Network Defense Essentials Certification

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Course Overview

Network Defense Essentials covers the fundamental concepts of information security and network defense. This introductory cybersecurity course is designed for today’s entry-level information security or cybersecurity careers and is ideal for learners aspiring to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

The course gives a holistic overview of the key components of Information Security such as Identification, Authentication and Authorization, Virtualization and Cloud Computing, Wireless Networks, Mobile and IoT Devices, and Data Security. The interactive labs component of this course ensures that learners receive the hands-on, practical experience required for a future in cybersecurity.

NDE-certified learners have an assured means of formal recognition to add to their resumes and show off their expertise and skills to prospective employers. The purpose of the NDE certification is to recognize the competency and expertise of a professional in network defense and information security skills, thereby adding value to their workplace and employer.

Target Audiance

  • Network Defense Essentials Certification is designed for IT professionals, cybersecurity specialists, network administrators, and anyone responsible for securing organizational networks against cyber threats.

Schedule Dates

Network Defense Essentials Certification
08 April 2024 - 12 April 2024
Network Defense Essentials Certification
08 July 2024 - 12 July 2024
Network Defense Essentials Certification
14 October 2024 - 18 October 2024
Network Defense Essentials Certification
20 January 2025 - 24 January 2025

Course Content


The N|DE is designed for students at all levels of education, from high school through university, as well as working professionals looking to start their careers in cybersecurity.

Yes! Those who complete the N|DE course will be awarded a certificate attesting to their skills and indicating that they are qualified to enter the industry as professionals.

The EC-Council N|DE course can be taken by anybody at any time: there are no prerequisites. Anyone with a computer and access to the internet can take this class.

Completing the rest of the Essential Series (E|HE and D|FE) is highly recommended after completing the N|DE to ensure that one has a thorough grasp of fundamental cybersecurity principles. After finishing this course, you will be qualified to enroll in EC-Council’s Certified Cybersecurity Technician (C|CT) course. Following this, you can enroll in core programs like the C|ND and the C|EH. Advanced certifications/specializations from EC-Council, such as the C|SA, C|CSE, and C|TIA, can be taken thereafter, depending on your area of interest.

The N|DE course verifies a candidate’s understanding of network defense and information security, providing students with a concrete means of proving their skills to prospective employers.

There are no prerequisites or other requirements for the N|DE Course. Anyone interested in breaking into the cybersecurity industry and learning the foundations of network defense will benefit from this training.

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