What you will learn
Students who graduate from the program will be able to:
- Design, implement, maintain, and monitor a networked virtual environment using Windows and Linux operating systems
- Implement IT system security
- Operate and maintain IT system performance and security
- Identify vulnerabilities of a computer network infrastructure
- Investigate cyber events and digital evidence and engage in computer forensic investigation
- Collect and evaluate cybersecurity information for operations planning
- Conduct tests and perform security and quality controls
- Assess physical and technical security risks/threats to data, software and hardware
- Develop policies, procedures and back up plans to minimize the effects of security breaches
What to expect
Students will engage with the material in this program through hands-on exercises and projects involving typical IT network security situations, including scenarios from industry. Other instructional strategies include the use of case-studies and group discussions based around current events related to network security.
Class-time will utilize active-learning strategies such as problem-based learning, simulations, and interactive classroom lectures. Some classes may be delivered partially or fully online.
- A diploma or a degree in an information technology (IT) specific field, or a combination of education and industry experience/certifications in IT.
- Examples of relevant diplomas include Computer Systems Technology, Computer Information Technology, Computer Network Administrator, and Computer Information Systems Administration.
- International students must demonstrate English Language Proficiency through one of the following:
- VCC ELA (English Language Assessment) with minimum scores of: Listening 25/30, Speaking 27/30, Reading 50/70 and Essay 16/20, or
- TOEFL iBT with a minimum score of 84 (minimum score of 21 in each section), or
- Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Program options for international students can be found at VCC International.
- Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
This program is suited for students who wish to further their technical skills in network security. Students should have:
- an interest in keeping their technical skills up-to-date.
- an interest in cyber security, digital forensics, and business administration
- good communication, research, and planning skills
- experience or knowledge of computer network operations
Courses may be taken in any order as long as course prerequisites are met.
|ITOP 2411||Advanced Network Systems||4.5|
|ITOP 2413||Network Optimized Monitoring||4.5|
|ITOP 2412||Computer Forensics for the First Responder||2|
|ITOP 2414||Encryption, Public Key Infrastructure Architecture and Administration||3.5|
|ITOP 2415||Network Exploits, Vulnerabilities and Penetration Testing||4.5|
This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The College reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
Please check the Network Security minimum laptop requirements for remote learning.
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|Materials||0||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||0|
|Program-specific extra fees||0|
* Fees are approximate and subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors. Students are required to pay any applicable fee increases. Application and assessment fees are non-refundable.
Fees listed are for domestic students. For international programs, visit VCC International.
Any refunds are issued according to VCC's refund policy.