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What will I learn?

Program Overview

The Network Architecture and Security Analytics (NASA) program is designed to provide students with both the knowledge and skills to design the operation of an enterprise network as well as the knowledge and skills to analyze and secure networks in a broad range of employment fields.

Students will learn how networks are designed, created and maintained using the latest technologies. This program includes training in understanding and using operating systems, system administration, field of client/server computing, server virtualization, enterprise networks and the maintenance of existing computer networks. Students will acquire professional and entrepreneurial skills for industry and self-employment as well as gain a greater understanding of current industry trends and requirements.

In combination with network development students will acquire the capabilities to analyze and evaluate security risks and threats to physical and digital infrastructure, develop and implement security contingency planning, and lead the development of policies and procedures to ensure that security risk is minimized.

Security analytics, and the varying components that are integral to multiple layered defense strategies, will be explored. Effective and secure delivery and support of IT services, that meet a broad spectrum of business needs, will be a core learning component of this program.

This NASA program will give students the skills to ensure networks are protected as best possible from real threats presented by hackers, identity thieves and spammers. News reports about data breaches, security violations, privacy failures and other infrastructure failures highlight a growing threat to business and personal information. There are few people who have the skills and education needed to address the massive demand in this area and exciting career opportunities continue to grow.

The NASA program incorporates curriculum that prepares the student to obtain certification from Cisco Systems as a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) security specialist.

Program Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Design an enterprise network addressing the needs specified by a business or client.
  • Perform network monitoring, analysis and troubleshooting to determine efficient and secure operations. This includes the analysis of intrusion detection/prevention systems and methods and system log analysis both manual and automatic, analyzing network traffic patterns.
  • Develop strategies for dealing with common network vulnerabilities and security issues to protect information in a business, industry or other organization.
  • Design multi-site enterprise operating system infrastructure using a security architecture framework, including Virtual Private Networks.
  • Design and implement secure wireless networks with wireless access points and router configuration as well as linking wireless access control to the corporate Active Directory user database, incorporating current security standards.
  • Design and implement a virtualization and cloud computing focused infrastructure environment specifically addressing security risks associated with incorporating virtualization into an organizations infrastructure.
  • Identify needs, and plan for IT network and security services to support an organization`s business goals and objectives.

Where You'll Work

Possible Occupational Titles:

  • Networking Architect
  • Network Designer
  • Network Developer
  • Network Specialist
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer
  • Security Consultant
  • Security Administer
  • Cryptographer
  • Chief Information Officer

Which department am I in?

Sault College

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
Tuition: CAN $15,899.40, Ancillary fee: CAN $1,524.50; these fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year (year 1 of study) and are subject to change.
Start date

Expected September 2021


Sault College

443 Northern Avenue,

Sault Ste. Marie,

Ontario (ON),

P6B 4J3, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed an Ontario College Diploma or university degree. English language requirement: TOEFL score of 88-89 for the Internet-based Test (iBT) and no test below 21; IELTS score of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5; Cambridge English Exams C1 Advanced/CAE 180 or CAE C; C2 Proficiency/CPE 200 or CPEC; PTE Academic 60.

For international students

Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma, or Degree in the field of computer systems technology, network architecture, computer engineering, information security or equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English, must provide proof of English proficiency. Sault College accepts the TOEFL, or IELTS, or equivalent test to satisfy our English admission requirements.

Results must be from within two years of the start of the program and must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • TOEFL score of 88-89 for the Internet-based Test (iBT) and no test below 21
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5
  • Cambridge English Exams C1 Advanced/CAE 180 or CAE C
  • C2 Proficiency/CPE 200 or CPEC
  • PTE Academic 60
  • TOEIC – GOLD 860 or higher
  • Duolingo 95
  • CAEL 60
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) Level 7 for all areas: reading, writing, speaking, listening

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.