Explore Security Administrator Undergraduate Certificate
Gain a foundation in information security (including knowledge of 14+ key applications and platforms) and enter this growing field with a credential employers will respect with Champlain's online security administrator certificate.
This certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program, or can be used as a stepping stone on the way to obtaining your bachelor's degree in cybersecurity online.
A Nationally Recognized Leader in Cybersecurity
Champlain is a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity and digital forensics education and home of the Senator Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation & Cybersecurity. With a robust faculty of expert-practitioner instructors who have significant experience working for top organizations and are sought-after thought leaders in the field, we specialize in building agile cybersecurity and digital forensics programs that the meet mission-critical needs of today's businesses, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal governments.
Champlain has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security since 2006, and Champlain cybersecurity programs have been named best in the nation by SC Magazine. Champlain is also designated as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) Air Force Office of Special Investigations - the fifth college in the nation to receive this distinction.
Build Your Career Future
We understand how important it is for busy working adults to gain knowledge and expertise quickly, which is why our security administrator certificate coursework is applicable to the workplace from day one. Whether you've already earned an undergraduate degree or you're currently pursuing your bachelor's degree, a security administrator certificate is a great way to earn a credential in the field, get your resume noticed, and demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of knowledge.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education
Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report
Designated as a Military Friendly School for our commitment to the military community
Named among the top MBA programs by Abound/Colleges of Distinction
Gain New Skills with a Certificate
Cybersecurity careers are expected to grow 32% between 2018 and 2028, significantly higher than the average growth for all fields, as a result of increase cyber threats across all industries.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019
Top Reasons to Pursue a Certificate
- Enter a new field
- Build new skills
- Gain knowledge on your way towards a degree
- Differentiate your resume
- Earn a credential
- Demonstrate proficiency in a focused area of learning
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online security administrator undergraduate certificate, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online security administrator courses encompass the top skills needed by today's information security professionals.
- Windows Server Administration I
- Linux Systems Administration I
- Operating System Security
- Ethical Hacking
Plus Choose One Of The following:
- Windows Server Administration II
- Linux Systems Administration II
See below for course descriptions
This hands-on course will cover the fundamentals, of current Windows server systems and network administration. Topics will include the basics of installing the operating system, adding and managing users and groups, installing and managing services, Windows security objects and permissions, disaster recovery, and migration from previous versions of the operating system.
A hands-on course covering key components of the Linux operating system. Through hands-on activities students will gain a working knowledge of the Linux operating system. Topics include installation and configuration of Linux, using common commands and graphical interfaces, installing common server applications, User and group account management, as well as performance monitoring and security systems.
Through this course, students learn about what makes up an operating system and the various threats to that operating system and, by extension, the user. The focus of this course is on CentOS Linux and Windows Server.
This is a course on how to find and exploit vulnerabilities in systems. While discussing the ethical and legal framework of these activities, students will use Google search techniques (a.k.a. Google Hacking), online applications, including Damn Vulnerable Web Application (DVWA), and Champlain’s virtual environments equipped with Kali Linux, Metasploitable, Nessus, Nexpose, NMAP, Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP), W3AF, Burp, and Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks (a.k.a. SATAN), among other tools.
Take CMIT-135,WEBD-125 and WEBD-220 or CYBR-210
This course will extend coverage of topics in NETW 250 Windows Server Administration I in order to cover the skills necessary to manage a Windows-based, server in a more complex environment. Students gain an advanced understanding of the Active Directory Structure and how it works. The course will also integrate advanced aspects of Windows security, as well as investigate Microsoft Exchange Server. Assignments will provide hands-on experience administering a virtual server environment.
We will extend coverage of topics in NETW 260 Linux System Administration I in order to provide students with the skills they need to deploy, configure and maintain secure Linux servers within the enterprise infrastructure. Many of the topics will provide in-depth coverage of topics including Apache Web Server, SAMBA, NFS, scripting, secure implementations, DNS, DHCP, and, user administration. Extensive lab exercises in a multi-server virtual machine environment will help students put their new skills into practice.
Graduates of the online security administrator certificate program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Troubleshoot, maintain and update an enterprise-level information security system.
- Implement continuous network monitoring and provide real-time security solutions.
- Damn Vulnerable Web Application (DVWA)
- Google Hacking
- Kali Linux
- Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks (SATAN)
- Windows Server
- Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP)
Champlain College Online's information security faculty, led by Program Director Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães, PhD, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our security administrator certificate curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s information security professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the world of cybersecurity, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
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