Enrolments: 532,443

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 523,578

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: Cisco CCNA Security

Check out Matt’s introductory video here. Though the course was presented some time ago, the certificate is still available and the content is very useful.

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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students
Duration6 Weeks
Enrolled14,718 students

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Course Schedule

Week 1:

Hardening Cisco IOS Devices

  • Service hardening
  • Management access
  • Best practices

Week 2:


  • ACL types
  • ACL considerations
  • ACL application

Week 3:

Firewall Technologies

  • Firewall type primer
  • Stateful firewalls
  • NAT
  • Zone-based firewalls – using CCP
  • ASA

Week 4:


  • Deployment considerations
  • IPS technologies
  • Configuring IOS IPS using CCP

Week 5:


  • Crypto methods
  • VPN technologies
  • IPSec components
  • Configuring IPSec VPNs using CCP/CLI

Week 6:


  • 50 multiple choice questions (pass mark – 50%)

Course Information Q&A

What is the aim of this short course?

The aim of the short course is to give you a ‘taster’ of what it is like to undertake postgraduate study via online learning with Charles Sturt University.

Who will present the webinars?

These webinars were developed by our senior industry based Cisco Lecturer: Matt Constable. Matt’s experience and qualifications include:

• 14 years as a network engineer, cyber security analyst and communications engineer
• Managed a team of engineers who provided L3 support on a network with 110 remote sites and 7000 users
• Designed, developed and delivered the Cisco certification subjects in the Master of Networking and Systems Administration at Charles Sturt University
• Has a total of 6 academic qualification including a Master of Computer Security, a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology
• Extensive experience as a sports coach and martial arts instructor

Will the course help prepare me for Cisco CCNA certification exam?

Yes — the course will cover all the major modules of the CCNA Security certification. However, depending on your level of experience level, you may need to supplement what you will learn in the course with hands on experience and additional study.

What does the achieving the CCNA Security certification demonstrate?

Achieving the CCNA Security certification demonstrate you can perform crucial security-related tasks such as responding to a security breach, performing risk assessments, configuring secure administrative access and configuring a zone-based policy firewall.

Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer.

Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for course assessment, which comprises the exam and any available participation marks.

Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.

Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.

Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.