Information Technology Advanced Security System

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Information Technology Advanced Security Specialist (ITASS) program is designed, such that students will be prepared to meet the information technology’s industry demands. It covers most popular industry platform such as Microsoft Operating Systems, Linux Operating Systems, mail administration, security policies, procedures, and technical implementation of security standards, forensic inspection, ethical hacking, penetration testing and more.

Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to: 

Act as an information technology specialist and design as well as implement maintain and support the network infrastructure of the organization.  

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to secure an entry level job in Computer networking field. Job titles may include Information Systems Security Professional, Systems Operations Analyst, LAN Manager, Network Administrator, Network Engineer, Network Security Architect, Network Analyst, Computer and Network Operator, Mail Administrator, System Analyst, Network Forensic Inspector, Security Administrator, Network technician and Lab Manager.

Admissions Requirement

Minimum Grade 12 or Equivalent Canadian qualification. If English is not a student’s mother tongue, they are required to have an overall IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (in case of other testing standards) to be admitted into the program. If on starting the program, their language proficiency proves to be significantly lower than what is expected of overall IELTS 6.0, they will be required to take an English course at Focus College before being able to continue with their program studies. Program admission requirements may not be waived by the student or the institution.

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University Progression

The Advanced Diploma in Information Technology Advanced Security System can provide advanced entry to degree-level study or a Masters degree program. See our where to study page for information on the institutions which will consider advanced entry with Focus College’s Diploma qualifications.

OFFERED CAMPUS

Offered at both Kelowna and Surrey campus.

FEES in CDN$

Review our program pricing for full details.

Scholarships and other finance opportunities are available for qualified candidates. 

PROGRAM LENGTH

Two year full time. 

OTHER DETAILS

  • On campus delivery.
  • Students are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the program.
  • Approximately 20-30 hours/week is required from students to be successful in this program.
  • In order to graduate, students must pass all units through the program with a grade of C or higher.
 

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YEAR ONE COURSE DETAILS

This course will summarize the lesson learned from Desktop support & Infrastructure Implementation and Windows Server Configuration courses. It offers the participants an opportunity to review and practice the lessons learned, and will give the instructor a better idea of their students strengths and weaknesses.

Networking and Hardware Fundamentals is a hands-on course designed to introduce participants to the hardware and core concepts of current computers and wired networks.  Participants gain an overview of the various hardware and connection issues that surface during hands-on building and wiring of computers and networks.  Human factors in computing and desktop support will be explored in a project. This course will also provide the foundations required for many of the upcoming courses and concepts that will be discussed in ITS/ITASS.  Several basic mathematic concepts are introduced and tested in order to ensure readiness for future topics.

This Unit will provide candidates with the opportunity to develop effective skills for team working in the context of computing. Candidates will develop co-operative working skills which will include negotiation of goals, roles and responsibilities in the development of a team based Information and Communication Technology (ICT) project. Candidates, both individually as a team, will present the project Outcomes within the timescale prescribed by the team. Individual progress will be tracked against a project plan and the team will develop skills in updating the plan to ensure that the project is delivered on time. Individual team members will contribute to any necessary research and to documentation of the group’s activities.

This course covers the additional functionality provided by Windows Server operating system platform vs. desktop operating systems.  It is expected that students bring a significant hands-on background with Windows OS administration prior to this course.  Server System Configuration is a project-based course in which participants will work through a project to learn how the Windows Server network operating system can be implemented and maintained in a basic network.  Topics include managing and maintaining physical and logical devices, managing users, computers, and groups, managing and maintaining access to resources, managing and maintaining a server environment, and managing and maintaining disaster recovery.

Professional skills Level-1 course is designed to introduce students to the skills and competences that will give them the foundation necessary to be successful in their course of study. Utilizing a variety of resources, including but not limited to Strengths-finder, they will explore communication styles, group dynamics, and time management in order to develop self-awareness necessary for them to be successful in their chosen program and in their career. This will also provide an opportunity to the students to get start the process of building a network and getting to know their fellow students.

This course will summarize the lesson learned from Windows Server Administration and Advanced Network Administration courses. It offers the participants an opportunity to review and practice the lessons learned, and will give the instructor a better idea of their students strengths and weaknesses.

Network Programming Essentials builds a foundation for system programming. The specific language used is Windows shell scripting. In addition to serving as a great introductory computing language, Windows shell scripting serves a very practical purpose: assisting the automated administration of computer and network tasks. As such, this program would be remiss if it did not provide you with some practical examples of Windows shell scripts designed to do something other than play games. This course covers scripting such as network disk drives, user management, disk defrag, network chatting etc.

