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Network Security Specialist (Certified Ethical Hacker)

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Program Description

This course series prepares students to sit for the EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam, and for professional careers in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). Instruction combines an ethical methodology with the hands-on application of security tools needed to secure computer information systems. Students are introduced to common countermeasures that effectively reduce and mitigate attacks.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.  Students will be prepared to sit for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam.


Certifying Organization:

EC-Council, International Council of E-Commerce Consultants


Career Opportunities:

With the Certified Ethical hacker (CEH) certification, students qualify for entry-level to mid-level positions that include: Network Security Specialist; Network Penetration Tester; Certified Ethical Hacker; Data Security Administrator; Information Security Analyst; Information Security Administrator; Information Security Office; Information Security Specialist; Information Systems Security Analyst; Computer Security Specialist; Information Security Manager; Information Technology Security Analyst; Security Consultant; and Site Administrator-Auditor. This career requires continued training and education.

The CEH certification enables individuals to apply for security positions in the government IT sector. The National Security Agency (NSA), the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), and the Department of Defense (DOD), use this certification in their process for clearing contractors and employees to access sensitive information.

Program Length

6 weeks to 1 semester (14 weeks) for prerequisite

6 weeks for Ethical Hacking course - The CEH course starts in August, January, and June at CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Essex. It is usually offered during a six-week period, but is occasionally spread throughout an entire semester. Course schedules vary each semester and may be offered face-to-face, online or hybrid (combination of face-to-face and online).

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED. Students must be computer literate, have strong computer skills and access to a computer and the Internet to complete assignments.

Network+ certification or strong networking background – students without this requirement must take the prerequisite course listed below.

Application Process

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

1. (Prerequisite) Network+ Part 1: Network and Data Communications: PCA 619  or Network and Data Communications - HYB PCA 615  (both shared with credit course DCOM 101)

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Guide to Networking Essentials; Tomsho; ISBN1-305-10543-5; $197.35
    • Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing

2. Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense: PCA 593  (shared with credit course DCOM 215)

  • Textbook/Materials:
    • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH); Gregg; ISBN 978-0-7897-5127-0; $59.99


Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $1124 (Tuition-$394/Fees-$730)
  • Textbook/Materials: $257.34


Program Contact Information


Steve Ricketts



Owings Mills, 305E

Administrative Assistant:

Nancy Pittinger



Owings Mills, 302

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

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