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IT Security Survival Training

The market for IT security is growing rapidly, with yearly double-digit percentage growth, and it is one of the most important areas of concern for corporations. In today’s marketplace, professionals with a well-rounded and practical skillset are in high demand, and keeping up with current best practices is a necessity. Our IT Security Survival Training will teach you about all areas of IT security. With this core group of certifications, you will be prepared to apply for high-paying IT security positions in a variety of industries.

This IT security training course covers five main certifications: CompTIA Security+, Cisco CCNA, CCSK, CISA, and CISM. These are the premier credentials in the industry, globally recognized as covering all the most important areas of computer security. You will learn everything from security protocol to advanced forensics and cryptography—and you will be able to prove your knowledge to current or potential employers.

In this cyber security training course, you will gain hands-on experience with our “Live Labs.” Simply login via virtual machines to access live infrastructure and practice on real-life environments. We provide a variety of preconfigured virtual exercises, or you can practice without restriction on the lab equipment. With Live Labs, you gain true practical experience, right from the comfort of your home or office, and you don’t have to purchase any extra software or hardware.

Businesses large and small are concerned about their security in today’s online world, opening up many opportunities for professionals who are prepared to take advantage of them. With our IT security awareness training, you will be able to demonstrate how to use and understand vendor products and software, and will be one step ahead of your colleagues and competitors. Upon completion of this course, you will be prepared for the Security+, Cisco CCNA Security, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) certification exams. This course offers enrollment with or without a voucher. The voucher is pre paid access to sit for the exams.

12 Months / 225 Course Hrs
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Course Code: GES361

What You Will Learn
  • Receive training in all areas of IT security
  • Understand data protection, info vulnerabilities, risk assessment, cloud security, and security analysis
  • Learn how to manage and write policy to govern security practices
  • Learn how to combat against hacking and intrusion
  • Understand how to use vendor products and software
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 12 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 225 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Open the door to new opportunities in a variety of positions within the IT security sector
  • Develop your practical IT skills in a safe working environment without the need to invest in your own hardware and software
  • Have full access to a variety of preconfigured virtual exercises as well as the ability to practice without restriction on the lab equipment
  • Be prepared for the Security+, Cisco CCNA Security, Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) certification exams


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Begin the course by learning about networking terminology, locking down networks, wireless, security technology, risk analysis, types of attacks, and access control.

Cisco CCNA Security

Cover network security basics, local AA, configurations, firewall, LAN, crypto, and more.

Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)

Master an understanding of architecture, enterprise risk, data center operations, application security, and more.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Explore the audit process, IT governance, system and infrastructure, and more.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)—Continued

Learn the media disposal process, post implementation review, periodic review, system maintenance, IT services, and more.

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Understand information security governance, risk management, information security program development, implementation, and management, as well as incident management and response.



  1.     Networking Terminology
  2.     Locking Down or Network
  3.     Wireless
  4.     Intro to Security Terminology
  5.     Policies and Standards
  6.     Physical Security
  7.     Risk Analysis
  8.     Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity and BIA (Business Impact Analysis)
  9.     Introduction to Computer Forensics
  10.     Types of Attacks
  11.     System Security Threats
  12.     Security Assessments
  13.     Monitoring and Auditing
  14.     Authentication
  15.     Access Control
  16.     Mitigating Security Threats
  17.     Implementing System Security
  18.     Cryptography
  19.     Public Key Infrastructure
  20.     Live Labs

Cisco CCNA Security

  1.     Introduction
  2.     Network Security Basics I
  3.     Network Security Basics II
  4.     Securing Network Devices I
  5.     Securing Network Devices Lab I
  6.     IOS Enhancement Lab
  7.     Securing Network Devices II
  8.     Securing Network Devices Lab II
  9.     Using CCP to Configure SNMP Lab
  10.     Say Hello to AAA
  11.     Local AA
  12.     Configuring Local AAA with CCP
  13.     Firewall Basics Using ACLs
  14.     Intro Firewall
  15.     Content Based Access Control Firewall
  16.     Zoned Based Firewalls
  17.     Zoned Based Firewalls Lab
  18.     Configuring Advanced Firewall with CCP
  19.     Securing The LAN
  20.     Welcome to Crypto
  21.     VPN
  22.     Remote Access VPNS
  23.     VPN Lab
  24.     Managing A Secure Network
  25.     Outro
  26.     Live Labs

Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)

  1. Architecture
  2. Governance and Enterprise Risk
  3. Legal Issues - Contracts and Electronic
  4. Compliance and Audit Management
  5. Information Management and Data Security
  6. Interoperability and Portability
  7. Traditional Security, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery
  8. Data Center Operations
  9. Incident Response
  10. Application Security
  11. Encryption and Key Management
  12. Identity, Entitlement, and Access Management
  13. Virtualization
  14. Security as a Service

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

  1. Module 1

                A.        Introduction
                B.        Audit Process
                C.        Auditing Standards
                D.        Auditing Guidelines
                E.        Cobit Model
                F.        Audit Management
                G.        Internal Control Classifications
                H.        Planning
                I.        Program
                J.        Evidence
                K.        Audit Control Evaluation
                L.        C S A Control Self- Assessment


  1. Module 2

                A.        IT Governance
                B.        Outsourcing and Governance
                C.        IT Strategy
                D.        Governance and Security Policies
                E.        Organizational Compliance
                F.        Outsourcing and Globalization
                G.        Outsourcing
                H.        IT Performance




  1. Module 3

                A.        System and Infrastructure
                B.        Requirements
                C.        Project Management Tools- Part 1
                D.        Project Management Tools- Part 2
                E.        Applications
                F.        Agile Development
                G.        Monitoring and Controlling
                H.        Acquisition Process
                I.        Testing Process
                J.        Information Systems Maintenance Practices
                K.        Data Conversion Tools




  1. Module 4

                A.        Media Disposal Process
                B.        Post Implementation Review
                C.        Periodic Review
                D.        System Maintenance




  1. Module 5

                A.        IT Service Delivery and Support
                B.        How to Evaluate Service Level Management Practices
                C.        Operations Management
                D.        Databases
                E.        Structured Query Language
                F.        Monitoring Performance
                G.        Source Code and Performance Monitoring
                H.        Patch Management
                I.        Incident Management
                J.        Hardware Component Types
                K.        Network Component Types




  1. Module 6

                A.        S Auditor Technical Overview
                B.        Security Design
                C.        Monitoring Systems
                D.        Types of Attacks
                E.        Cryptography
                F.        Encryption
                G.        Asymmetric Encryption
                H.        Digital Certificate
                I.        Different Kinds of Attacks
                J.        Access Controls
                K.        Identification and Authentication
                L.        Physical Access Exposure
                M.        Environmental Security
                N.        Network Security Devices and Network Components
                O.        Network Address Translation
                P.        Virtual Private Networks
                Q.        Voice System Risks
                R.        Intrusion Detection
                S.        Firewalls
                T.        Firewall Implementation
                U.        Network Access Protection
                V.        Honey Pot
                W.        Risks to Portable and Wireless Devices
                X.        Bluetooth
                Y.        OSI Networking
                Z.        Managing Data




  1. Module 7

                A.        Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
                B.        Fault Tolerance
                C.        Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Regulations

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

  1. Information Security Governance
  2. Risk Management
  3. Information Security Program Development
  4. Information Security Program Implementation
  5. Information Security Program Management
  6. Incident Management and Response


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Instructors & Support

David Biggers

David Biggers, Senior Security Instructor, has been a professional IT instructor for the past four years for the US Army. He teaches a broad range of certification courses ranging from CompTIA, Microsoft to Cisco and EC-Council. Prior to working with the US Army, David worked as a Network Admin and Web Services Manager with KCTCS in Kentucky. He performed multiple jobs being on the IT team. Network Administration, System Administration, Blackboard Administration, Web Design and Web Development. Additionally, David taught part time during the evening at the college, where he instructed on Active Directory, Introduction to Computers and Networking. David has 18 years of IT experience, 17 professional IT certifications and 8 years of teaching experience. 

