Network Security Administration, Knowledge Unit (2020)

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The intent of the Network Security Administration Knowledge Unit is to provide students with the knowledge to administer and maintain a comprehensive enterprise security infrastructure.


After completing the KU, students will be able to:

  1. Analyze problems, recommend solutions and best security practices, products, and technologies to meet business objectives.
  2. Actively protect information technology assets and infrastructure from external and internal threats.
  3. Monitor systems for anomalies, proper updating, and patching.
  4. Assist in incident responses for any breaches, intrusions, or theft.
  5. Evaluate and perform planning, testing, and implementation of software and hardware deployed.


  1. Coverage of mapping of business objectives to technology objectives and solutions.
  2. Broad coverage of different security solutions and product categories and features.
  3. Discussion of information security issues and conflicts between potential solutions.
  4. Outline of cybersecurity best practices.
  5. Applying network security policies.
  6. Describe and explain risk posture, risk appetite.
  7. Experience with a variety of network and systems monitoring tools.
  8. Issue evaluation, response, and management.
  9. Incident identification.
  10. Incident response processes and management.
  11. Deployment/upgrade processes.
  12. User acceptance testing.
  13. Blackout plans.
  14. Maintenance windows and management.


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