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IT Systems and Security Administrator

Get on the path to a career in the exciting and growing field of cybersecurity and information technology administration.

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Type

Diploma

Duration

81 Weeks

Internship

16 Weeks

Program Outline

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About The Program

The IT Systems and Security Administrator diploma program provides hands-on knowledge required to configure, manage, and secure computer systems and networks. The program also includes 10 free certification examination vouchers (including Microsoft, CompTIA, and Cisco) and a 16-week field placement for students to gain valuable hands-on experience

Career Opportunities

As an IT Systems and Security Administrator graduate, you will qualify for positions such as: Windows Server Administrator, Active Directory Administrator, Windows Network Administrator, Smartphone Administrator, Messaging Administrator, Email Server Administrator, Linux Administrator, Open Source Specialist, and Data Mining Specialist.

Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads

  • CGI
  • Nova Scotia Power Corporation
  • Mobia Technology Innovations
  • Concentrix
  • Innovatia Inc
  • Endeavour Solutions Inc.
  • ABM Integrated Solutions

Salary

94 %

Employment Rate*

$ 32

Average Wage/hr**

$ 46

High Wage/hr**

*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

NOC Code: 2281 - **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on Nova Scotia data. Local (or regional) income may vary.

Program Details

Are you ready to join the exciting world of IT administration and security where the demand for computer, network and cybersecurity professionals remains very high? Now is the time to pursue the IT Systems and Security Administrator diploma program and get into this technology field. Our programs are taught one course at a time, so that you build off of previous learning. Combined with our small class sizes and ready access to hands-on instructors, even those without an IT background can succeed and learn in this field.

Get trained on the technologies used to respond to security breaches and threats, and to secure data access. Learn about operating systems such as Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows Server, and Linux. Get first hand practice configuring Cisco routers and switches, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and how to automate administration using Powershell scripts.

Students enrolled in the program also receive:

  • 10 exam vouchers to write the certifications they wish to pursue         
  • One-on-one assistance from a dedicated employment specialist
Course Listings: Nova Scotia
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Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Installing and Configuring Windows Server
The goal of this course is to provide individuals who have successfully completed an introduction to Windows with an in depth look at the different installation and configuration tasks necessary to manage Windows Server 2016. These tasks include Windows Server deployment, storage configuration, Hyper-V virtualization configuration, as well as fault tolerance, maintenance and monitoring.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Windows Server Administration
This course focuses on the configuration of networking and network services within Windows Server 2016. More specifically, students will learn how to configure IPv4 and IPv6, manage IP addressing and DNS name resolution services, as well as provide for remote connectivity.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Configuring Advanced Windows Server Services
This course configuration and administration Windows Server Active Directory. Moreover, this course covers the configuration and management of Group Policy, certificates and identity access on Windows networks.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. A+
This course introduces the essential operating system skills required of a computer support technician, and covers the skills necessary to achieve the 1000-series A+ Certification (exams 220-1001 and 220-1002). More specifically, students learn how to use, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot and maintain computer hardware alongside the Windows family of operating systems, as well as basic configuration of Linux, MacOS, and mobile operating systems.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Enterprise Smartphone Administration
For many organizations, mobile devices pose a security risk due to theft, or eavesdropping on unsecure/rogue wireless networks. Organizations today must provide configuration and support for mobile smartphone devices within their network environment. This course introduces students to the concepts and procedures used to administer ActiveSync smartphones within an enterprise environment that uses Microsoft Exchange Server. Moreover, this course examines the concepts and procedures used to provide a wireless infrastructure within an organization to support mobile technologies.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Microsoft Exchange Server Administration
This course introduces the skills and knowledge necessary to design, install, configure, administer, and support the Exchange Server 2016 messaging server within an enterprise environment. Students will also find that this course serves as an excellent foundation for managing corporate mailboxes in Microsoft’s Office 365 platform.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Linux Administration
When properly configured, Linux can serve as one of the most stable, secure, and performance-oriented operating systems available. It serves as a key component in enterprise virtualization and cloud service offerings and is used extensively in the computer forensics and cybersecurity space. In this course, students will learn how to install, configure, and administer the basic services of a Linux system. More specifically, they will gain a solid working knowledge of how the Linux operating system works, experience in navigating within the file structure, system and network administration skills, security tools and practices, and more. At course completion, students will have covered the topics covered on the CompTIA Linux+ certification exam.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Network, Mobile & Cisco Technologies
In this course students will learn the theory and concepts required to successfully administer and troubleshoot TCP/IP-based networks. Students will then expand their knowledge of TCP/IP-based networks by learning the configuration and support of mobile devices that use the ActiveSync protocol, as well as Cisco routers, switches and services. Additionally, In addition this course provides the conceptual foundation for later networking courses and introduces the concepts covered on the Comptia Network+ certification exam (N10-007) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification exam (200-301).
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Security and Ethical Hacking
This course introduces students to the concepts and procedures used to implement and configure security within an enterprise environment. Focus will be placed on the procedures and technologies that can be used to secure access to data and mitigate security breaches, as well as the procedures used to assess the attack surface and perform a penetration test and vulnerability assessment for an organization. Additionally, this course covers the concepts tested on the CompTIA Security+ certification exam (SY0-501) and the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst+ certification exam (CS0-002).
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals
Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. SQL Server Administration
This course introduces the concepts and skills required to administer Microsoft SQL Server 2016. More specifically, students will learn how to install/upgrade to SQL Server as well as create, manage, monitor, and optimize databases. Additionally, students will explore additional management tasks such as automation, security, replication, backup/restore, snapshots, log shipping and clustering.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Student Success Strategies
In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Technology Management for IT Professionals
Communication as well as time and project management skills are vital for success in today’s IT industry. Through the use of examples, demonstrations, projects and group activities, students will examine various communication, time and project management strategies and techniques that are commonly used within the IT industry. Moreover, this course introduces students to the concepts necessary to achieve the CompTIA IT Project+ certification (PK0-004).
Icon-Quiz-Small Created with Sketch. Windows 10 Administration & PowerShell Scripting
This course introduces the skills and knowledge necessary to install, configure, administer, and support Microsoft Windows 10. In addition, you will learn about the various tools for administering, configuring, and troubleshooting Windows 10, as well as how to deploy and upgrade to Windows 10, configure disks, users, drivers, printers, network interfaces and security. The course also introduces students to the structure, function, and usage of Windows PowerShell for Windows administration. Students will learn how to use PowerShell to perform key system tasks as well as how to create and modify existing PowerShell scripts to automate system administration and provide reports. This course is a prerequisite for all other Microsoft courses and covers the material tested on the MD-100 and MD-101 certification exams required to obtain the Modern Desktop Administrator Associate (MDAA) designation.
Admission Requirements
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· Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status. If a student does not have Grade 12 or equivalent, he/she must achieve a score of 16 on the Wonderlic Test.

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Success Stories

“Such an amazing, friendly team. With everyone dedicated to student success it is no wonder that there are so many students finding their professional footing and securing their place in the workforce. There is nowhere I would rather be.”

Suzanne

2019