmer (ECSP)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

9 out of 15 of the top paid IT certifications build upon the skills and information taught in the Network Management and Security courses.

"Of this year's top-paying certifications:

All but two of the top 15 certifications pay $100,000 or more, and the two that don't are just a few hundred dollars shy.

Six are in security (2, 3, 4, 6, 10 and 13).
Three are in virtualization and cloud computing (1, 12 and 15).
Three are in business (5, 11 and 14).
Three are in networking (7, 8 and 9)."

Source: Global Knowledge: "15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2017"

  NMS-2: Introduction to Network Technology
 

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The class covers basic network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security.

Before taking NMS-2: Introduction to Network Technology, students should be familiar with:

  • Basic skills in Internet usage
  • Basic computer literacy skills
  • How to navigate a PC's operating system
  • Basic knowledge of IP addressing

During this course, students will learn the foundations of networking at layers 1-3 of the OSI model. Students will receive hands-on experience during labs as they learn core routing and switching concepts along with advanced technologies that include:

  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • WAN technologies
  • The differences between access and core segments
  • Basic firewall functions
  • IPv4 and IPv6 protocols
  • Wireless controllers and access points
  • Basics of network security

Students will learn configuration commands on live equipment through examples and lab exercises. The CSI's Advanced Security and Networking lab provides for flexible topologies that reinforce concepts with hands-on labs that align to each lesson. Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs
  • Establish Internet connectivity
  • Manage network device security
  • Expand small to medium sized networks with WAN connectivity
  • Describe IPv6 basics
  NMS-3: Network Routing and Switching
 

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This class builds on the information introduced in NMS-2 as students learn through hands-on experience to build network topologies, implement WAN solutions, secure networking devices and more.

Before taking NMS-3: Network Switching and Routing, students should be familiar with:

  • The concepts and skills covered by NMS 2: Introduction to Network Technology, CCENT or Security+ certifications
  • Moderate computer literacy skills
  • How to navigate a PC's operating system
  • Knowledge of IP addressing

During this course, students will learn the foundations of networking at layers 1-3 of the OSI model. Students will receive hands-on experience during labs as they learn core routing and switching concepts along with advanced technologies that include:

  • Understanding network fundamentals
  • Implementing local area networks
  • Implementing Internet connectivity
  • Managing network devices
  • Securing network devices
  • Implementing basic IPv6 connectivity

Students will learn configuration commands on live equipment through examples and lab exercises. The CSI's Advanced Security and Networking lab provides for flexible topologies that reinforce concepts with hands-on labs that align to each lesson. Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Operate a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches supporting VLANs, trunking, chassis aggregation and spanning tree protocols
  • Troubleshoot IP connectivity
  • Configure and troubleshoot EIGRP and OSPF in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  • Define characteristics, functions and components of a WAN
  • Describe SNMP, Syslog, and manage Cisco device configurations, IOS images and licenses
  • Understand QoS, virtualization and cloud services, and network programmability related to WAN, access and core segments.
  NMS-4: Implementing Network Security
 

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This class focuses on network security, securing network devices, firewall configuration, enabling virtual private networks and much more.

Before taking NMS-4: Implementing Network Security, students should be familiar with:

The concepts and skills covered by NMS 3: Network Routing and Switching / CCNA

  • Knowledge of IP addressing
  • Working knowledge of the Windows operating system
  • Working knowledge of Cisco IOS networking and concepts

During this course, students will learn the foundations of networking at layers 1-3 of the OSI model. Students will receive hands-on experience during labs as they learn core routing and switching concepts along with advanced technologies that include:

  • Network Security Concepts
  • Secure Network Devices
  • Firewalls
  • Virtual Private Networks

Students will learn configuration commands on live equipment through examples and lab exercises. The CSI's Advanced Networking and Cybersecurity lab provides for flexible topologies that reinforce concepts with hands-on labs that align to each lesson. Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe common network security concepts
  • Secure routing and switching infrastructure
  • Deploy basic authentication, authorization and accounting services
  • Deploy basic firewalling services
  • Deploy basic site-to-site and remote access VPN services
  • Describe the use of more advanced security services such as intrusion protection, content security and identity management        

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Contact
  • Cyber Security Institute

    Phone: 281-283-3808
    Email: csi@uhcl.edu

    Delta Building, 147
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 40
    Houston, TX 77058-1002