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CIT CompTIA CAPP – Security+ overview

The CompTIA Security+ professionally certified course, is run under the Cork Institute of Technology CompTIA CAPP programme. The course offers an excellent theory and practical security course at a foundational level for all participants interested in adding security both at the network and system level.

The CompTIA Security+ certification is an internationally recognized validation of the technical knowledge required of foundation level security practitioners. A CompTIA Security+ certified professional has successfully illustrated a proven capability and competency in the following areas; general security concepts, communication security, infrastructure security, operational and organizational security and encryption and cryptography.

This course is focused at the requirements outlined by the CompTIA Security+ Certification examination. But certification is not the only key to professional success in the field of computer security Today’s job market demands individuals with demonstrable skills, and the information and activities in this course can help you build your computer security skill set so that you can confidently perform your duties in any security-related professional role.

Resources and Materials

All learning resources required to successfully complete this programme are included. Students are also provided with as much personal tuition and support from CIT’s experienced instructors/lecturers as they require throughout the programme.

The course is delivered using CIT’s cloud services such as Adobe Connect (Virtual Classroom), vCloud (Virtual Lab Environment) and Blackboard (Learning Management System).

Entry Requirements

None specifically but the course is best suited to someone in IT Support, Network Administration or a PC Technician. It would also benefit someone who has already achieved the CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network + certifications.

The technology community identifies CompTIA Security+ certification as the perfect entry to a Security Analyst/Officer career. Leading companies such as FireEye, Intel Security and DELL all place great value on this particular certification.

Course Outline

1: Security Fundamentals

  • The Information Security Cycle
  • Information Security Controls
  • Authentication Methods
  • Cryptography Fundamentals
  • Security Policy Fundamentals

2: Security Threats and Vulnerabilities

  • Social Engineering
  • Physical Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Network-Based Threats
  • Wireless Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Software-Based Threats

3: Network Security

  • Network Devices and Technologies
  • Network Design Elements and Components
  • Implement Networking Protocols
  • Apply Network Security Administration Principles
  • Secure Wireless Traffic

4: Managing Application, Data, and Host Security

  • Establish Device/Host Security
  • Application Security
  • Data Security
  • Mobile Security

5: Access Control, Authentication, and Account Management

  • Access Control and Authentication Services
  • Implement Account Management Security Controls

6: Managing Certificates

  • Install a CA Hierarchy
  • Enroll Certificates
  • Secure Network Traffic by Using Certificates
  • Renew Certificates
  • Revoke Certificates
  • Back Up and Restore Certificates and Private Keys

7: Compliance and Operational Security

  • Physical Security
  • Legal Compliance
  • Security Awareness and Training

8: Risk Management

  • Risk Analysis
  • Implement Vulnerability Assessment Tools and Techniques
  • Scan for Vulnerabilities
  • Mitigation and Deterrent Techniques

9: Managing Security Incidents

  • Respond to Security Incidents
  • Recover from a Security Incident

10: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning

  • Business Continuity
  • Plan for Disaster Recovery
  • Execute DRPs and Procedures

Course Delivery

This course is delivered over 12 weeks (Two evenings a week usually Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm – 9:30pm); during the academic year at the following times:

  • Semester 1: September 2016
  • Semester 2: February 2017

The course can be delivered full contact (on campus) or blended (mixture of online lectures and classroom based labs).

Course Costing

The cost of the CompTIA Security+ is €1400 per student, this includes course notes, lab manuals, online materials and the cost of both exams are included as part of the price.


Computer Trade and Industry Association and Cork Institute of Technology.

Course Dates

The next session of CompTIA Security+ will begin in February 2017.


Pat McCarthy
Department of Computer Science
T: +353 (21) 433 6015

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