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Key Info

  • Course CodeCR_KSECY_6
  • Field of StudyComputing,Computer Science
  • Type of CourseCertificate
  • Type of QualificationSpecial Award
  • Type of Study Part time
  • Application Closing Date8th September 2017
  • Level6
  • LocationCIT Bishopstown Campus
CompTIA® Security+ Certification will prepare students for the CompTIA Security+ Certification Exam. On completion, the student has the requisite knowledge to sit COMPTIA Security+ Exam which is necessary to achieve Certification. This course is focused at the requirements outlined by the CompTIA Security+ Certification examination. But certification is not the only key to professional success in the field of computer security. Today's job market demands individuals with demonstrable skills, and the information and activities in this course can help you build your computer security skill set so that you can confidently perform your duties in any security-related professional role.

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

An Information/Registration session will take place on Wednesday 6th September from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Institute staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.


Course fee
€1,400  (includes course notes, lab manuals, online materials and the cost of both exams)

Delivery & Duration

It is delivered over 12 weeks (two evenings a week Tuesday & Thursday 6.30pm – 9.30pm) during the academic year.

The CompTIA Security + course is delivered online using a live virtual classroom using Adobe Connect supported by a Virtual Lab Environment on a VMware vCloud Platform. Lectures are recorded and can be streamed on an on-demand basis over the duration of the course. The course is supported through CIT’s Learning Management Systems and other communication systems.

CompTIA Academy

The Computing Technology Industry Association has been dedicated to advancing the growth of the Information Technology (IT) industry and those working in it. With more than 19,000 members in 89 countries, CompTIA is the leading Global IT Trade Association with influence in all areas of the IT industry worldwide.

CIT became the first CompTIA CAPP (CompTIA Authorised Partner Programme) to be set up in Ireland. Its most popular accreditations that may be attained from CompTIA are CompTIA A+, Network +, Security+ and Linux+. These courses are delivered under the CIT Cloud Professional Academy, which is focused on delivering courses to Industry in areas of software, infrastructure and big data.


The CompTIA Security+ professionally certified course is run under the Cork Institute of Technology CompTIA CAPP programme. The course offers an excellent theory and practical security course at a foundational level for all participants interested in adding security both at the network and system level. The CompTIA Security + certification is an internationally recognised validation of the technical knowledge required of foundation level security practitioners.

Resources & Materials

All learning resources required to successfully complete this programme are included. Students are also provided with as much personal tuition and support from CIT’s experienced instructors/lecturers as they require throughout the programme. 



Candidates are recommended to have two years’ experience in a networking role with pre-existing knowledge of TCP/IP,= experience in a security related role. Best suited to someone in IT Support, Network or Server Administration or someone working in a network/security role who wishes to attain certification.

Programme Topics
  • Security Fundamental
    The Information Security Cycle
    Information Security Controls
    Authentication Methods
    Cryptography Fundamentals
    Security Policy Fundamentals
  • Security Threats and Vulnerabilities
    Social Engineering
    Physical Threats and Vulnerabilities
    Network-Based Threats
    Wireless Threats and Vulnerabilities
    Software-Based Threats
  • Network Security
    Network Devices and Technologies
    Network Design Elements and Components
    Implement Networking Protocols
    Apply Network Security Administration Principles
    Secure Wireless Traffic
  • Managing Application, Data, and Host Security
    Establish Device/Host Security
    Application Security
    Data Security
    Mobile Security
  • Access Control, Authentication, and Account Management
    Access Control and Authentication Services
    Implement Account Management Security Controls
  • Managing Certificates
    Install a CA Hierarchy
    Enrol Certificates
    Secure Network Traffic by Using Certificates
    Renew Certificates
    Revoke Certificates
    Back Up and Restore Certificates and Private Keys
  • Compliance and Operational Security
    Physical Security
    Legal Compliance
    Security Awareness and Training
  • Risk Management
    Risk Analysis
    Implement Vulnerability Assessment Tools and Techniques
    Scan for Vulnerabilities
     Mitigation and Deterrent Techniques
  • Managing Security Incidents
    Respond to Security Incidents
    Recover from a Security Incident
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
    Business Continuity
    Plan for Disaster Recovery
    Execute DRPs and Procedures
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