Networking Specialist – Concentration

There is compelling evidence that neither technologies nor policies alone offer effective protection against security threats. Theft and destruction of intellectual property takes place despite the presence of firewalls, encryption and corporate edicts. Industry and governments around the world must have a well-trained workforce to effectively combat hackers, attacks and security threats. This concentration is designed to prepare students to work as an information technology professional with a knowledge of information security within computer networks. Both the CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) Network+ and Security+ certifications are recognized as basic industry standards and are required by many employers. Jackson College provides this program to prepare students to pass both exams. The exams are administered by CompTIA agents.

Program Requirements

Minimum credits 20
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15


Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CNS 101 Network Fundamentals/Network+ 4

This course introduces students to fundamental networking concepts and technologies. It is the first of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. The course materials will assist in developing the skills necessary to plan and implement small networks across a range of applications. It also helps prepare the student for the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

CNS 106 Routing Protocols & Concepts 4 CNS 101

This course is the second of four courses that help prepare students for the Cisco CCNA certification exam. It covers the routing concepts introduced in CNS 101. The goal is to develop an understanding of how a router learns about remote networks and determines the best path to those networks. This course includes both static routing and dynamic routing protocols.

CNS 121 Microsoft® Networking Client I 3

This course will help students gain the knowledge and skills required to configure Windows® Vista® for optimal performance on the desktop. This course focuses on installing the client software, migrating from previous versions of the Microsoft® Windows® client, and configuring systems settings, security features, network connectivity, communications and media applications, and mobile devices.

CNS 123 Microsoft® Networking Server I 3

This course covers installing Windows® Server 2008, configuring remote access, Network Access Protection (NAP), network authentication, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and Domain Name System (DNS) replication: capturing and deploying Microsoft® Window® Deployment Services images; creating virtual machines; and installing server core.

CNS 201 Network Security/Security+ 3 CNS 106

The student will be introduced to computer network vulnerabilities and threats and how to safeguard computer networks from those vulnerabilities and threats. This course will expose the student to network security planning, network security technology, network security organization and the legal and ethical issues associated with network security. In this course, students will learn the skills necessary for Security+ certification.

CNS 231 Firewall Intrusion Detection 3 CNS 201

This course will cover how to install, configure and manage network and host-based firewalls. It will cover how to set up and configure popular network-based firewalls and host-based firewalls with various operating systems. It will instruct the students how to set up both network- and host-based intrusion detection systems to determine if and when a network or system has been breached.