40 Hours


In the “Cybersecurity: Network Defense” microcredential course, learners will explore crucial aspects of cybersecurity, focusing on effective system and network defense strategies. The course encompasses a wide range of topics, including access control, firewall functionality and deployment, cloud security, and practical cryptography applications. Additionally, this dives deep into network security data analysis and proficient evaluation of security alerts. Throughout the program, hands-on experiences will empower learners to implement defensive measures, manage access controls, work with simulated firewalls, and interpret diverse network data types.

Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding Defense

Module 2: System and Network Defense

Module 3: Access Control

Module 4: Access Control Lists

Module 5: Firewall Technologies

Module 6: Zone-Based Policy Firewalls

Module 7: Cloud Security

Module 8: Cryptography

Module 9: Technologies and Protocols

Module 10: Network Security Data

Module 11: Evaluating Alerts

Required Resources

Computer, 2GB RAM or higher, 8GB free disk space (Hardware); Oracle VirtualBox and virtual machine image file (Software); High-speed Internet Connection (Network)


PC and internet navigation skills, basic Windows and Linux system concepts, basic understanding of computer networks, and binary and hexadecimal conversion; completed course Cybersecurity: Endpoint Security


In this Cybersecurity: Endpoint Security course, there will be

  • One (1) diagnostic assessment will be conducted asynchronously and knowledge-based, allowing learners to proceed at their own pace. It offers the flexibility for remote or on-site participation.
  • Two (2) formative assessments, one concentrating on knowledge and the other on performance-based skills measurement. Both formative assessments are to be conducted synchronously, allowing learners to participate remotely or on-site.
  • A performance-based summative assessment is conducted synchronously, offering learners the option of remote or on-site participation.

Credit and Recognition

The certification is globally recognized wherever Cisco and Cisco NetAcad are acknowledged.

This course is delivered in partnership with CISCO, a leading global technology company, through its CISCO Networking Academy Program. To ensure the quality of this microcredential, continuous feedback loops with students, instructors, and industry practitioners are maintained to improve content, delivery, and assessment methods continuously.

Learning Pathways

Learners are eligible to take the CISCO Certification “Cybersecurity: Threat Management.”

Cybersecurity: Endpoint Security is a prerequisite for Cybersecurity: Network Defense. After mastering endpoint security fundamentals, you’ll be ready to delve deeper into network defense strategies as part of the Junior Cybersecurity Analyst Pathway.

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