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Enter an exciting career as a security analyst and security systems engineer - 2022/2023

Without the proper protection, our networks are vulnerable to black-hat hackers, identity thieves and spammers. There are few people who have the skills and education needed to ward off the enemies lurking behind computer screens, ready to thwart firewalls, infiltrate networks and corrupt servers. If you’ve been thinking of a career protecting the systems that run our networks and economy, the Network and Security Architecture program will prepare you for this in-demand field.

You’ll start this eight-month graduate certificate co-op program covering key aspects of designing, deploying, supporting, and securing small, medium, and enterprise network and server infrastructures. It will provide you with the fundamentals in advanced networking and security concepts to work in any situation and meet the security challenges that effect today's business environment.

Quite simply, there are not enough people qualified with this high level skill set. Fanshawe, with its existing relationship with Cisco, Microsoft, Redhat, VMware and many other vendors and specialized knowledge in everything from firewalls to server infrastructure, will put you on the fast-track to a highly in-demand career. When you graduate, you’ll be able to work as a security analyst, security systems analyst, and security architect or security systems engineer.

A part-time, online version of this program is availible


Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

Admission Requirements

A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree in a computing related field
Professional background and experience as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

Previous business or information technology post-secondary education and/or training and/or work experience.

Recommended Personal Preparation

In addition to academic and work experiences, it is highly recommended that potential students familiarize themselves with information security trends and new reports, in order to strengthen their understanding of the importance of the Information Security role in organizations

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Network and Security Architecture-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
SRTY-6002Securing Networks4
This course will study the theory and procedures required to secure a network from the edge inward. This will provide the students with the skillset to enhance network security to meet consistently changing requirements.
INFO-6080Securing Servers4
In this course, students will learn how to harden servers, implement encryption, manage identities and secure network traffic at the OS level on a large scale. This course will explore in depth other features such as Identity Manager, Certificate Authority, Advanced Threat Detection, Log Analysis, Policies, and File Services.
SRTY-6003Securing the Edge 14
This course will study the theory and procedures required to secure the edge of a network from potential internal and external threats. The course will provide the students with the skillset to configure and enhance network security to meet consistently changing requirements.
INFO-6070Network Management3
In today's technology driven environment end users just want to get work done and networking is an integral part of that effort. This course focuses on managing networks and the network protocols that enable them to function and how they are used to transmit data between senders and receivers.
INFO-6076Web Security4
This course will delve into the current scripting and computer languages used by modern web clients and servers, with a focus on the programming methodologies used to prevent exploitation of web security vulnerabilities.
ACAD-6002Graduate Success Strategies1
This course presents and helps to develop some of the skills required to achieve academic and career success for graduate students. Areas of focus include college resources, study skills, and time management among other skills. The importance of Academic Integrity will be a main focus.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
SRTY-6004Securing the Edge 24
This course will explore the principles of Intrusion Detection (IDS) and Intrusion Detection Prevention Systems (IPS) their implementation and configuration. It will build on the material studied in Securing the Edge 1 by delivering the technical knowledge, insight, and hands-on training needed to defend a network against intrusion.
INFO-6043IT Service Management3
IT service management (ITSM) refers to the activities that are performed by an organization to plan, design, deliver, operate and control information technology services offered to customers. ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) is the leading standard of IT Service Management, providing a cohesive set of best practices for IT. Students in this course will learn key elements, concepts and terminology used in the ITIL Service Lifecycle, including the linkages between Lifecycle stages, the processes used and their contribution to Service Management practices.
INFO-6075Virtualization Infrastructure4
This course will cover the various technologies and business models related to virtualization and cloud computing. Students will deploy and manage a virtual infrastructure, taking into account the security considerations. Specific topics will include active directory integration, network security policies, firewall configuration and effective use of privileges, roles and permissions.
INFO-6010CISSP Prep3
This course provided students with a comprehensive overview of the domains or areas of study in the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certification. Domains include; Security and Risk Management), Asset Security, Security Engineering, Communication and Network Security, Identity and Access Management, Security Assessment and Testing, Security Operations, Software Development Security. Throughout the course each domain will be studied in more detail covering the topics in the CISSP examination.
INFO-6033Enterprise Network Design4
This course will examine the business-needs based design of enterprise networks. Analysis will focus on selecting technologies to securely implement backbone, distribution and access layers utilizing the most appropriate protocols. Models are used to answer management, security, resiliency, and flexibility concerns in office, mobile, virtual, cloud and data centre environments.
SRTY-6011Securing Wireless Networks4
This vendor-neutral course explores the physical and theoretical aspects of securing wireless networks including wireless network signals, wireless devices, and security protocols.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 11 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2022/2023

Career Opportunities

There is an identified shortage for graduates with this higher level skillset and we are well positioned to offer this program with the established infrastructure and Cisco relationship. Job titles for potential graduates may include Security Analyst, Security Systems Analyst, Security Architect and Security Systems Engineer.

More Information - 2022/2023

A Mandatory Mobile Computing (Laptop) Program
A Co-operative Education Program
A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program

Program Code: NSA1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

September/January Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Information Technology: 519-452-4291

Program Description

The Network and Security Architecture Graduate Certificate program will cover the key aspects of designing, deploying, supporting, and securing small, medium, and enterprise network and server infrastructures. It will cover the fundamentals of advanced networking and security concepts to work in almost any situation and meet the security challenges that are presented.

Other Information

A laptop computer is to be purchased by the student.  A CONNECT lab fee per academic term is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule.  This fee helps cover costs associated with the delivery of the CONNECT mobile computing program.  Students should not purchase a laptop computer or software until the College publishes the recommended configuration, models, software titles and versions for that academic year.

Co-operative Education

In order to be eligible for co-op, students must achieve and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term (Fall intake; completed all courses and Winter intake; completed all first semester courses) prior to the commencement of their co-op work term.  The co-op work term will always be the summer semester regardless of whether the student is in the Fall or Winter intake. 

Students who do not achieve a 2.5 GPA or above will not be eligible for co-op and if for any other reason they do not obtain a co-op placement they can still graduate provided they achieve a 2.0 GPA or above but will not receive the Co-op Endorsed Certificate. More information about co-operative education can be found at

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. Design an enterprise network by applying knowledge of networking and routing protocols.

2. Perform network monitoring, analysis and troubleshooting to determine efficient and secure operations.

3. Develop a security architecture plan to incorporate both perimeter and endpoint security controls and devices to provide layers of security.

4. Design multi-site enterprise operating system infrastructures using a security architecture framework.

5. Design a centrally managed wireless network topology that can accommodate remote sites incorporating current security standards.

6. Design and implement a virtualization and cloud computing focused infrastructure specifically addressing security risks associated with incorporating virtualization into an organizations infrastructure.

7. Deploy servers to host web applications, focusing on securing the server and web from identified security risks.

8. Identify and plan IT services that support business goals and objectives, and explain specific activities directly related to the delivery and support of the services.

Program Pathways

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Program Details

More details

2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 January
2022 September
2023 January

Part Time Offerings

2022 January
London - Online
2022 September
London - Online
2023 January
London - Online

International Students

Start Dates
2022 January
2022 September
2023 January
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Clive Wright

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks