Teaching Network Security at a distance



I have been going to InfoSec Europe for the past couple of years (although missed it in 2012) where there was always a fair amount of interest from individuals who wanted to learn network security, part time and at a distance. This stimulated a discussion with colleagues to expand our post graduate offering in this area, and with the help of Andrew Smith (@teraknor) and Blaine Price, we were able to put together a 30 credit module that combined the CCNA Security and CISSP curricula - it's called Network Security (T828). The graphic above shows how the module combines material covering different areas to provide coverage of a number of different commercial certifications whilst also being part of a post-graduate degree programme. It is taken from a presentation Andrew and I gave at the Virus Bulletin seminar, which was held at the OU in April.

We are just coming to the end of the first presentation and apart from some minor issues things have gone pretty smoothly.  One of our students even managed to sit his CCNA Security exam and score 1000/1000!  Now looking to make the necessary tweaks to bring the module back into line with the updates to the CCNA and CISSP knowledge areas in preparation for the next presentation that will start in November.

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