Cybersecurity Essentials (free/public/self-paced)

West Michigan Center for Arts+Technology (WMCAT)



A single breach can have huge consequences for a company’s ability to function, hurting the bottom line and causing disruption in the daily lives of millions of people. This is why the demand for security professionals continues to grow. Take this course to develop an understanding of cybercrime, security principles, technologies, and procedures used to defend networks. Then decide whether you want to pursue an entry-level networking or security role professionally. Recommended for students planning to study for the CCNA or CyberOps Associate Certifications. Prerequisite Introduction to Cybersecurity or equivalent knowledge recommended.

You'll learn these core skills:

  • Understand security controls for networks, servers and applications.
  • Learn valuable security principals and how to develop compliant policies.
  • Implement proper procedures for data confidentiality and availability.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills using real equipment and Cisco Packet Tracer.

This course is for those considering an entry-level role in networking or security, and/or planning to study for CCNA Routing & Switching or CCNA Security certifications.


Cost: FREE
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 30 hours
Delivery: Online self-paced

Prerequisite(s): Intro to Cybersecurity (recommended)
Prepares you for a professional certification: No
Receive a certificate of completion: Upon request

Languages: English, Español, Français, Deutsch, Português - Português, Pусский, Український, 中文(简体), 日本語

Course Details


Cybersecurity Essentials (English - 1.11)

05 Nov 2020 - 05 Nov 2021

Cyber Hub at WMCAT

Gain the foundational knowledge and essential skills for all cybersecurity domains, including information security, systems & network security, ethics & laws, and defense & mitigation techniques used in protecting businesses.

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