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Course Details

Certificate in Computer Security

Course code: BN757 Entry Route into programme:
  • CompTIA A+ or Network+ recommended, but not required.
Duration: 1 academic year
NFQ level: 6
Fee: Free fees as part of the Springboard Intiative
Schedule: Thursday 5pm - 10pm
Award title: Certificate in Computer Security
Credits for Full Award: 20 @ NFQ Level 6
Awarding Body: ITB under delegation of authority from HETAC. CompTIA and Cisco. Note : We're currently not accepting applications for this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements

It would be recommended that students have obtained CompTIA A+ or Network+ before attending the Security+ course.

It would be recommended that students have completed CCNA semesters 1 to 4 before attending the CCNA Security course.

Course Overview

The course will comprise of the most sought after industrially certifications in IT Security, namely CompTIA Security+ and CCNA Security. CompTIA and Cisco certifications are trusted because they are such an accurate predictor of employee success. When developing an exam, CompTIA and Cisco engages international focus groups and recruits subject matter experts from around the world to define programs, write, review and participate in beta exams. These certifications are built with the knowledge of experts and industry leaders from the public and private sectors, including training, academia and the government.

CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications worldwide, while Cisco systems are one of the world’s leading internet technology companies. Employers depend on Cisco and CompTIA certifications to make hiring decisions. Earning certifications shows not only that you have the right knowledge and skills to do the job, but also that you are dedicated to your IT career. Many companies, including Microsoft, Ricoh, Lenovo and IBM recommend or require these types of certification programs.

Course Aim

ITB proposes to run two modules which will have dual accreditation; meaning that on successful completion students will obtain an industry certified award as well as their academic credits. These modules have been successfully ratified by HETAC at levels 6 and 7.

These modules are:

CompTIA Security+ which is a 10 credit module at level 6. Cisco Certified Network Associate Security which is a 10 credit module at level 7.

Course Content

Semester 1 Semester 2
COMPTIA Security +
  • Network Security
  • Compliance and Operational Security
  • Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Application, Data and Host Security
  • Access Control and Identity Management
  • Cryptography
CCNA Security
  • Modern Network Security Threats
  • Securing Network Devices
  • Authentication, Authorization and Accounting
  • Implementing Firewall Technologies
  • Implementing Intrusion Prevention
  • Securing the Local Area Network
  • Cryptography
  • Implementing Virtual Private Networks
  • Putting it all Together
Network Security
  1. Explain the security function and purpose of network devices and technologies
  2. Apply and implement secure network administration principles
  3. Distinguish and differentiate network design elements and compounds
  4. Implement and use common protocol
  5. Identify commonly used default network ports
Compliance and Operational Security
  1. Explain risk related concepts
  2. Explain the importance of security related awareness training
  3. Carry out appropriate risk mitigation strategies
  4. Compare and contrast aspects of business continuity
  5. Explain the impact and proper use of environmental controls
  6. Execute disaster recovery plans and procedures
  7. Exemplify the concepts of Confidentiality, integrity and availabilty (CIA)
Threats and Vulnerabilites
  1. Analyze and differentiate among types of malware
  2. Analyze and differentiate among types of attacks
  3. Analyze and differentiate among types of social engineering attacks
  4. Analyze and differentiate among types of wireless attacks
  5. Analyze and differentiate among types of application attacks
  6. Analyze and differentiate among types of mitigation and deterrent techniques
  7. Implement assessment tools and techniques to discover security threats and vulnerabilities
  8. Within the realm of vulnerability assessments, explain the proper use of penetration testing versus vulnerability scanning
Application, Data and Host Security
  1. Explain the importance of application security
  2. Carry out appropriate procedures to establish host security
  3. Explain the importance of data security

Access Control and Identity Management

  1. Explain the function and purpose of authentication service
  2. Explain the fundamental concepts and best practices related to authentication, authorization and access control
  3. Implement appropriate security controls when performing account management


  1. Summarize general cryptography concepts
  2. Use and apply appropriate cryptographic tools and products
  3. Explain the core concepts of public key infrastructure
  4. Implement PKI, certificate management and associated components

Career Prospects

The career prospects are on three paths, namely employment, academic and industrial certification specialisation.

  • These certifications offer strong employment prospects for graduates in the areas of information security. Skills developed are particularly attractive to any institution or organisation that has computer networks and data storage at the core of their business.
  • The 20 academic credits obtained for these courses may so be used to continue with academic study and complete a Higher Certificate in Science in Computing or Bachelor of Science in Computing.
  • Students may continue with these specialisations in information and network security by completing the Cisco Certified Networking Professional Security, Certified Information Systems Security Professional or similar.

How to Apply?

Apply online at

Note :
Springboard applicants should check the minimum entry requirements for your course and submit all required supporting documentation as soon as possible. 
Springboard places are limited and offers will be made to eligible applicants in order of receipt of a completed application and ALL supporting documentation. 
Springboard Courses may fill before the official application deadline. 

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