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Cybersecurity Certificate Program: Network Security

Dr. Salim Hariri
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The Network Security course focuses on network operations and security. Upon successfully completing the program, you will be able to use the data collected from a variety of cyberdefense tools (e.g., IDS alerts, firewalls, network traffic logs) to analyze network events for the purpose of detecting and mitigating attacks against the network.

The course is completely online and you have 24/7 access to materials. Each module includes video lectures and quizzes to ensure you understand the material, plus hands-on practice using network and computer monitoring tools, intrusion detection and prevention tools, and other cybersecurity tools. The hands-on experience and cybersecurity labs will prepare you to immediately apply and use what you learn.

NOTE: Because this training contains online labs, participation in the program requires high-speed and reliable Internet access and a computer (minimum Windows 7 or MacOS X or Ubuntu 12.04 or a tablet with similar capabilities).

What You Will Learn

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a partnership between the private sector, government and academia that works to improve cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

The skills you will learn map directly to the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework:

  • Conducting vulnerability scans and recognizing vulnerabilities (S000I)
  • Analyzing network traffic capacity and performance characteristics (S0004)
  • Applying Host/network access control list (S0007)
  • Creating network security policies that reflect network security objectives (S00018)
  • Detecting host and network-based intrusions via intrusion detection technologies (S0025)
  • Performing packet-level analysis using appropriate tools (e.g., Wireshark, tcpdump) (S0046)
  • Using network management tools to analyze network traffic patterns (S0056)
  • Using Virtual Private Network (VPN) devices and encryption (S0059)
  • Securing network communications (S0077)
  • Protecting a network against malware (S0079)
  • Using network analysis tools to identify vulnerabilities (e.g., fuzzing, nmap, etc.)
  • Configuring and utilizing network protection components (eg., Firewalls, VPNS, Network IDS) (S0084)
  • Network hardening techniques (e.g., removing unnecessary services, password polices, network segmentation, etc.) (S0121)


Dr. Salim Hariri, a Full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Arizona. He the co-director of the NSF Center for Cloud and Autonomic Computing and he is the Editor-In-Chief for the CLUSTER COMPUTING JOURNAL (Springer, http://clus.edmgr.com). Dr. Hariri is a world renowned researcher in the area of cybersecurity, distributed computing, and autonomic computing. Dr. Hariri is the founder of AVIRTEK, a startup cybersecurity company, and he has led the development of several innovative autonomic cybersecurity products and services to provide self-protection capabilities with little involvement of users or administrators.

Discounts and Payment Plans

Discounted pricing ($1,350) is available for University of Arizona faculty/staff and active or retired military service members. A payment plan is also available for this class

Applying to the Program

Network Security is part of the University of Arizona Cybersecurity Certificate Program. This program is intended for technical professionals who want to become experts in cybersecurity. To help ensure you will be successful in the program, you will need to complete a short application that describes your technical skills and experience. You will be notified of the results of your application within one week. Applying is free. If you are accepted into the program, you will be sent a link to register and pay for the course.