Certified Network Defender (CND)

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Course Overview

Certified Network Defender (CND) is a vendor-neutral, hands-on, instructor-led comprehensive network security certification training program. It is a skills-based, lab intensive program based on the security education framework and work role task analysis presented by the National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) as well as a job-task analysis and cybersecurity education framework by the National Initiative of Cybersecurity Education (NICE). The course has also been mapped to global job roles and to the Department of Defense (DoD) job roles for system/network administrators.

The program prepares network administrators how to identify what parts of an organization need to be reviewed and tested for security vulnerabilities and how to reduce, prevent, and mitigate risks in the network. CND covers the protect, detect, respond and predict approach to network security.

Target Audiance

  • System administrators
  • System engineers
  • Firewall administrators
  • Network managers
  • IT managers
  • IT professionals
  • Anyone interested in network security technologies
  • Managers who want to understand cyber security core principles and practices
  • Operations personnel, who although do not have security as their primary job function, will need an understanding of cyber security core principles and practices

Schedule Dates

Certified Network Defender (CND)
18 March 2024 - 22 March 2024
Certified Network Defender (CND)
24 June 2024 - 28 June 2024
Certified Network Defender (CND)
30 September 2024 - 04 October 2024
Certified Network Defender (CND)
30 December 2024 - 03 January 2025

Course Content


Yes, the CND certification is widely recognized and respected in the cybersecurity industry. It validates individuals’ expertise in network defense and their ability to protect organizations from cyber threats.

Yes, achieving the CND certification demonstrates a commitment to network security and can enhance career prospects for roles such as network administrator, security analyst, and network defense specialist.

Yes, the CND course typically includes hands-on labs and practical exercises, allowing participants to apply theoretical knowledge in simulated network defense scenarios.

Many training sessions include opportunities for networking with cybersecurity professionals. Participants can engage in discussions, share experiences, and expand their professional network.

Yes, the course typically covers the implementation and configuration of firewalls and intrusion detection systems as part of network defense strategies.

The CND certification is designed to be vendor-neutral, focusing on fundamental network defense principles that are applicable across different technologies and vendor solutions.

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