Windows Server is a project-based course in which participants will work through an intense project to learn how Windows-based organizations can inter-network.  Concepts covered include Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Domain Name System (DNS), Routing and Remote Access Services, and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS).

Advanced Network Administration is a project-based course in which participants will work through a project to learn how the Windows Server network operating system can be implemented and maintained in a basic network.  Topics include managing and maintaining physical and logical devices, managing users, computers, and groups, managing and maintaining access to resources, managing and maintaining a server environment, and managing and maintaining disaster recovery.

This course will summarize the lesson learned from Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure, Enterprise Administration using Windows Server Infrastructure, and Advanced Scripting & Network Administration courses. This will offer the participants an opportunity to review and practice the lessons learned, and will give the instructors a better idea of their students strengths and weaknesses.

Designing and Implementing Server Infrastructure examines the design and decision-making process of network architecture.  Prior to implementing or administration of a network infrastructure, it is vital that a clear road-map is considered prior to engagement.  A project based on design and architecture is the basis of this course, which augments the knowledge gained in Advanced Network Administration; it is expected that students have strong knowledge and skills equivalent to the material in the co-requisites. Concepts covered include planning and implementing server roles and server security, planning, implementing and maintaining routing and remote access, planning and maintaining network security infrastructure and server availability.

Enterprise Administration on Microsoft Windows Servers provides participants hands-on experience with implementing security in a Windows-based network.  The widely deployed Windows has not historically been the most secure platform, which makes the study of security best-practices in Windows extremely important.  Participants will gain an appreciation for solving the paradox of security in a Windows-based environment, instead of merely complaining about its insecurity.  Content includes security concepts surrounding network infrastructure, web services, and system updates.

Advanced Scripting and Network Administration is a pragmatic exploration of scripting. The specific scripting used is PowerShell, which is the language of choice for Windows Administration.  This course covers the fundamental issues of computational programming, including algorithms, arithmetic computations, input/output, control structures and data files, sequencing, looping, decisions, and modular programming.  Structures including arrays, character and string processing will be utilized.

How to be an effective team member, is the second module of the Professional Skills. In this module you will develop interpersonal skills that will help you to be a more effective team member. These competencies are essential to your success, both in college and in your career. Through a variety of exercises you will uncover effective communication strategies and you will then apply this knowledge in in-class assignments and projects.

This course will summarize the lesson learned from Mail Systems and Business Collaboration, and Advanced Routing & Switching using CISCO Hardware courses. This will offer the participants an opportunity to review and practice the lessons learned, and will give the instructors a better idea of their students strengths and weaknesses.

Mail Systems and Business Collaboration is a project-based course of study that provides participants a detailed understanding of Microsoft Exchange and its role within an organization.  In addition to Email administration, topics include high availability, security, and administrative best-practices.

The purpose of the ITIL Foundation certificate in IT Service Management is to certify that the candidate has gained knowledge of the ITIL terminology, structure and basic concepts and has comprehended the core principles of ITIL practices for service management.

The ITIL Foundation certificate in IT Service Management is not intended to enable the holders of the certificate to apply the ITIL practices for service management without further guidance.

Advanced Routing & Switching using Cisco Hardware is a hands-on project based course on Cisco-specific networking topics.  LANs, WANs, and VLANs are examined in the context of a typical commercial enterprise network constructed with Cisco IOS-based equipment.  Configuration of routing protocols and network address translations will also be explored.

Connecting with people, building networking is the third module of the Professional Skills. In this module you will develop and practice some very important networking skills. These competencies are essential to your success, both in college and in your career. Through a variety of activities you will start the process of presenting yourself within your industry and building your professional network. You are required to conduct an informational interview with someone in your field. This will help you understand the insights and ideas for beginning your career with confidence.

YEAR TWO COURSE DETAILS

This course will summarize the lesson learned from Project Management, and Virtualization and Cloud Computing courses. 

This is a project based course that provides participants the knowledge and skills to fully administer a single UNIX-based server. Topics include fundamental Linux navigation as a user; installing and managing a Linux distribution; configuring and managing disks and file systems; users, groups and permissions; backups and restores, installing software and packages; and shutting down and rebooting Linux.

This survey course provides and introduction to Microsoft Project Professional as means of introducing project management concepts. Students will leave with practical working knowledge at an introductory level.

