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Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)

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  • Objectives
    The Advanced Diploma in Information Technology (Network Security) will equip you with comprehensive skills and knowledge to develop network security infrastructures and to work on network security in various information technology sectors. The course introduces networking, programming and project management as well as higher-level management skills in network security. You will develop and present a feasibility report, design a security framework, prepare disaster recovery/contingency plans, plan and implement process re-engineering strategies for e-business, build an internet infrastructure, perform systems tests and monitor and review security risk management plans. This will be performed on Microsoft Windows, Linux and UNIX systems as well as Cisco router products. Advanced Diploma in Information Technology (Network Security) graduates will be equipped for employment in many roles in network security, including security analysts, security administrators, web security administrators and IT security consultants. This Course is aligned with internationally recognised vendor qualifications Comp TIA Security+ and Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).
  • Entry requirements
    You will need to complete a Direct Entry Application Form. You may also be required to attend an interview. Applicants will be expected to have suitable language, literacy, numeracy and communication skills needed to undertake the Advanced Diploma in Information Technology (Network Security). To obtain this Advanced Diploma qualification you will need to have completed, or currently undertaking, an associated qualification in Information Communication and Technology or an approved bridging course.
  • Academic Title
    Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)
  • Course description
    Modules / Units of Competency
    There are a number of Modules / Units of Competency that form the Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security). The Modules / Units of Competency and hours listed below are included in the current Gordon course structure and are subject to change.
    Title     Approx. Hours

    Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)     
    Network Security (Firewalls) 1
    Build a Security Shield for a Network     40
    Install and Manage Network Protocols     40
    Install and Configure a Network     40
    Configure an Internet Gateway     20
    Network Security (Operating System Hardening) 1
    Design System Security and Controls     30
    Identify Technical Security Requirements     10
    Security Risk Management 1
    Follow Workplace Safety Procedures     10
    Design Organisational Docs Using Computing Packages     40
    Create Technical Documentation     20
    Implement Risk Management Processes     20
    Network Security (Firewalls) 2
    Build a High Performance Security Perimeter     30
    Install and Manage Complex Networks     60
    Operate Computer Hardware     20
    Use Computer Operating System     20
    Network Security (Operating System Hardening) 2
    Install and Maintain Valid Authentication Processes     25
    Design Complex Projects     80
    Direct Complex Project Activities     50
    Network Security (Firewalls) 3
    Build a Highly Secure Firewall     30
    Undertake a Complex Design Brief     80
    Network Security (System Integration & Hardening) 3
    Prepare Disaster Recovery and Contingency Plans     30
    Implement Change Management Processes     30
    Operate Computing Packages     60
    Network Security (Firewalls) 4
    Determine and Confirm Client Business Expectations and Needs     40
    Design an IT Security Framework     30
    Develop a Basic Design Concept     40
    Develop a Detailed Design Concept     60
    Network Security (System Integration and Hardening) 4
    Identify Best-Fit Topology for a Wide Area Network     20
    Operate a Personal Computer     30
    Intergrate Commercial Computing Packages     30
    Prepare Security Risk Management Plan     50
    Technology Electives (Choose 2)
    Apply Principles of Visual Design and Communication to the Development of Multimedia Product     40
    Design a Website to Meet Technical Requirements     40
    Design a Server     30
    Design Dynamic Websites to Meet Technical Requirements     40
    Create a Simple Mark-up Language Document to Specification     20
    Produce Basic Client Side Script for Dynamic Webpages     40
    Build and Configure a Server     50
    Install Network Hardware to a Network     40
    The Advanced Diploma in Information Technology (Network Security) is a part-time course studied over a minimum of 24 months. Course intakes are generally in February and July and students can expect between four to eight hours of classroom attendance per week.

    Selection Criteria
    If applications exceed course vacancies then selection criteria will apply. Application preference will then be based on an interview, where you will be asked to demonstrate conceptual and technical abilities as well as outline your experience in the industry.

    Links and options exist between various levels of study. Accredited pathways exist enabling students to move between courses within the Gordon and to other higher education institutions.

    Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)

        * Security analyst
        * Security administrator
        * Web security administrator
        * IT security consultant

    Bachelor of Information Technology
    Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems)
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be given for skills and knowledge gained through previous study or other relevant experience.
    Gordon Institute Support Services

    The Gordon offers a range of support services to assist prospective students with course, career or fee advice. For enrolled students, the Gordon provides general education support, counselling and careers advisors, disability support services and an Indigenous Education Unit. The Gordon also offers an on-campus Student Residence for students living away from home. If you need assistance in any of these aspects please let a Gordon staff member know so that we can arrange assistance where appropriate.

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