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Network Security Certificate

  • Credits:
    (3 terms)
  • Degree:
    Pre-Baccalaureate Certificate

Program Description

Cambridge College's Cyber Certificate Programs equip students with the core abilities employers from far-ranging industry verticals are actively seeking. Certificates are designed for students at any stage of their career — from recent high school graduates to seasoned professionals. You'll be taught by faculty with strong field experience who share your passion for combatting cyber crimes.

The Network Security Certificate is a cyber program that provides students with a solid foundational knowledge of network operating systems, network security, digital forensics, and incident response methods.

Network Security Certificate Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Network Security Certificate, you'll learn:

  • How to analyze network communication protocols, network analysis tools, and hacking methodologies
  • Basic server configuration methods including stand-alone and virtualized environments, and support of WAN and LAN networks
  • Installation and use of firewalls, data encryption, anti-virus software and intrusion detection
  • How to analyze and evaluate network security threats and vulnerabilities
  • Knowledge of common attack tools (Immunity CANVAS, Burp, SET, Metasploit, Nmap, Nessus) and defensive tools (Snort Intrusion Detection System (IDS)/Intrusion Prevention System(IPS), tcpdump, Wireshark, Security Onion IDS Linux Distribution)
  • Forensic tools and techniques for attack reconstruction

Network Security Careers

Graduates of the Cambridge College Network Security Certificate program will be prepared for employment in a variety of industries including business, education, health care, government, insurance, manufacturing, and retail. Employment opportunities for graduates of this cyber program include but are not limited to Computer Network Defense Analyst, Computer Network Defense Infrastructure Support, Computer Network Support Specialist, Network Administrator, Penetration Tester, Red Team Technician, and Systems Administrator.

Watch FBI and Homeland Security cyber professionals discuss cybersecurity careers

Fast Track to your Bachelor's Degree

100% of your Network Security Certificate credits can be applied towards the Bachelor's Degree in Cybersecurity at Cambridge College.

Cybersecurity Scholarships

Cambridge College has cybersecurity scholarships available that cover up to $7,500 of the $13,500 tuition for this cybersecurity certificate. Ask your admissions counselor for information about eligibility and application deadlines.

Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re thinking about a cybersecurity program, you might also be interested in learning more about these other undergraduate programs at Cambridge College:


Courses can be taken online or on-site.

Term 1

Introduction to Networking Basics

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
CMP 250 3 credit(s)

This course introduces the foundational concepts, principles, technologies and techniques employed in the field of Cybersecurity. Topics include but are not limited to: categories of threats, information security architecture, hacking techniques, malware, and contemporary technologies to identify and combat cybersecurity incidents. The interactive framework of the course will provide students with the practical experience in identifying, assessing and responding to a range of Cybersecurity threats.

Network Security and Communications
CMP 280 3 credit(s)

This course will cover general digital security, cryptography, network attacks, wireless security, application security, device security, identity management, risk mitigation, and cybersecurity tools used by industry professionals. Learners will be prepared for the CompTIA (Information Security Specialist) Security + Exam through this comprehensive course. The Security+ certification is considered an essential qualification for IT security professionals in the workforce.

Basic Network Troubleshooting
CMP 205 3 credit(s)

This course blends theory and hands-on applications to equip students with the knowledge and skills to design and trouble shoot converged enterprise networks. Students engage in conceptual and physical design of a network infrastructure to achieve effective performance, scalability, and availability. The course includes concepts that are necessary to the understanding of advanced network infrastructure technologies such as virtual private networks (VPNs) and other security solutions.

Term 2

Network Management

EndPoint and Infrastructure Security
CMP 260 3 credit(s)

This course introduces students to basics of endpoint security including mobile threat defense, endpoint detection and response, and system hardening. It also entails configuration and troubleshooting endpoint and networking hardware components. Students gain hands-on experience of large scale system management through technologies such as mobile device management, Windows group policy, Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Salt, Jamf, Altiris and other technologies used to manage thousands of systems.

Cloud Networking Security
CMP 400 3 credit(s)

This course covers the ground-up fundamentals of implementing policies, controls, procedures and technologies that work together to protect cloud-based systems, data, and infrastructure. A basic understanding to the cloud and the concepts, and technologies associated with it. The course will delve into not only how public and private cloud security works but the known risk and challenges it can pose for an organization.

Wireless Technology and Security
CMP 401 3 credit(s)

This course will cover the fundamentals of wireless security. Students will be introduced to the issues and technologies involved in designing and securing a wireless network from various passive and active attacks.

Term 3

Protecting & Network Monitoring

Network & Digital Forensics Investigation
CMP 415 3 credit(s)

This course presents an in-depth examination of digital forensics. Students will learn advanced cyber-investigatory techniques including collecting and preserving digital evidence, cybercrime defenses, mobile forensics, network forensics, endpoint forensics, case studies, and the latest forensic tools in the industry to combat cybercrime.

Network Protection and Threat Monitoring
CMP 435 3 credit(s)

Learners take an advanced look into the world of network intrusion analysis. Advanced intrusion methodologies, incident response, data analysis, malware analysis, network analysis, and advanced reporting are covered within this course.

Machine Learning for Network Intrusion Detection
CMP 450 3 credit(s)

Cybercriminals are using machine learning to launch large-scale and sophisticated attacks. Machine learning and AI provides the ability to uncover patterns and vulnerabilities that may be difficult for human security team to find. This class teaches students how some businesses are embracing machine learning-based security tools to identify and fight off cyber-attacks.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    No SAT or ACT tests required.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)

Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students 

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for Undergraduate Programs


International Students 

International students need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.


  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $2,290 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of June 2023, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half-time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships, and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state, and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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