A+, Net+, Security+

240 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

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CompTIA A+ exam is a globally recognized industry standard for establishing an IT career. CompTIA A+ Core Series 220-1001 exam and 220-1002 exam cover expanded content on growing IT support role including expanded baseline security topics. The certification provides a different approach to define competency in operational procedures including basic disaster prevention, recovery, and scripting basics and a greater dependency on networking and device connectivity.

This course is intended for entry-level computer support professionals with a basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts and acquire the required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration, or who wish to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ certification (Exam N10-007).

Gain hands-on expertise in CompTIA Security+ certification exam by course and performance based labs. Performance based labs simulate real-world, hardware, software & command line interface environments and can be mapped to any text-book, course & training. CompTIA Security+ is an entry-level, international, vendor-neutral credential designed for IT security professionals to identify risk, participate in risk mitigation activities, provide infrastructure, information, operational, and application security. CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 exam covers the application of security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity, and availability; identification of appropriate technologies and products; troubleshooting security events and incidents, and many more.

This course includes FREE access for 12 months to a cloud based lab platform to assist students develop the practical information technology (IT) skills necessary to succeed in high in demand IT jobs.  This cloud based lab solution uses real equipment that enables our students to execute each practical task in a safe environment that is accessible from anywhere without needing to buy their own hardware or risk damage to their own system.

Along with providing the necessary hardware in a virtual environment, students gain access to high quality practical exercises that cover many of the exam topics they will encounter on their certifying exams.

This course prepares students to take the CompTIA A+ 220-1001 & 220-1002, N10-007: Network+, SY0-501: Security+ certification exams.

Course Outline:

CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and 220-1002 Curriculum:
Chapter 1: Troubleshooting
  • Module A: Troubleshooting theory
  • Module B: Safety
  • Module C: Professionalism
  • Summary
Chapter 2: Motherboards and CPUs
  • Module A: Motherboards
  • Module B: CPUs
  • Summary
Chapter 3: Computer power supplies
  • Module A: Power supply connectors
  • Module B: Power supply installation
  • Module C: Power supply troubleshooting
  • Summary
Chapter 4: Memory
  • Module A: Read-only memory
  • Module B: Random access memory
  • Summary
Chapter 5: Computer expansion
  • Module A: Expansion interfaces
  • Module B: Expansion card installation
  • Module C: Connectors and cables
  • Summary
Chapter 6: Physical storage
  • Module A: Disk drives
  • Module B: RAID storage
  • Module C: Optical drives
  • Module D: Other storage methods
  • Summary
Chapter 7: Input-output devices
  • Module A: Input devices
  • Module B: Output devices
  • Module C: Dual input-output devices
  • Summary
Chapter 8: Display Devices
  • Module A: Display technologies
  • Module B: Display management
  • Summary
Chapter 9: Operating systems
  • Module A: Windows versions and features
  • Module B: Non-Windows operating systems
  • Module C: Operating system installation and upgrades
  • Module D: Applications and scripting
  • Summary
Chapter 10: Windows management
  • Module A: Operating system features and tools
  • Module B: Control Panel utilities
  • Module C: Command-line tools
  • Module D: Troubleshooting
  • Summary
Chapter 11: Network basics
  • Module A: Classifying networks
  • Module B: Network devices
  • Module C: Internet connections
  • Summary
Chapter 12: Network cables and connectors
  • Module A: Twisted-pair connections
  • Module B: Coaxial connections
  • Module C: Optical media
  • Summary
Chapter 13: Network protocols
  • Module A: TCP/IP settings
  • Module B: Transport protocols
  • Module C: Application protocols
  • Summary
Chapter 14: Wireless networking
  • Module A: Wireless technology
  • Module B: Wi-Fi standards
  • Summary
 Chapter 15: Windows networking
  • Module A: Network shares
  • Module B: Network connections
  • Module C: Connection troubleshooting
  • Summary
Chapter 16: Virtualization and cloud computing
  • Module A: Virtualization
  • Module B: Cloud computing
  • Summary
Chapter 17: Mobile devices
  • Module A: Mobile device types
  • Module B: Mobile device configuration
  • Module C: Mobile device troubleshooting
  • Summary
Chapter 18: Security principles
  • Module A: Threats and vulnerabilities
  • Module B: Security controls
  • Summary
Chapter 19: Security technologies
  • Module A: Operating system security
  • Module B: Security hardware and software
  • Summary
Chapter 20: Securing devices and data
  • Module A: Workstation security
  • Module B: Mobile device security
  • Module C: Security troubleshooting
  • Summary
Chapter 21: SOHO network configuration
  • Module A: SOHO router features
  • Module B: Network security
  • Summary
Chapter 22: Printers and multi-function print devices
  • Module A: Printer technologies
  • Module B: Printer installation and maintenance
  • Module C: Printer troubleshooting
  • Summary
Chapter 23: Custom computers
  • Module A: Custom computer considerations
  • Summary
Chapter 24: Operational procedures
  • Module A: IT operations
  • Module B: Environmental factors
  • Module C: Incident response
  • Module D: Backup and recovery
  • Summary
Chapter 25: Appendix A
Chapter 26: Appendix B
  • 3D Objects
Chapter 27: Appendix: 3D Avatar based Simulation
  • 220-1001 3D Game
  • 220-1002 3D Game
CompTIA A+ 220-1002 Live Labs
CompTIA Network+ N10-007 Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Introduction to Networks
  • First Things First: What's a Network?
  • Physical Network Topologies
  • Topology Selection, Backbones, and Segments
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Labs
Lesson 2: The Open Systems Interconnection Specifications
  • Internetworking Models
  • The OSI Reference Model
  • Introduction to Encapsulation
  • Modulation Techniques
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 3: Networking Topologies, Connectors, and Wiring Standards
  • Physical Media
  • Cable Properties
  • Wiring Standards
  • Installing Wiring Distributions
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 4: The Current Ethernet Specifications
  • Network Basics
  • Ethernet Basics
  • Ethernet at the Data Link Layer
  • Ethernet at the Physical Layer
  • Ethernet over Other Standards (IEEE 1905.1-2013)
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
  • Written Lab Answers
Lesson 5: Networking Devices
  • Common Network Connectivity Devices
  • Other Specialized Devices
  • Planning and Implementing a Basic SOHO Network Using Network Segmentation
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
  • Answer to Written Lab
Lesson 6: Introduction to the Internet Protocol
  • Introducing TCP/IP
  • Data Encapsulation
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
  • Lesson 7: IP Addressing
  • IP Terminology
  • The Hierarchical IP Addressing Scheme
  • IPv4 Address Types
  • Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 8: IP Subnetting, Troubleshooting IP, and Introduction to NAT
  • Subnetting Basics
  • Troubleshooting IP Addressing
  • Introduction to Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Labs
Lesson 9: Introduction to IP Routing
  • Routing Basics
  • The IP Routing Process
  • Testing Your IP Routing Understanding
  • Static and Dynamic Routing
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 10: Routing Protocols
  • Routing Protocol Basics
  • Distance Vector Routing Protocols
  • Link State Routing Protocols
  • High Availability
  • IPv6 Routing Protocols
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 11: Switching and Virtual LANs
  • Networking Before Layer 2 Switching
  • Switching Services
  • Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Virtual LANs
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol
  • Two Additional Advanced Features of Switches
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 12: Wireless Networking
  • Introduction to Wireless Technology
  • The 802.11 Standards
  • Comparing 802.11 Standards
  • Wireless Network Components
  • Installing a Wireless Network
  • Site Survey
  • Wireless Security
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 13: Authentication and Access Control
  • Security Filtering
  • Managing User Account and Password Security
  • User-Authentication Methods
