Free Short Course: Cisco CCNA Security

The aim of the short course is to give you a taste of what it is like to undertake Postgraduate study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

The short course will be run over 5 weeks with lectures being delivered via weekly after hours Webinars (recordings of the Webinar will be available if you are unable to make the live event).

The course is free to undertake.

Enter your details below if you wish to register for the “Cisco CCNA Security” Short Course

Course Schedule (Recordings of the Webinars will be available if you are unable to make the live event)

Week 1: 18th – 24th August

Hardening Cisco IOS Devices

  • Service Hardening
  • Management Access
  • Best Practices

Webinar: 7:00 – 8:30pm, Monday 18th August AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC +10)

Week 2: 25th  - 31st August


  • ACL Types
  • ACL Considerations
  • ACL Application

Webinar: 7:00 – 8:30pm, Monday 25th August AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC +10)

Week 3: 1st – 7th September

Firewall Technologies

  • Firewall Type Primer
  • Stateful Firewalls
  • NAT
  • Zone Based Firewalls – Using CCP
  • ASA

Webinar: 7:00 – 8:30pm, Monday 1st September AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC +10)

Week 4: 8th - 14th September


  • Deployment Considerations
  • IPS Technologies
  • Configuring IOS IPS Using CCP

Webinar: 7:00 – 8:30pm, Monday 8th September AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC +10)

Week 5: 15th – 21st September


  • Crypto Methods
  • VPN Technologies
  • IPSec Components
  • Configuring IPSec VPNs Using CCP/CLI

Webinar: 7:00 – 8:30pm, Monday 15th September AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC +10)

Week 6: 22nd – 28th September


  • 50 Multiple Choice Questions – Pass Mark 70%


Course Information Q&A

Question 1: 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 Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Question 2: Who will present the webinars?

These webinars were presented 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

Question 3: Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Completion of the course will not qualify for credit but completing your Cisco CCNA Security certification will qualify you for credit into the Master of IS Security or Master of Management (IT) degrees at Charles Sturt University.  To find out how much credit you would qualify for, fill out the Eligibility form at

Question 4: 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.   

Question 5: Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No – all materials will be supplied to you.

Question 6: 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.

Question 7: Will the sessions be recorded, posted and accessible later if I was unable to attend a lecture?

Yes – the sessions will be recorded and you will be able to access them if you miss the live event.

Question 8: Is there a final exam?

Yes – there will be a CCNA Security certification practice exam at the end of the course.  The exam will be a timed, open book exam that you will sit at your computer. Please note that this test itself will not provide you with CCNA certification, but it will help test your preparedness for the real thing. Also, those who pass our exam will receive a certificate of achievement for the short course.