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You've probably been wondering how secure your network is

Information stored on computer networks is among a company's most valuable assets. Yet, intruders can gain access to computer networks via any connection to the outside world or even within the office.

Get the skills to balance and manage the inherent risks of doing business in a networked world while allowing users access to information they need.

MCC's IT faculty recognizes an enterprise can't have just one security guru. The responsibilities for maintaining security must be shared. If you're an IT or business professional who needs to implement a privacy policy or enhance your security skills, MCC's Network Security training will prepare you for your role in protecting organizational data at its multiple points of exposure: physical, information, personnel and network.

Every business will have a need for security. No matter how large or small, an intuder can disrupt operations or take information that is vital to the sucess of the business. Some industries that traditionally employ security professionals are the Department of Defense (DoD), financial institutions, medical facilities and clinics.

Aquire the skills to balance and manage the inherent risks of doing business in a networked world while allowing users access to information they need. You will learn to formulate and implement an information security policy, manage information assets and design a successful security infrastructure. You will also get vital hands-on experience in defending against attack and intrusion, and disaster recovery preparation.

How MCC's approach is different, and better

Chris Whitehill

"I enjoy attending Metro because the classes are easy to fit into my work schedule, and they're not as expensive as other places. The Network Security Program was very interesting. I met a lot of great people and the instructors made the classes pleasurable after the long days at work. I look forward to continuing my education at Metropolitan Community College."

Chris Whitehill
Information Services Programmer/Analyst
West Corporation

There's a good reason why they call some programs "boot camps." It's an all-out effort to cram as much material into your brain as you can handle in the shortest amount of time before you march into "battle." A hacker didn't learn what he knows in a week. And defending against him won't take you a week to learn, either.

Our faculty recognizes that there is a lot of material that you'll need to absorb. It changes and updates constantly. That's why our Network Security training lasts a year. You'll get the information you need at a comprehensible rate. And MCC's hands-on curriculum enables you to use what you've learned in class right away. At the conclusion of the courses, you will be a awarded a specialist diploma.

Network Security course list:

INFO 2805 Network & Information Security Basics 4.5 – 0 – 4.5

This course is a survey of network and information security. A study of threat assessment, risk management, establishing and managing network security policy, user training, security models, objective, architectures and the investigative process. Constitutional issues, applicable laws and rights and rules of evidence will be covered. The class will also cover and discuss confidentiality, integrity, availability, accountability and auditing.

INFO 2806 Network Attacks, Intrusions, and Penetration Testing 4.5 – 0 – 4.5

This course covers attack and intrusion methods as well as how to defend against these methods. By studying network security from the point of view of the cracker and hacker, the student gets hands-on exposure to penetration testing and intrusion detection systems (IDS),as well as methods used to circumvent systems, malicious code and its impact on systems, and defense against attacks.

INFO 2362 Web and Server Applications Security 4.5 – 0 – 4.5

This course examines a variety of communication protocols, the client/servers that use them and their vulnerabilities. Students explore methods to mitigate vulnerabilities of Internet/Intranet applications while maintaining web servers and development workstations. Discussion centers on best practices, and students use a variety of utilities and methodologies to build, test, and defend all computers in the enterprise environment.

INFO 2808 Boundary Protection 4.5 – 0 – 4.5

This course introduces the various methods for defending a network. Students focus on the concepts of firewalls including packet filtering, proxy firewalls, application gateways, circuit gateways, and stateful inspection. Hands-on experience with a variety of hardware and software firewalls is offered.

INFO 2809 Information Systems, Forensics & Legal Topics 4.5 – 0 – 4.5

This course presents computer forensics concepts, tools, and data analysis. Students explore civil and common law issues that apply to information systems and gain practical experience in evidence detection and preservation as well as the concepts of establishing communications with company leadership and investigative agencies.

INFO 2810 Security Capstone 4.5 - 0 – 4.5

This course provides students with realistic, hands-on, scenario-based environments in which to combine and implement concepts and tools covered in previous courses. Students conduct risk analysis and threat assessment, and they complete security plans that includes auditing, monitoring, incident response, forensics and penetration testing. This course is to be taken after the other five security courses or when students have professional experience with the topics that those courses represent.

Upon successful completion of the courses, you will be awarded a specialist diploma.

This training will be useful to you in the following scenarios:

  • Implementing security solutions that are developed and assisting IT department management in securing and planning security for information and information systems and researching applicable laws and regulations.
  • Assisting local and federal law enforcement in evidence preservation and collection in criminal cases involving IT systems.
  • Testifying in courts regarding what and how certain procedures involving IT systems were followed.

Class Locations

Classes are offered at MCC's Sarpy Center within the La Vista Library. These courses are also offered online.

MCC's Network Security training is affordable

MCC's cost per credit hour is roughly 1/3 that of other local state supported colleges and universities and thousands less than a boot camp. Please see our tuition webpage for the latest tuition information. Financial aid is available.


If you wish to take the CompTIA Security+ certification examination, you may do so right here at MCC at our Prometric Testing Center. MCC offers many other IT certification examinations at the center.

We'll help you be successful

MCC's small classes enable you to get the personal attention you need to succeed. And MCC students are successful. Statistics continue to show that MCC transfer students are just as successful at the university as the native university student.


Is a degree your goal? MCC has a two-year Microcomputer Technology associate degree program with a concentration in networking technology. Find out more about this and other IT programs by contacting an academic adviser.

MCC Ranks Nationally in Conferring Computer Degrees

Community College Week lists Metropolitan Community College 23rd nationally among two- and four-year colleges that confer associate degrees in computer and information sciences, and support services in its June 21, 2004, edition. (Full story)

Need more information?

Call Gary Sparks at 537-3854 or send him an e-mail, and he'll get back to you ASAP. You have nothing to lose by asking questions.

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