Welcome to CCNA Security


The Cisco CCNA Security certification is a one of the newest certifications and courses of study offered by Cisco and the Cisco Academy. The curriculum is well written and informative.

As a Cisco Networking Academy instructor I have taught the Cisco CCNA curriculum for over 8 years. The Cisco CCNA Security course is offered either in person as an SDL class, or as an online class. We have a computer networking lab in GMB133 at our disposal for the SDL classes or for the online students who want to drop in in-person. All Cisco Academy students will have access to the curriculum materials, the Packet Tracer network simulation software, and lab access to routers and switches.


All of the course materials including online text, the Packet Tracer program for setting up virtual routers, switches and networks are available through the Cisco Networking Academy website. If you prefer a paper copy of the text you can purchase one online from the Cisco Press or Amazon. Make sure you order a current version of the text. I have provided a link to the text at Cisco Press and the ISBN number:
http://www.ciscopress.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=1587058154: ISBN-10: 1-58705-815-4 / ISBN-13: 978-1-58705-815-8

Class Schedule and Policies

This class is offered either as Self Directed Learning-SDL, or Online. SDL students are required to be in the Lab – GMB133, a minimum of 2.5 hours per week you will log your hours in the lab. Here are some questions you will want answered:

  • When can I come to the Lab?
    You are welcome to come to the lab at all times that it is open. I am personally in the lab to answer your questions and help you with your projects, for my exact lab times click on Lab/Classroom Hours.
  • Can I work in the Lab when you are not there?
    Yes, if the door is open you are welcome to come in and work. If the door is locked try coming into the lab through GMB130 the Flex Lab. The Flex Lab opens Mon-Sat at 9am and is open late Tuesday until 9pm.
  • Can I work with the Cisco routers and switches in the lab?.
    Yes, we have Cisco routers and switches in the lab for your use. We will also have access to a Cisco NetLab available online. Most of the labs will need to be done with the NetLab.
  • What if I am an online student, and I can’t work with the routers in person in the lab?
    Online students will use the Cisco NetLab and Packet Tracer to accomplish the class labs.
  • When should I come to class?
    I recommend CCNA Security students who live in the area to come to the GMB133 Lab Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6pm. This is not mandatory meeting times but I will lecture,discuss and demonstrate chapter topics. For the online and SDL students who cannot come to the lab, I regularly create video tutorials and post articles on the topics covered in the class, so visit the website regularly.
  • How can I assure that I will be successful?
    You will be successful if you take the time to read the assigned Cisco curriculum and do the labs. You will be successful if you attend regularly by coming to the lab Mondays through Thursdays, and logging-in daily to the Cisco Academy and to DansCourses.com. I recommend you plan for your own success by creating scheduled times set aside to work on the Cisco curriculum and its assignments.
  • Is there a syllabus?
    The syllabus outlines the course, please download it and save it for your records:
  • How will I turn in assignments?
    All assignments, Packet Tracer labs, and NetLab configuration files will need to be submitted as email attachments to dan.alberghetti@gmail.com
  • How will I be graded?
    I grade on a point system. Every week you will have the opportunity to earn points. Points will be awarded for the following activities:

    • Chapter Exams – Almost all of chapters in the Cisco curriculum have a multiple choice test at the end of the chapter. The tests measure your knowledge of the chapter content and your ability to logically analyze network diagrams, configuration files, and debugging output and messaging
    • Chapter Labs – You will be given a “skills” grade based on your participation in class and submitted Packet Tracer Labs and NetLabs.
    • A Final NetLab – An online Cisco NetLab exam
    • Final Exam – An online Cisco Academy exam

    Your final grade is based on scale of total points earned to total points possible.

Author: Dan

Dan teaches computer networking and security classes at Central Oregon Community College.

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