Students in the Cisco Networking Academy & Cyber Security program are introduced to the computer-networking and cyber security field. They learn network terminology and protocols, communication fundamentals in data networks, security and the Internet.

The academy includes study of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, using a top-down approach, cabling and cabling tools, basic Cisco router, configuration, Ethernet technologies, Internet Protocol (IP) addressing, and overview of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), basic configuring and testing of the network and network standards.

This prepares students for the Cisco Certified Network Architect (CCNA) exam in the first year as well as cyber security certification in the second year. Students also learn the skills needed to pass the CompTIA Security+ exam, which ensures they can apply knowledge of security concepts, tools and procedures to react to security incidents, and that they can anticipate security risks and guard against them.

Note: This is a dual enrollment course and has an articulation agreement with UAT. For more information, visit the Dual Enrollment page. 

For announcements and updates about the Cisco Networking Academy & Cyber Security program, text evit to 89800.

Course Code IT12 (First year)
IT20 (Second year)

Length 2-4 semesters

Campus Locations EVIT Main Campus
EVIT East Campus
EVIT Fountain Hills Campus

Certification Cisco Certified Network Architect (CCNA)
CompTIA Security+
Cyber Security Certification

Recommend Prerequisites At least 6 high school credits, including at least 1 English and 1 Math (both ‘C’ or better); keyboarding skills; 2.0 GPA

Possible Careers Network Technician, Network Administrator, Network Security Analyst

Average Entry Level Salary $20-$30 per hour


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