Systems Management and Security

The Oulton College Systems Management and Security Diploma Program prepares you for a rewarding career using the latest technologies, managing network systems and their security. Our course was developed in response to high demand from all sectors of industry for workers with these skill sets, and is CompTIA authorized. We take pride in producing the province’s very finest networking graduates.

Through a series of real-life projects and hands-on activities, our Systems Management and Security Program gives you the essential skills you need to succeed in this booming field.

You will receive individual attention from qualified instructors, allowing you to tap into their industry insight. You’ll be certified to work with Windows Server 2008, Linux, and Cisco Routers. You’ll also be trained in hacker techniques, exploits, and incident handling/security.

You can quickly dive into this in-demand field after only 11 months. Our Graduates often get hired by the company where they did their Practicum placement.

Our Systems Management and Security Diploma program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Hardware: how to recognize, clean, handle, install, diagnose and understand the different functions of various hardware components.
  • Operating Systems: preparing computers for various operating systems deployment and ensuring optimal performance and security.
  • Networks: understanding Internet, Intranet and extranet,VPN, Security, Firewalls, LANs, WANs and wireless networking.
  • Network Hardware.
  • Active Directory Domain Services.
  • Windows Server 2008, Linux and Cisco Routers.
  • Security and Defense from Hacking.

A Practicum placement is included and gives you 4-weeks of real experience in your area of study. You’ll be able to apply the skills learned in class and put valuable experience on your resume.

If you love computers and keeping up to date with the latest technologies, if you have a good attention to detail, an analytical mind and enjoy challenges, then our Systems Management and Security Program may be just the program for you. 

Duration: September - July

Practicum: 4 weeks

Career Choices

The IT sector is waiting for you and offers lots of jobs, stability, and challenging work.

  • Network Administrator
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • System Analyst

You Will Learn

  • Network Infrastructure
  • Networking Essentials
  • Hacker Techniques
  • Active Directory
  • Hardware Fundamentals
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Linux, Cisco Router
  • Microsoft Technologies

Course Descriptions

Hardware Fundamentals

By course end a student should have an understanding of basic PC hardware, and should know how to recognize, clean, handle, install, diagnose, understand the function of, and know the different types of each of the following components:

·       CPU’s

·       CD and DVD media drives

·       RAM

·       Sound and Video card

·       Motherboards

·       Monitors

·       Cases, and power supplies

·       Modems & NICs

·       ROM / CMOS, firmware

·       Printers

·       Expansion buses

·       Cables and connectors

·       Floppy drives

·       Laptops and docking stations

·       IDE drives

·       Network hubs, cabling, wireless

·       SCSI devices

·       Fans and Heat sinks

·       Keyboards, mice

 

Operating System Essentials

This module introduces students to the world of computer operating systems. Focus will be aimed at preparing students to support Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 client systems in a home or office environment.

The primary goal of this module is to ensure students have advanced knowledge in preparing computers for operating system deployments, using the built-in administrative utilities to extract the optimal performance and security from the operating system and the ability to recognize problems and recover from them effectively. Equal emphasis will be shown to administration of home computers as to computers in a corporate environment. Among the many topics covered, students will become skilled at performing routine procedures at the command line.

This module, in combination with the Hardware Fundamentals module, is designed to help prepare students for CompTIA’s A+ certification exams, Microsoft Technology Associate certification exam for Operating System Essentials and Microsoft Certified Professional exams.

Network Fundamentals

Upon completion the student will be able to:

·       Understand the concepts of Internet, intranet, and extranet, including: VPN, security zones, & firewalls.

·       Understand local area networks (LANs) & wide area networks (WANs) covering: perimeter networks; addressing; reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback ip), VLANs; wired LAN and wireless LAN, leased lines, dial-up, ISDN, VPN, T1, T3, E1, E3, DSL, Cable, etc. and their characteristics (speed, availability).

·       Understand wireless networking. Types of wireless networking standards and their characteristics (802.11A,B,G,N including different Ghz ranges), types of network security (WPA/WEP/802.1X etc.), point-to-point (P2P) wireless, wireless bridging

·       Understand switches, including managed or unmanaged switches; VLAN capabilities; Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches, security options; hardware redundancy; support; backplane speed; switching types, MAC table; understanding capabilities of hubs vs. Switches.

·       Understand router transmission speed, directly connected routes, static routing, dynamic routing (routing protocols), default routes; routing table and how it selects best route(s); routing table memory, NAT, software routing in Windows Server

·       Understand media types: cable types and their characteristics, including media segment length and speed; fibre optic; twisted pair shielded or nonshielded; catxx cabling, wireless; susceptibility to external interference (machinery, power cables, etc); susceptibility to electricity (lightning), susceptibility to interception.

