Certified Network Defender (CND) (Voucher Included)

This comprehensive online course is specifically designed to prepare network engineers for the Certified Network Defender (CND) certification exam offered by the EC-Council (ECC). The CND certification is globally recognized and validates your ability to protect networks and maintain operations during cyber-attacks effectively.

Throughout this CND course, you will delve into various modules that cover essential topics such as network security controls, protocols, and devices. You will learn how...

6 Months / 100 Course Hrs
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Course code: GES3031

What you will learn

  • Acquire knowledge of basic networking concepts, including network security controls, protocols, and devices, to design a robust networking infrastructure
  • Evaluate potential vulnerabilities and threats to the network infrastructure, assess the potential impact of network security breaches, and analyze available countermeasures
  • Explore various network security mechanisms, analyze available security controls, and develop plans for implementing and configuring these controls
  • Recognize the significance of network security policies and develop comprehensive policies to protect the network infrastructure
  • Gain an understanding of the functioning of different networking devices and devise secure configuration strategies for these devices
  • Troubleshooting key network problems
  • Learn how to implement a secure VPN for organizational use and engage in monitoring and signature analysis to detect attacks and policy violations

How you will benefit

  • This course satisfies the exam eligibility requirements for the Certified Network Defender (CND)—exam number 312-38 and includes sample CND questions
  • Gain the necessary technical knowledge to design a secure network, understand network operations, and analyze related materials
  • Develop skills in designing effective network security policies and incident response plans, as well as building resiliency and ensuring continuity of operations during attacks
  • Upon successfully passing the certification exam, you will earn the title of Certified Network Defender (CND)

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 100 course hours
  1. Network Attacks and Defense Strategies
  2. Administrative Network Security
  3. Technical Network Security
  4. Network Perimeter Security
  5. Endpoint Security-Windows Systems
  6. Endpoint Security-Linux Systems
  7. Endpoint Security- Mobile Devices
  8. Endpoint Security-IoT Devices
  9. Administrative Application Security
  10. Data Security
  11. Enterprise Virtual Network Security
  12. Enterprise Cloud Network Security
  13. Enterprise Wireless Network Security
  14. Network Traffic Monitoring and Analysis
  15. Network Logs Monitoring and Analysis
  16. Incident Response and Forensic Investigation
  17. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  18. Risk Anticipation with Risk Management
  19. Threat Assessment with Attack Surface Analysis
  20. Threat Prediction With Cyber Threat Intelligence

Eric Reed

Eric Reed has over 15 years' experience in IT consulting. He has consulted and delivered certification and customized training to the U.S. military, and for many Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Eric has delivered CEH, CHFI, and ECSA/LPT for the last ten years and was named "EC-Council Instructor of the Year" seven times, as well as being the recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award in 2006, 2007 and 2010. Eric holds many industry certifications, including EC-Council's CND, CNDA, CHFI, ECSA, CEH and LPT.


There are no mandatory prerequisites prior to taking this Certified Network Defender (CND) training. However, students should have an understanding of basic networking fundamentals and terminology.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.10 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online. The materials are non-refundable upon registration.

According to ZipRecruiter, as of July 4th, 2023, the average cyber network defender salary in the U.S. is $101,712.

The Certified Network Defender (CND) certification is highly beneficial for individuals in various roles, including entry-level network administrators, entry-level network security administrators, data security analysts, junior network security engineers, junior network defense technicians, security analysts, and security operators.

Yes. You will be prepared for the Certified Network Defender (CND) certification exam offered by the EC-Council (ECC). The certification is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) 8140 Accredited, ANSI Board of Accreditation (ANAB), and the American Council on Education (ACE).

You will receive an exam voucher after the successful completion of the course and financial obligation.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, or Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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International Council of E-Commerce Consultants
EC Council stands for International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, the world's largest certifying body dedicated to cybersecurity. EC Council offers certification programs in many other facets of the field, including the Certified Ethical Hacker exam, which is nationally recognized for its comprehensive and modern material. EC Council has earned accolades from the U.S. Government's National Security Agency (NSA) and accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). With such an excellent reputation, it's easy to see why enrolling in a course certified by EC Council will do wonders for your career.