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Network Security Specialist (Certified Ethical Hacker)

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Program Description

This course 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 be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). 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


Financial Aid and Payment Options

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

6 weeks not including prerequisites

Courses start in August, January, and June at CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Essex.  Usually offered during a six-week period, but on occasions may be spread throughout an entire semester.  Course schedules vary each semester and may be offered face-to-face, online or hybrid (a combination of the two).

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

To apply, go to ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

Excellent attendance is required.

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




PCA 619


PCA 615 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit course DCOM 101


Network+ Part 1: Network and Data Communications



Guide to Networking Essentials; Tomsho; ISBN1-305-10543-5; $207.95

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing




PCA 593

Shared with credit course DCOM 215

Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense


Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH); Gregg; ISBN 978-0-7897-5127-0; $59.99


Course & Prerequisite Totals:






Additional Information

Additional Offerings:
Students pursuing certification in Ethical Hacking often enroll in the following computer network/security related classes: A+ Certification; Network+ Certification; Security+ Certification; Windows Server Certification; Cisco Certification; Red Hat Certification; and VMware Certification.

Additional Expenses:​
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam = $950 

Skills for Success:​
Successful candidates should be motivated, independent learners; detail-oriented; have strong analytical skills; and the ability to take direction.

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.

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Charles Blount | cblount@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4221| Catonsville | BESS | 100

Administrative Assistant: Nancy Pittinger | npittinger@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4483 |Owings Mills | 302

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