Graduate Certificate in Network and Security Architecture


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Program Description

Enter an exciting career as a security analyst and security systems engineer

Without proper protection, our networks are vulnerable to black-hat hackers, identity thieves, and spammers. There are few people who have the skills and education needed to ward off the enemies lurking behind computer screens, ready to thwart firewalls, infiltrate networks and corrupt servers. If you've been thinking of a career protecting the systems that run our networks and economy, the Network and Security Architecture program will prepare you for this in-demand field.

You'll start this eight-month graduate certificate co-op program covering key aspects of designing, deploying, supporting, and securing small, medium, and enterprise network and server infrastructures. It will provide you with the fundamentals of advanced networking and security concepts to work in any situation and meet the security challenges that affect today's business environment.

Quite simply, there are not enough people qualified with this high-level skill set. Fanshawe, with its existing relationship with Cisco, Microsoft, Redhat, VMware, and many other vendors and specialized knowledge in everything from firewalls to server infrastructure, will put you on the fast-track to a highly in-demand career. When you graduate, you'll be able to work as a security analyst, security systems analyst, and security architect or security systems engineer.

Other Information

A laptop computer is to be purchased by the student. A CONNECT lab fee per academic term is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule. This fee helps cover costs associated with the delivery of the CONNECT mobile computing program. Students should not purchase a laptop computer or software until the College publishes the recommended configuration, models, software titles and versions for that academic year.

Co-operative Education

In order to be eligible for co-op, students must achieve and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term (Fall intake; completed all courses and Winter intake; completed all first semester courses) prior to the commencement of their co-op work term. The co-op work term will always be the summer semester regardless of whether the student is in the Fall or Winter intake.

Students who do not achieve a 2.5 GPA or above will not be eligible for co-op and if for any other reason they do not obtain a co-op placement they can still graduate provided they achieve a 2.0 GPA or above but will not receive the Co-op Endorsed Certificate.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Design an enterprise network by applying knowledge of networking and routing protocols.
  2. Perform network monitoring, analysis, and troubleshooting to determine efficient and secure operations.
  3. Develop a security architecture plan to incorporate both perimeter and endpoint security controls and devices to provide layers of security.
  4. Design multi-site enterprise operating system infrastructures using a security architecture framework.
  5. Design a centrally managed wireless network topology that can accommodate remote sites incorporating current security standards.
  6. Design and implement a virtualization and cloud computing focused infrastructure specifically addressing security risks associated with incorporating virtualization into an organization's infrastructure.
  7. Deploy servers to host web applications, focusing on securing the server and web from identified security risks.
  8. Identify and plan IT services that support business goals and objectives, and explain specific activities directly related to the delivery and support of the services.


Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • SRTY-6002 Securing Networks
  • INFO-6080 Securing Servers
  • SRTY-6003 Securing the Edge 1
  • INFO-6070 Network Management
  • INFO-6076 Web Security
  • ACAD-6002 Graduate Success Strategies
  • INFO-6040 Wireless Networks
  • COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • INFO-6038 Virtual Private Networks
  • SRTY-6004 Securing the Edge 2
  • INFO-6043 IT Service Management
  • INFO-6075 Virtualization Infrastructure
  • INFO-6010 CISSP Prep
  • INFO-6033 Enterprise Network Design

Program Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree in a computing-related field


  • Professional background and experience as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

Previous business or information technology post-secondary education and/or training and/or work experience.

Recommended Personal Preparation

In addition to academic and work experiences, it is highly recommended that potential students familiarize themselves with information security trends and new reports, in order to strengthen their understanding of the importance of the Information Security role in organizations

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Career Opportunities

There is an identified shortage for graduates with this higher level skillset and we are well-positioned to offer this program with the established infrastructure and Cisco relationship. Job titles for potential graduates may include Security Analyst, Security Systems Analyst, Security Architect, and Security Systems Engineer.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including ... Read More

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students from 97 different countries. Read less
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