Cybersecurity Micro-credential

Cyber Security

Description and Curriculum Overview

This module is an introduction to telecommunications networks. It covers the fundamentals of networking concepts, such as networking media, topology, switching, and management. It will also include an introduction to Open System Interface (OSI) layered organization and the functionality of each layer. Additionally, this module provides a comprehensive introduction of network security, its use and implementation. Students will be introduced to general security, communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, operational/organizational security and physical security. Students will gain practical skills and learn techniques of detecting and correcting security vulnerabilities. Students are expected to complete several assignments preparing for CompTIA Security+ professional IT certification.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the different types of telecommunication networks and OSI seven-layer standards.
  • Analyze and describe computer network building blocks and their functions.
  • Interpret network designs and management methods for networks.
  • Justify the choice of topologies, protocols and transmission media for appropriate networks.
  • Identify the physical security and its properties and uses
  • Configure and manage various network devices
  • Detect, prevent and recover intrusion
  • Explain the cryptography and its different types
  • Discover and correct vulnerabilities in forensics, attacks and malicious codes
  • Configure and manage disaster recovery and ensure business continuity


  • Current CUNY students who already completed 30 credits or will complete 30 credits by the end of fall 2020 semester with good academic standing
  • Programming knowledge and experience preferred.
  • Technical knowledge:
  1. Working knowledge of programming in python, Java or C+
  2. Proficiency knowledge in Windows (client and server) and Linux operating systems
  3. Proficiency knowledge in Networking hardware and software

Outline of Topics

  • An Introduction to Networking
  • Networking Standards and the OSI Model
  • Transmission Basics and Networking Media
  • Topologies and Ethernet Standards
  • Network Hardware, Switching, and Routing
  • TCP/IP Networking
  • Wide Area Network
  • Wireless Networking
  • Managing and Troubleshooting
  • Network Security
  • Security Practices and Procedures
  • Security Fundamentals
  • Administration & Maintenance Fundamentals
  • Device Configuration Fundamentals
  • Authentication Fundamentals
  • Cryptography Basics
  • PKI and Digital Certificates
  • Malicious Code Fundamentals
  • Detection, Response & Recovery
  • Law, Ethics and Policy