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Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 6,538

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: 142,341

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

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 was run over 5 weeks in August and September 2014. Recordings of the Webinars and other additional material are available immediately once you sign up. 

The course is free to undertake.

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

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 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: 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.