With the increasing dependence on information systems in business, security of the underlying network infrastructure is crucial. The Open University, a leading Cisco Academy, has added Network Security to its portfolio of internationally recognised courses.
Network Security will address global computing concerns, including threats, physical and environmental security, security architecture and design, intrusion prevention, virtual private networks and information security risk management.
IT security is under threat due to a lack of skilled professionals and The Open University is working with industry and education partners to deliver a skilled workforce. Registrations onto security management and computer forensics courses have doubled over the last year, and Network Security will provide computer networking professionals with highly valued commercial qualifications.
Andrew Smith, Lecturer on the Cisco Certified Networking Associate and Professional (CCNA/CCNP) programmes, said the course will benefit any professional looking to develop their network security skills and academic portfolio, as well as those interested in the wider remit of advanced networking.
He said: “Successful completion will open up career opportunities in infrastructure and network security, systems security management and advanced networking – with recent news stories about hacking, these areas should be a priority for all businesses and private network users.”
The first presentation starts on 05 November 2011.
This postgraduate course is also part of the PGdip and MSc in Advanced Networking, which draws on the CCNP (Cisco Certified Networking Professional) curriculum. The course is endorsed by CompTIA.