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 14: Network Threats and Mitigation
  • Recognizing Security Threats
  • Vulnerabilities
  • Understanding Mitigation Techniques
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Anti-malware software
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 15: Physical Security and Risk
  • Using Hardware and Software Security Devices
  • Defining Firewalls
  • Firewall Technologies
  • Firewalls at the Application Layer vs the Network Layer
  • Scanning Services and Other Firewall Features
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems
  • VPN Concentrators
  • Understanding Problems Affecting Device Security
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 16: Wide Area Networks
  • What's a WAN?
  • T-Series Connections
  • Transmission Media
  • Broadband Services
  • Wireless WAN Technologies
  • WAN Protocols
  • WAN Troubleshooting
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 17: Troubleshooting Tools
  • Protocol Analyzers
  • Throughput Testers
  • Connectivity Software
  • Using Traceroute
  • Using ipconfig and ifconfig
  • Using the ping Utility
  • Using the Address Resolution Protocol
  • Using the nslookup Utility
  • Resolving Names with the Hosts Table
  • Using the Mtr Command (pathping)
  • Using the route Command
  • Using the nbtstat Utility
  • Using the netstat Utility
  • Using the File Transfer Protocol
  • Using the Telnet Utility
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 18: Software and Hardware Tools
  • Understanding Network Scanners
  • Baseline
  • Network Monitoring and Logging
  • Identifying Hardware Tools
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 19: Network Troubleshooting
  • Narrowing Down the Problem
  • Troubleshooting Steps
  • Troubleshooting Tips
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 20: Management, Monitoring, and Optimization
  • Managing Network Documentation
  • Network Monitoring
  • Network Optimization
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 21: Appendix A
  • Videos
CompTIA Network+ N10-007 Practice Lab:
  • Configuring a Network Adaptor
  • ARP and Packet Analysis
  • IP Address Configuration
  • IP Addressing Schemes
  • Configuring DHCP Clients and Servers
  • IPv6 Addressing
  • Configuring Routing
  • TCP and Port Scanning
  • Name Resolution
  • Configuring Email Services
  • Configuring a NAT Firewall
  • Authentication Methods
  • Configuring Certificate Services and HTTPs
  • Performance Testing and Monitoring
  • Monitoring and Management Tools
  • Configuring Routing Using Cisco Devices
  • Configuring VPNs
CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Measuring and Weighing Risk 
  • Risk Assessment
  • Developing Policies, Standards, and Guidelines
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 2: Monitoring and Diagnosing Networks
  • Monitoring Networks
  • Understanding Hardening
  • Securing the Network
  • Security Posture
  • Reporting Security Issues
  • Differentiating between Detection Controls and Prevention Controls
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 3: Understanding Devices and Infrastructure
  • Mastering TCP/IP
  • Designing a Secure Network
  • Understanding the Various Network Infrastructure Devices
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 4: Access Control, Authentication, and Authorization
  • Understanding Access Control Basics
  • Understanding Remote Access Connectivity
  • Understanding Authentication Services
  • Understanding Access Control
  • Implementing Access Controlling Best Practices
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 5: Protecting Wireless Networks
  • Working with Wireless Systems
  • Understanding Wireless Devices
  • Wireless Vulnerabilities to Know
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 6: Securing the Cloud
  • Working with Cloud Computing
  • Working with Virtualization
  • Security and the Cloud
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 7: Host, Data, and Application Security
  • Application Hardening
  • Host Security
  • Protecting Data Through Fault Tolerance
  • Application Security
  • Best Practices for Security
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 8: Cryptography
  • An Overview of Cryptography
  • Modern Cryptography
  • Using Cryptographic Systems
  • Understanding Cryptography Standards and Protocols
  • Using Public Key Infrastructure
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 9: Malware, Vulnerabilities, and Threats
  • Understanding Malware
  • Surviving Viruses
  • Understanding Various Types of Attacks
  • Identifying Types of Application Attacks
  • Tools for Finding Threats
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 10: Social Engineering and Other Foes
  • Understanding Social Engineering
  • Understanding Physical Security
  • Environmental Controls
  • Control Types
  • Data Policies
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 11: Security Administration
  • Third-Party Integration
  • Understanding Security Awareness and Training
  • Classifying Information
  • Information Access Controls
  • Complying with Privacy and Security Regulations
  • Mobile Devices
  • Alternative Methods to Mitigate Security Risks
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 12: Disaster Recovery and Incident Response
  • Issues Associated with Business Continuity
  • Reinforcing Vendor Support
  • Penetration Testing
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 13: Video Tutorials
  • Introduction
  • Security Fundamentals and Controls
  • Security and Risk
  • Business Continuity and Load Balancing
  • Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Assessment Tools
  • Application, Data, and Host Security
  • Access Control and Identity Management
  • Security Controls and Cryptography
  • Virtual Private Networks
  • Conclusion
CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Practice Lab:
  • Trojans and Malware Protection
  • Network Vulnerabilities
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Routing Protocols
  • Attacks against DHCP and DNS
  • Steganography
  • Configuring Certificate Services
  • HTTP and HTTPS
  • Web Application Vulnerabilities
  • Telnet and FTP and SSH
  • Password Sniffing
  • Baseline Security Analyzer
  • Network Access Protection
  • VPNs
  • Data Leakage Prevention
  • Computer Forensic Tools

All necessary materials are included.

Certification(s):

This course prepares students to take the CompTIA A+ 220-1001 & 220-1002, N10-007: Network+, SY0-501: Security+ certification exams.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**