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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 a job-task analysis and cybersecurity education framework presented by the National Initiative of Cybersecurity Education (NICE). The course has also been mapped to global job roles and responsibilities and the Department of Defense (DoD) job roles for system/network administrators. The course is designed and developed after extensive market research and surveys.

The program prepares network administrators on network security technologies and operations to attain Defense-in-Depth network security preparedness. It covers the protect, detect and respond approach to network security. The course contains hands-on labs, based on major network security tools and techniques which will provide network administrators real-world expertise on current network security technologies and operations. The study-kit provides you with over 10 GB of network security best practices, assessments and protection tools. The kit also contains templates for various network policies and a large number of white papers for additional learning.


  • Network Administrators
  • Network Security Administrators
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Network Defense Technicians
  • CND Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Operator
  • Anyone who involves in network operations



  • The student will learn about various network security controls, protocols, and devices
  • The student will able to determine the appropriate location for IDS/IPS sensors, tuning IDS for false positives and false negatives, and configurations to harden security through IDPS technologies
  • Students will able to troubleshoot their network for various network problems
  • Students will able to implement secure VPN implementation for their organization
  • The student will able to identify various threats to the organization network
  • The student will able to identify various threats to the wireless network and learn how to mitigate them
  • The student will learn how to design and implement various security policies for their organizations
  • The student will able to monitor and conduct signature analysis to detect various types of attacks and policy violation activities.
  • The student will learn the importance of physical security and able to determine and implement various physical security controls for their organizations
  • The student will able to perform risk assessment, vulnerability assessment/scanning through various scanning tools and generate detailed reports on it
  • The student will able to harden the security of various hosts individually in the organization’s network
  • The student will able to identify the critical data, choose an appropriate backup method, media and technique to perform a successful backup of organization data on a regular basis
  • The student will able to choose appropriate firewall solution, topology, and configurations to harden security through firewall
  • The student will able to provide first response to the network security incident and assist IRT team and forensics investigation team in dealing with an incident.