Chris Avants

Chris Avants is a Sr. Cisco Instructor and leading consultant for numerous clients. He has over 15 years of experience as a network engineer, having worked with national and global clients to solve complex business problems through the use of technology and IT training solutions. For more than a decade, Avants was as a Sr. Network Engineer, designing and deploying advanced technology solutions from Cisco Systems, Microsoft, VMARE and more.

Dean R. Bushmiller

Dean R. Bushmiller has had fun for the past 20 years learning and teaching everything he can in technology and security. His consulting experience in accounting systems, inventory control, migrations, and patch management has breathed life into his 12 years in the classroom. Dean is a courseware developer who specializes in the CISSP and security training. He is the lead instructor for Expanding Security and teaches online as his main job. As a non-military person, he is a proud recipient of six mission coins. Dean has taught more than 1000 classes with a lifetime approval rating of +90% on topics of: CISSP, including: SOX, PCI-DSS, digital rights management, data loss prevention, incident handling, auditing for compliance, penetration testing, patch management, networking, architecture, migration, certification, and administration.

Chrys Thorsen

Chrys Thorsen is an experienced IT instructor with over 30 years of experience in IT. Thorsen is the founder and owner of IT without Borders, a company specializing in high-end IT consulting. Over the past 10 years, Thorsen has focused on IT certification instruction, quickly becoming a recognized industry leader in a variety of certifications.

Joe Wentzel

Joe Wentzel is a master technical instructor, with a background in oil and gas exploration, seismic, financial, and IT. He is a subject matter expert in the IT security industry and has more than 20 certifications. Prior to becoming an instructor, Wentzel provided customer technical support in cabled and wireless seismic acquisition systems. He has authored numerous papers on system security and security engineering.

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There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

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

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Exam Requirements:


  • You should have a CompTIA Network+ certification and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.
  • For more information on the Security+ exam and certification please click here.

Cisco CCNA Security:

  • You should have a fundamental understanding of networking.
  • A valid CCENT or a valid CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite to take the 210-260 IINS Exam.
  • For CCNA: Security exam certification requirements please click here.

Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK):

  • There are no prerequisites for the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) exam.
  • For more information on the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) exam please click here.

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA):

  • To take the program and sit for the CISA exam you should have experience in IT auditing or relevant education in that area. 

Certified Information Security Manager (CISM):

  • To take the program and sit for the CISM exam you should have experience in IT security or relevant education in IT Security.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment.

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How to Become CISA Certified:

  1. Successful completion of the CISA examination
  2. Submit an Application for CISA Certification
  3. Adherence to the Code of Professional Ethics
  4. Adherence to the Continuing Professional Education Program
  5. Compliance with the Information Systems Auditing Standards

For more information on how to become CISA Certified click here.

How to Become CISM Certified

  1. Successfully pass the CISM exam.
  2. Adhere to ISACA's Code of Professional Ethics.
  3. Agree to comply with the Continuing Education Policy.
  4. Work experience in the field of information security.
  5. Submit an Application for CISM Certification.

For more information on how to become CISM Certified click here.


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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course prepare for a certification?

Yes, this course will prepare you for the Security+, Cisco CCNA Security, Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification exams and receive exam vouchers for each exam after successful completion of the course and financial obligation.

For more information on the Security+ exam and certification please click here.

For CCNA: Security exam certification requirements please click here.

For more information on the Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) exam please click here.

For more information on how to become CISA Certified click here.

For more information on how to become CISM Certified Click Here.

When can I start the course?

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.

How long does it take to complete this course?

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 twelve (12) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

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 your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate of completion. In addition, you will receive exam vouchers for the Security+, Cisco CCNA Security, Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) after successful completion of the course and financial obligation. 

Am I guaranteed a job?

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.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and 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:

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the “Contact Us” form.

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