·       Understand the OSI model and the TCP model; examples of devices, protocols, applications and which OSI/TCP layer they belong to; TCP and UDP; well-known ports for most used purposes, packets and frames.

·       Understand IPv4 & IPv6 including such topics as: subnetting; IPconfig; why use IPv6; addressing; ipv4toipv6 tunnelling protocols to ensure backwards compatibility; dual IP stack; subnet mask; gateway; ports; packets; reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback IP);

·       Understand names resolution methods such as: DNS, WINS, steps in the name resolution process, and networking services like: DHCP, remote access

·       Finally coverage of troubleshooting tools such as ping; tracert; pathping; Telnet; IPconfig, and netstat.

Installing and Configuring Windows Server

This module uses lectures, discussions, demonstrations, textbook exercise and classroom labs to develop the skills and knowledge which form the foundation for administering an Active Directory domain using Windows Server 2012 R2.

Students will examine the following areas of Windows Server 2012:

Using built-in administrative tools to manage Windows Server locally and over-the-network
Configuring Windows storage solutions, including configuration of RAID arrays, SAN vs. NAS storage technologies, using Windows Storage Pools, using virtual disk technologies in the aid of server virtualization, and backup storage technologies.
Configuring Windows file and printer services to aid in sharing resources, best practices when securing network resources, using Volume Shadow Copy to provide on-line backup protection, using Work Folders to facilitate faster resource sharing at branch offices, and configuring advanced printer configurations to support business needs.\
Installation and configuration of an Active Directory domain.
Creating users and groups in a domain environment
Using group policy to enforce uniform security levels
Using DNS to provide name resolution services to client systems.
Using DHCP to provide automatic addressing to client systems of a Windows network.

Administering windows Server

This module uses lectures, discussions, demonstrations, textbook exercise and classroom labs to develop the skills and knowledge which form the foundation for designing, implementing and managing network services to achieve the optimal performance of a Windows Server 2012 R2 network.

Students will examine the following areas of Windows Server 2012:

Using Windows Deployment Services to automate the distribution of client operating systems on a Windows network.
Using Windows Server Update Services to automate the distribution and installation of patches on a Windows network.
Using the Distributed File System to optimize user access to shared network resources.
Using File System Resource Manager to implement folder-by-folder restrictions on type of content and size of content
Using built-in tools to monitor a server’s performance and the indicators of problems
Using built-in tools to monitor the security state of a server and the indicators of problems
Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 to support incoming connections by implementing virtual private networks and remote desktop services.
Using Remote Access Policies to restrict access levels to the network
Using Group Policy to optimize the user environment
Deploy Internet Information Server as a Web server
Proper licensing techniques

This module will include a major team project testing skills learned in implementing a Windows Server domain.

Linux

Students will be introduced to installing, configuring and managing both Debian-based and Red Hat-based distributions of Linux. Topics covered include command-line administration, user and group maintenance, and file system manipulation. Students will become familiar with both the KDE and GNOME desktop environments.

Network Security and Ethical Hacking

This module will help students develop the foundational skills necessary to secure a network and to become a better network administrator. Students will be prepared to defend their corporate environment against malicious attackers by exploring the world of hacking. Students will learn the techniques and methods used by real hackers to compromise systems in order to discover ways their environments might be vulnerable to these attacks and implement counter measures to secure their infrastructure.

Students will learn to detect and categorizes various forms of malware as well as detect and combat social engineering and phishing attacks.  The user authentication process will be studied as well as the forms of access control available to Windows Server administrators. The fundamentals of cryptography including encryption, digital certificates and the public key infrastructure are also covered in detail.

Among the hacking techniques discussed will be reconnaissance methods, using automated scanning tools to profile a network or computer system, using malware to compromise system security, password cracking, denial of service and distributed denial of service attacks, and compromising wireless security.

CISCO Routers
Students learn configuration of Cisco routers and switches using Cisco’s IOS. The following topics will be covered: introduction to Internetworking Technology, concepts and commands required to configure Cisco Routers and switches in small to medium multi-protocol networks, experience configuring fully operational Cisco routers and switches, apply Cisco IOS software commands to start up and configure a newly installed router and switch, perform all basic configuration procedures to build a multi- router, multi-group network that uses LAN and WAN interfaces for the most commonly used routing and routed protocols. The student will be able to challenge for Cisco’s CCNA and CCENT certifications.

Introduction to Business for Network Administrators

This course focuses on basic workplace skills. The students will be exploring the general concepts of management and the role IT / technology plays within an organization. The student will learn to apply practical skills such as soft skills and will have a greater understanding of team dynamics through practical project and case analysis.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Systems Management and Security

The Oulton College Systems Management and Security Diploma Program prepares you for a rewarding career using the latest technologies, managing network systems and their security. Our course was developed in response to high demand from all sectors of industry for workers with these skill sets, and is CompTIA authorized. We take pride in producing the province’s very finest networking graduates.

