The Cisco Networking Academy at Friends University will introduce the Security (CCNA Security) course this August that prepares participants for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally recognized Cisco CCNA Security certification. The CCNA Security class is a hands-on, career-oriented course with an emphasis on practical experience to help participants develop specialized security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills.
“One of the main features of Cisco certifications is that they validate an individual’s skills. In the case of the CCNA Security certification, these validated skills include installation, trouble-shooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. It also develops competency in the technologies Cisco uses in security structure,” said Andrea Gegen, executive director of Corporate and Community Relations.
Gegen noted network security is becoming an area of growing concern for many organizations.
“In a 2008-commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Cisco, it was found that organizations are being driven to dedicate these roles because ‘security is becoming a nearly ubiquitous concern. Worldwide regulatory compliance requires that organizations better protect sensitive data and mitigate emerging threats. As a result, more organizations are recognizing the need for dedicated network professionals who can protect data in transit.’ The Cisco Networking Academy at Friends wants to aid in training that skill set,” Gegen said.
The program is scheduled to start Aug. 24, with additional starts scheduled in 2011. The cost is $1,800 and includes online textbooks and lab/study guides. It also includes the cost of the voucher for the Cisco IOS Networking Security (IINS) certification exam. While there are no required course prerequisites, participants are encouraged to have fundamental CCNA-level routing and switching skills in order to succeed in the class.
In addition to the CCNA Security program, Friends University also offers the CCNA Exploration Fast Track Program and the IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software program. All course offerings in the Cisco Networking Academy at Friends University have been approved for GI Bill and Workforce Investment Act coverage. Prospective participants should consult with their education advisor or workforce professional to discuss qualification.
The Cisco Networking Academy programs at Friends University do not earn college credit and are structured as non-degree seeking programs. Participants who wish to pursue a degree at Friends University may petition to have these courses considered for professional and technical credit toward their degree.
For more information, visit www.friends.edu/cisco.