The Essential Network Security Courses for Engineers and Administrators

The Essential Network Security Courses for Engineers and Administrators

Solutions Review compiled the top network security courses for network and cybersecurity engineers and administrators of all skill levels.

Network security skills are in high demand among organizations that are looking to operate and maintain their organization’s network security. The pandemic and subsequent ‘new normal’ of remote work are furthering demands for these skills. Many are turning to online learning platforms to up their game and acquire the network security skills most likely to help them stand out.

Whether you are looking to acquire those skills for work or for play, this collection of network security courses will help you learn the ropes so you can pilot some of the most widely used tools in no time! With this in mind, the editors at Solutions Review have compiled this list of top-rated network security courses to consider taking.

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Cisco Core Security: Network Security Fundamentals

“Not knowing how to properly deploy and secure different Cisco Firewalls, Intrusion Prevention Systems, or networking devices can leave your network inefficient and vulnerable to attack. In this course, Cisco Core Security: Network Security Fundamentals, you will learn the foundational knowledge of deploying Cisco’s security products effectively, and how to properly securing each plane. First, you will learn how to leverage Cisco’s Validated Designs to properly architect your network. Next, you will learn how to leverage NetFlow to validate the data traversing your network. Finally, you will explore how to secure the management plane and implement control and data plane hardening techniques on Cisco Routers, Switches, and Wireless LAN Controllers. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of designing and hardening Cisco security devices needed to produce efficient networks that are secure.”

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Computer Security and Systems Management Specialization

“The Computer Security and Systems Management Specialization focuses on computing in an enterprise environment. Combining both theory and real-world experience and architecture, the courses will prepare you to design and audit secure enterprise systems. The courses will cover practical use of major server operating systems in an enterprise environment and how to design and operate them securely.”

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Cybersecurity Roles, Processes & Operating System Security

“This course gives you the background needed to understand basic Cybersecurity around people. process and technology. This course is intended for anyone who wants to gain a basic understanding of Cybersecurity or as the second course in a series of courses to acquire the skills to work in the Cybersecurity field as a Jr Cybersecurity Analyst. The completion of this course also makes you eligible to earn the Cybersecurity Roles, Processes & Operating System Security IBM digital badge.”

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Enterprise System Management and Security

“This course is for anyone who is exploring what it might take to have a job as a system administrator or for those who are already specialized in one area of system management and would like to move to another. This course may also be for those who are looking to understand how computer security plays an important role in system management. At the end of the course, you will also be able to illustrate how different enterprise technologies play role in computing at an enterprise level. You will also be able to discuss the three pillars of the CIA triad and how they apply to enterprise systems.”

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IT Security: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts

“This course covers a wide variety of IT security concepts, tools, and best practices. It introduces threats and attacks and the many ways they can show up. We’ll give you some background on encryption algorithms and how they’re used to safeguard data. Then, we’ll dive into the three As of information security: authentication, authorization, and accounting. We’ll also cover network security solutions, ranging from firewalls to Wi-Fi encryption options. The course is rounded out by putting all these elements together into a multi-layered, in-depth security architecture, followed by recommendations on how to integrate a culture of security into your organization or team.”

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Linux Network Security

“Whether you’re providing enterprise-level services over the web or a company intranet, or simply trying to protect the applications running in your local data center, your network represents your first line of defense against external attacks on your infrastructure. This course, Linux Network Security, will cover the very best security software and practices available to Linux admins, including FreeRADIUS, Wireshark, OpenVAS, iptables, and OpenVPN. You will start with understanding the threats and the tools you can use to counter them. You’ll continue with seeing how to configure and deploy Linux firewall servers using Netfilter and iptables as well as securing your network connections reliably through encrypted virtual private networks. After completing this course, you’ll be better prepared to successfully monitor network activity, scan for vulnerabilities, and protect the legitimate use of your hardware.”

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Network Security Basics

“Data breaches have become commonplace in national and world news, and because of this, engineers now find themselves in new roles in organizations, exclusively focused on securing information. In this course, Network Security Fundamentals, you will learn about the different types of attacks used to bring down networks, and/or steal data from them. First, you will examine the physical security of data centers, password creation recommendations, user account privileges, and devices to monitor network behavior. Next, you will learn about techniques for mitigating these attacks. Finally, you will learn about mechanisms for encrypting wireless traffic. By the end of this course, you will know the difference between WEP, WPA, WPA2, and how you can use multifactor authentication to prevent unauthorized account access.”

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Network Security & Database Vulnerabilities

“This course gives you the background needed to understand basic network security. You will learn the about Local Area Networks, TCP/IP, the OSI Framework and routing basics. You will learn how networking affects security systems within an organization. You will learn the network components that guard an organization from cybersecurity attacks. In addition to networking, you will learn about database vulnerabilities and the tools/knowledge needed to research a database vulnerability for a variety of databases including SQL Injection, Oracle, Mongo and Couch. You will learn about various security breach types associated with databases and organizations that define standards and provide tools for cybersecurity professionals.”

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Networks and Communications Security

“In the Networks and Communications Security Course, you will learn about the network structure, data transmission methods, transport formats, and the security measures used to maintain integrity, availability, authentication, and confidentiality of the information being transmitted. Concepts for both public and private communication networks will be discussed.”

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Penetration Testing, Incident Response and Forensics

“This course gives you the background needed to gain Cybersecurity skills as part of the Cybersecurity Security Analyst Professional Certificate program. You will learn about the different phases of penetration testing, how to gather data for your penetration test and popular penetration testing tools. Furthermore, you will learn the phases of an incident response, important documentation to collect, and the components of an incident response policy and team. Finally, you will learn key steps in the forensic process and important data to collect.”

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Security Awareness Training

“The security of an organization is of the utmost importance and every member of the organization’s staff plays a vital role in defending against cyber threats. One of the best ways to protect the organization is to institute a company-wide security-awareness training initiative. This course is a complete foundational security awareness training program that covers a wide array of topics for nearly every type of end-user and learner level. The content is designed to allow organizations to be able to provide a comprehensive training program to help them protect their information assets against threats.”

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Security Event Triage: Detecting Network Anomalies with Behavioral Analysis

“Developing the skills necessary for a security analyst to properly detect and triage advanced network intrusion tactics and techniques requires experience and the use of advanced detection capabilities. Neither of which are easily obtained. In this course, Security Event Triage: Detecting Network Anomalies with Behavioral Analysis, you will learn foundational knowledge required to separate good network traffic from bad and identify a myriad threat actor activity on an enterprise network. First, you will learn how to use frequency analysis to detect command and control, automated logins, and beaconing. Next, you will learn to leverage protocol analysis to identify DNS tunneling, anomalous HTTPS traffic, authentication brute-forcing, and DHCP abuse. Finally, you will explore the use of population analysis by harnessing machine learning to identify HTTPS exfiltration and connect the dots associated with enterprise network intrusions.”

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Technologies and Tools for CompTIA Security+

“IT Security comprises many different areas and organizations that need skilled IT security personnel who understand the tools and technologies required to architect, deploy, maintain, and troubleshoot the infrastructure required to keep a company’s data secure. In this course, Technologies and Tools for CompTIA Security+, you’ll learn the networking components (hardware and software) required to maintain organizational security. First, you’ll explore the concepts required to troubleshoot and remediate issues. Next, you’ll discover the tools required to properly assess a company’s security posture, including network scanners, protocol analyzers, vulnerability scanning, and exploitation frameworks. Finally, you’ll learn the infrastructure and security concerns dealing with mobile device deployment, including the protocols, devices, and infrastructure needed to secure a company’s assets.”

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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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