Through a series of real-life projects and hands-on activities, our Systems Management and Security Program gives you the essential skills you need to succeed in this booming field.

You will receive individual attention from qualified instructors, allowing you to tap into their industry insight. You’ll be certified to work with Windows Server 2008, Linux, and Cisco Routers. You’ll also be trained in hacker techniques, exploits, and incident handling/security.

You can quickly dive into this in-demand field after only 11 months. Our Graduates often get hired by the company where they did their Practicum placement.

Our Systems Management and Security Diploma program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Hardware: how to recognize, clean, handle, install, diagnose and understand the different functions of various hardware components.
  • Operating Systems: preparing computers for various operating systems deployment and ensuring optimal performance and security.
  • Networks: understanding Internet, Intranet and extranet,VPN, Security, Firewalls, LANs, WANs and wireless networking.
  • Network Hardware.
  • Active Directory Domain Services.
  • Windows Server 2008, Linux and Cisco Routers.
  • Security and Defense from Hacking.

A Practicum placement is included and gives you 4-weeks of real experience in your area of study. You’ll be able to apply the skills learned in class and put valuable experience on your resume.

If you love computers and keeping up to date with the latest technologies, if you have a good attention to detail, an analytical mind and enjoy challenges, then our Systems Management and Security Program may be just the program for you. 

Duration: September - July

Practicum: 4 weeks

Career Choices

Career Choices

The IT sector is waiting for you and offers lots of jobs, stability, and challenging work.

  • Network Administrator
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • System Analyst

You Will Learn

You Will Learn

  • Network Infrastructure
  • Networking Essentials
  • Hacker Techniques
  • Active Directory
  • Hardware Fundamentals
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Linux, Cisco Router
  • Microsoft Technologies

Course Description

Course Descriptions

Hardware Fundamentals

By course end a student should have an understanding of basic PC hardware, and should know how to recognize, clean, handle, install, diagnose, understand the function of, and know the different types of each of the following components:

·       CPU’s

·       CD and DVD media drives

·       RAM

·       Sound and Video card

·       Motherboards

·       Monitors

·       Cases, and power supplies

·       Modems & NICs

·       ROM / CMOS, firmware

·       Printers

·       Expansion buses

·       Cables and connectors

·       Floppy drives

·       Laptops and docking stations

·       IDE drives

·       Network hubs, cabling, wireless

·       SCSI devices

·       Fans and Heat sinks

·       Keyboards, mice

 

Operating System Essentials

This module introduces students to the world of computer operating systems. Focus will be aimed at preparing students to support Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10 client systems in a home or office environment.

The primary goal of this module is to ensure students have advanced knowledge in preparing computers for operating system deployments, using the built-in administrative utilities to extract the optimal performance and security from the operating system and the ability to recognize problems and recover from them effectively. Equal emphasis will be shown to administration of home computers as to computers in a corporate environment. Among the many topics covered, students will become skilled at performing routine procedures at the command line.

This module, in combination with the Hardware Fundamentals module, is designed to help prepare students for CompTIA’s A+ certification exams, Microsoft Technology Associate certification exam for Operating System Essentials and Microsoft Certified Professional exams.

Network Fundamentals

Upon completion the student will be able to:

·       Understand the concepts of Internet, intranet, and extranet, including: VPN, security zones, & firewalls.

·       Understand local area networks (LANs) & wide area networks (WANs) covering: perimeter networks; addressing; reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback ip), VLANs; wired LAN and wireless LAN, leased lines, dial-up, ISDN, VPN, T1, T3, E1, E3, DSL, Cable, etc. and their characteristics (speed, availability).

·       Understand wireless networking. Types of wireless networking standards and their characteristics (802.11A,B,G,N including different Ghz ranges), types of network security (WPA/WEP/802.1X etc.), point-to-point (P2P) wireless, wireless bridging

·       Understand switches, including managed or unmanaged switches; VLAN capabilities; Layer 2 and Layer 3 switches, security options; hardware redundancy; support; backplane speed; switching types, MAC table; understanding capabilities of hubs vs. Switches.

·       Understand router transmission speed, directly connected routes, static routing, dynamic routing (routing protocols), default routes; routing table and how it selects best route(s); routing table memory, NAT, software routing in Windows Server

·       Understand media types: cable types and their characteristics, including media segment length and speed; fibre optic; twisted pair shielded or nonshielded; catxx cabling, wireless; susceptibility to external interference (machinery, power cables, etc); susceptibility to electricity (lightning), susceptibility to interception.

