This course introduces students to the components of a computer network and the concept and role of communication protocols. The course covers widely used categorical classifications of networks (e.g., LAN, MAN, WAN, WLAN, PAN, SAN, CAN, and VPN) as well as network topologies, physical devices, and layered abstraction. The course also introduces students to basic concepts of security covering vulnerabilities of networks and mitigation techniques, security of physical media, and security policies and procedures. This course has no prerequisites.

Course Competencies

  • Introduction to Networking Concepts: The graduate identifies fundamental networking concepts to support an organization.
  • Introduction to Network Security: The graduate identifies the fundamentals of network security concepts to support an organization.
  • Network Security Operations: The graduate determines appropriate network security operations to protect an organization’s assets.
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