This course helps participants develop understanding and hands-on ability in network design and defense. This course provides fundamental understanding of data transfer, network technologies and software technologies so that you understand how networks operate, what software is actually automating and how to analyze the subject material.

Prerequisite: IT Essentials

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • Explain how end-user devices and local networks interact with the global Internet;
  • Explain the requirements for network connectivity;
  • Build a small network using an integrated network router;
  • Explain the importance of IP addressing.


40 hours

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Trust an Unbiased Global View

This course is technology- and policy-agnostic. It is designed, structured, and delivered based on a blend of learning processes and real-world experiences. This ensures you get a truly unbiased world view of universally applicable information and cybersecurity principles and practices presented from a neutral, Canadian perspective.

Access a Continuum of Learning

By completing the Information and Cybersecurity Management Certificate program, you will have what you need to transition to additional learning in the field or bridge to other programs offered by PDI.

The Information and Cybersecurity Management Program is an integral part of a continuum of learning ecosystem in security, cybersecurity, and other disciplines offered by the University of Ottawa Professional Development Institute (uOttawa PDI). The knowledge, skills, and abilities you acquire through this program are complementary to other offerings in PDI’s security portfolio, including:

Financial Intelligence Specialist Program

National Security and Intelligence Advance Certificate

Coding for Veterans

Cyber Skills for Canadians

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