This course covers the additional functionality provided by Windows Server operating system platform vs. desktop operating systems.  It is expected that students bring a significant hands-on background with Windows OS administration prior to this course.  Server System Configuration is a project-based course in which participants will work through a project to learn how the Windows Server network operating system can be implemented and maintained in a basic network.  Topics include managing and maintaining physical and logical devices, managing users, computers, and groups, managing and maintaining access to resources, managing and maintaining a server environment, and managing and maintaining disaster recovery.

This course builds upon the fundamental knowledge of information technology. Students will setup a Microsoft and VMware cloud hosting. It will also delineate software as a service concept using cloud and open cloud solutions. Some of the technologies this course will cover is proxmox, hyper-V, VMware, open virtualization etc.

This course will summarize the lesson learned from Network Security Industry Standards course. This will offer the participants an opportunity to review and practice the lessons learned, and will give the instructors a better idea of their students strengths and weaknesses.

Advance Linux administration course (ITASS601) is a project-based course in which participants will learn how to configure data communications and networking utilizing Linux as a learning tool.  DNS, NFS, DHCP and Samba are covered.  Concepts covered include the OSI 7-layer model, encapsulation and decapsulation, routing, and the basic TCP/IP applications.

This course is designed to establish the foundation of effective documentation skills. In any industry and specifically Information Technology it is essential to have such a skill, to document and communicate effectively. Business standard communications and protocols are discussed.

Network Security Industry Standards (ITASS603) is a course that examines the conceptual issues of security within a computing context.  Logical designs and architecture are emphasized, putting conceptual design for security ahead of implementation.  Security in areas such as physical design, access controls, and network infrastructure are discussed. Computing Security Architecture is a course that covers the logic and theory behind how attacks are executed and how to prevent them.  It will go over in depth traits of various types of malware and the defenses designed to prevent them.

This course will summarize the lesson learned from Perimeter Network Defense course. This will offer the participants an opportunity to review and practice the lessons learned, and will give the instructors a better idea of their students strengths and weaknesses.

This is a project-based course in which participants will learn how to manage and maintain their Linux network. Specific topics covered are; Patching, multi-booting, recovery, printing, backup and restores, File and web servers and integrating in windows networks.

This course examines the critical defensive technologies needed to secure network perimeters. The course includes coverage of network security threats and goals, advanced TCP/IP concepts, router security, intrusion detection, firewall design and configuration, IPSec and virtual private network (VPN) design, and wireless network design and security. Course will highlight various threats and goals and best practices of a DMZ network along with best practices for exchange DMZ environment

This course is designed to implement hands on industry project. It will cover concepts learned in previous six quarters as well as current quarter. Platform includes Microsoft operating systems and Linux operating systems. Project is designed to have a hybrid network where students will design a multi-site network using hybrid technology and operating systems.

How to be an effective team member, is the second module of the Professional Skills. In this module you will develop interpersonal skills that will help you to be a more effective team member. These competencies are essential to your success, both in college and in your career. Through a variety of exercises you will uncover effective communication strategies and you will then apply this knowledge in in-class assignments and projects.

This course will summarize the lesson learned from Cryptology and modern Network Security, Incident Response and Forensic Inspection, and Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing courses. This will offer the participants an opportunity to review and practice the lessons learned, and will give the instructors a better idea of their students strengths and weaknesses.

Cryptology and modern network security (ITASS801) is a course of study that provides practical knowledge of encryption technology and how it is applied in various industries.  Conceptual overviews of cryptographic algorithms, confidentiality, integrity, authentication, non-repudiation, access control, and cryptographic standards and protocols are provided.  Public key infrastructure (PKI) concepts including certificates, revocation and trust models are examined with a hands-on project.

Incident response and Forensics inspection is a course that covers conceptual and pragmatic skills for the first responder for forensic investigation. All IT professionals with any security-related duties should be versed with rules of engaging in a forensic examination, including areas such as non-liturgical and liturgical forensic examination, abuse issues, intrusion management, profiling, and privacy issues. It also covers Computer forensics and investigation as a profession. This course will not only cover the technical aspect of the field but also provide a solid ground for law enforcement, legal processes, report writing for high-tech investigations and ethics and codes in expert witness.

Ethical hacking and penetration testing, introduces the art of the ethical hacking and security testing, preparing you to be an efficient security professional. Course will cover introduction and legality of the ethical hacking, TCP/IP, malicious software, security attacks, enumeration, programming concepts, vulnerabilities of operating systems, cryptography basics and network protection systems.

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