·       Understand the OSI model and the TCP model; examples of devices, protocols, applications and which OSI/TCP layer they belong to; TCP and UDP; well-known ports for most used purposes, packets and frames.

·       Understand IPv4 & IPv6 including such topics as: subnetting; IPconfig; why use IPv6; addressing; ipv4toipv6 tunnelling protocols to ensure backwards compatibility; dual IP stack; subnet mask; gateway; ports; packets; reserved address ranges for local use (including local loopback IP);

·       Understand names resolution methods such as: DNS, WINS, steps in the name resolution process, and networking services like: DHCP, remote access

·       Finally coverage of troubleshooting tools such as ping; tracert; pathping; Telnet; IPconfig, and netstat.

Installing and Configuring Windows Server

This module uses lectures, discussions, demonstrations, textbook exercise and classroom labs to develop the skills and knowledge which form the foundation for administering an Active Directory domain using Windows Server 2012 R2.

Students will examine the following areas of Windows Server 2012:

Using built-in administrative tools to manage Windows Server locally and over-the-network
Configuring Windows storage solutions, including configuration of RAID arrays, SAN vs. NAS storage technologies, using Windows Storage Pools, using virtual disk technologies in the aid of server virtualization, and backup storage technologies.
Configuring Windows file and printer services to aid in sharing resources, best practices when securing network resources, using Volume Shadow Copy to provide on-line backup protection, using Work Folders to facilitate faster resource sharing at branch offices, and configuring advanced printer configurations to support business needs.\
Installation and configuration of an Active Directory domain.
Creating users and groups in a domain environment
Using group policy to enforce uniform security levels
Using DNS to provide name resolution services to client systems.
Using DHCP to provide automatic addressing to client systems of a Windows network.

Administering windows Server

This module uses lectures, discussions, demonstrations, textbook exercise and classroom labs to develop the skills and knowledge which form the foundation for designing, implementing and managing network services to achieve the optimal performance of a Windows Server 2012 R2 network.

Students will examine the following areas of Windows Server 2012:

Using Windows Deployment Services to automate the distribution of client operating systems on a Windows network.
Using Windows Server Update Services to automate the distribution and installation of patches on a Windows network.
Using the Distributed File System to optimize user access to shared network resources.
Using File System Resource Manager to implement folder-by-folder restrictions on type of content and size of content
Using built-in tools to monitor a server’s performance and the indicators of problems
Using built-in tools to monitor the security state of a server and the indicators of problems
Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 to support incoming connections by implementing virtual private networks and remote desktop services.
Using Remote Access Policies to restrict access levels to the network
Using Group Policy to optimize the user environment
Deploy Internet Information Server as a Web server
Proper licensing techniques

This module will include a major team project testing skills learned in implementing a Windows Server domain.

Linux

Students will be introduced to installing, configuring and managing both Debian-based and Red Hat-based distributions of Linux. Topics covered include command-line administration, user and group maintenance, and file system manipulation. Students will become familiar with both the KDE and GNOME desktop environments.

Network Security and Ethical Hacking

This module will help students develop the foundational skills necessary to secure a network and to become a better network administrator. Students will be prepared to defend their corporate environment against malicious attackers by exploring the world of hacking. Students will learn the techniques and methods used by real hackers to compromise systems in order to discover ways their environments might be vulnerable to these attacks and implement counter measures to secure their infrastructure.

Students will learn to detect and categorizes various forms of malware as well as detect and combat social engineering and phishing attacks.  The user authentication process will be studied as well as the forms of access control available to Windows Server administrators. The fundamentals of cryptography including encryption, digital certificates and the public key infrastructure are also covered in detail.

Among the hacking techniques discussed will be reconnaissance methods, using automated scanning tools to profile a network or computer system, using malware to compromise system security, password cracking, denial of service and distributed denial of service attacks, and compromising wireless security.

CISCO Routers
Students learn configuration of Cisco routers and switches using Cisco’s IOS. The following topics will be covered: introduction to Internetworking Technology, concepts and commands required to configure Cisco Routers and switches in small to medium multi-protocol networks, experience configuring fully operational Cisco routers and switches, apply Cisco IOS software commands to start up and configure a newly installed router and switch, perform all basic configuration procedures to build a multi- router, multi-group network that uses LAN and WAN interfaces for the most commonly used routing and routed protocols. The student will be able to challenge for Cisco’s CCNA and CCENT certifications.

Introduction to Business for Network Administrators

This course focuses on basic workplace skills. The students will be exploring the general concepts of management and the role IT / technology plays within an organization. The student will learn to apply practical skills such as soft skills and will have a greater understanding of team dynamics through practical project and case analysis.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

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