Intro to Cybersecurity & Cybersecurity Essentials

A NapaLearns Virtual Career Academy Information Technology Course

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There are two Cisco courses in this curriculum: Introduction to Cybersecurity and Cybersecurity Essentials. 

Intro to Cybersecurity explores cyber trends, threats and the broader topic of cybersecurity. Participants will learn how to protect their personal privacy online while gaining additional insight on the challenges companies, and governmental and educational institutions face today. 

Cybersecurity Essentials develops an understanding of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures used to defend networks. Note: Intro to Cybersecurity is a prerequisite unless you have participated in the Cybersecurity Camp offered by Napa Valley College. 

You will receive a Certificate of Completion when you complete each course.

Stay protected with a cybersecurity plan

Objectives: Learn valuable security principles

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Have an understanding of the types of Cyber attacks that exist today
  • Know why cybersecurity is important and how businesses can protect themselves
  • Have an understanding of how they can help employers combat Cyber attacks
  • Understand security controls for networks, servers and applications
  • Learn how to develop compliant policies
  • Implement proper procedures for data confidentiality and availability

Course Materials

You will need the following resources for this course:

  • Internet: Access to a broadband internet connection 
  • Computer:  A desktop computer or Chromebook
  • Packet Tracer ( resource ): Download latest version of Packet Tracer
  • Optional Course: Introduction to Packet Tracer Course 

Course Curriculum

Weekly Schedule and Planning Guide

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