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“I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We’ve created life in our own image.” Stephen Hawking

You are:

  • Detail & action-oriented
  • A problem solver
  • Analytical
  • Independent
  • Looking for a challenge

Our 10-month Systems Management & Cybersecurity Program prepares you for a rewarding career using the latest technologies, managing network systems and their security. Our course was developed in response to high demand from all sectors of industry for workers with these skill sets, and is CompTIA authorized. We take pride in producing the province’s very finest networking graduates.

Following 10 months of classroom and practical experience and hands-on instruction, your program concludes with a 4-week practicum placement.

If you love computers and keeping up to date with the latest technologies, if you have a good attention to detail, an analytical mind and enjoy challenges, then our Systems Management & Cybersecurity Program may be just the program for you.

Oulton Systems Management and Cybersecurity Program was developed in response to high demand from all sectors of industry for workers able to effectively use the latest technologies, managing network systems and their security, and is CompTIA authorized. In just 10 months, the Oulton College Systems Management & Cybersecurity Diploma Program will have you ready for a think-on-your-feet, fast-paced, highly valued career in the high stakes world of Big Data.

You will receive individual attention from highly qualified instructors, allowing you to tap into their industry insight. You’ll be certified to work with Windows Server 2022, Linux, and Cisco Routers.

You’ll also be trained in hacker techniques, exploits, and incident handling/security.

Ok, that’s what I can do with the program, but what exactly will I learn?
Our Systems Management & Cybersecurity Diploma program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Hardware: how to recognize, clean, handle, install, diagnose and understand the different functions of various hardware components
  • Operating Systems: preparing computers for various operating systems deployment and ensuring optimal performance and security
  • Networks: understanding internet, intranet and extranet, VPN, Security, Firewalls, LANs, WANs, and wireless networking
  • Network Hardware
  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Windows Server 2022, Linux and Cisco Routers
  • Security and Defence from Hacking
  • Cloud computing
  • Office 365 administration and configuration

So once I’m done the course work, then what happens?

Then you’re ready to test your skills in the real world. A practicum placement is included and gives you 4-weeks of real experience in your area of study. And what’s even better: our graduates often get hired by the company where they did their practicum placement.

Term: September – July

Practicum: 4 weeks

You Will Learn

  • Network Infrastructure
  • Networking Essentials
  • Hacking Techniques
  • Active Directory
  • Hardware Fundamentals
  • Windows Server 2022
  • Active Directory Administration
  • Linux, IoT Platforms
  • Microsoft Technologies
  • Cloud computing
  • Office 365 Administration
  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Post-Admissions Package

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency.

  • IELTS – 6.0, with no individual score lower than 5.5  
  • TOEFL (IBT) – 80, with no individual score lower than 18  
  • Duolinguo – minimum score of 90 with no subject test score less than 90  
  • Cambridge English – minimum score of 169  
  • CAEL – minimum score of 60  
  • Pearson Test of English – minimum score of 55  
  • MELAB – minimum score of 80  

Please see the international application process here.

  • A+ Hardware (SMC 100)

    This course introduces students to the functions of the hardware involved with modern PC, laptop and mobile devices found in a small or home office. Students will learn Installation, Configuration, and Upgrading of computer hardware. Students will diagnose and troubleshoot problematic components and perform preventive maintenance in a simulated work environment.  This module, in combination with A+ Core 1002 (SMC 101) and self-directed study, is designed to help prepare students who wish to challenge for CompTIA’s A+ certification exams (220-1101 and 220-1102).

    A+ Software (SMC 101)

    This module introduces students to the world of computer operating systems found in modern workplace environments. Students will learn how to install, configure, and manage computer operating systems across multiple platforms. In a simulated work environment, students will work on tickets as an entry-level helpdesk technician while learning how to secure data and maintain a secure working environment.  This module, in combination with the Introduction to Hardware module (SMC 100) and self-directed study, is designed to help prepare students who wish to; challenge for CompTIA’s A+ certification exams (220-1101 and 220-1102).

    Network+ (SMC 102)

    This module provides students with in-depth coverage of fundamental network concepts that are used for the remainder of the program. Students will cover network devices, protocols and applications, and be able to describe how they relate to industry models such as the ISO and TCP models. Students will be able to design, diagram and accurately configure IPv4 and IPv6 addressing within a local area network, and be able to explain the purpose and function of the host and network ID, the subnet mask and how to work with DHCP to automate configuration.

    Students will work directly with a variety of hardware and be able to describe their purpose and their functions (and limitations) including switches, hubs and routers, as well as a variety of network media types including cabling and wireless hardware. Students will work to understand the basics of network security encryption, standards, and protocols.  This module, in combination with self-study and guided focus will help prepare students who choose to do so to write their CompTIA Network+ certification exam.

    Windows Server Administration (SMC 201)

    This course prepares students to install and configure Windows Server 2019 and 2022 in an enterprise network environment and become qualified as network administrators using Active Directory. They will become familiar with configuring Windows Server 2022 to host network services and administering a Windows server/client infrastructure, along with the basics of configuring a hybrid environment on-premise/cloud environment using Microsoft Azure.

    Students will demonstrate understanding of various topics through completion of in-class lab work, hands-on projects and computer-based testing. Content will be delivered using a combination of computer-based training, in-class lectures, self-guided reading and study.

    Career Skills (SMC 103)

    This course focuses on basic workplace skills. In addition to learning how to conduct a job search, students learn how to prepare a proper resume and cover letter, as well as to succeed at job interviews.  In addition, they will be exploring the general concepts of communication, management and the role IT / technology plays within an organization. The student will learn to apply practical skills such as soft skills and will have a greater understanding of team dynamics through practical project and presentation.

    Cloud Technologies (SMC 205)

    This module introduces students to cloud computing and the services that can be delivered using cloud hosted technologies. We will cover the concepts, terminology, and characteristics of public clouds; Installing, configuring, and maintaining cloud solutions; Hosted virtual machines; the infrastructure of cloud services; Resource management and monitoring. Students will learn Microsoft Azure services and study Amazon AWS to explore secure cloud solutions and learn to integrate them in a mock enterprise environment.

    Linux Fundamentals (SMC 202)

    This course is designed to build on the fundamental concepts covered in previous modules and expose students to the commands and utilities used in future modules so that they are familiar with the usage and syntax of command line utilities used in the Cybersecurity, and Incident Response and Digital Forensics courses. Students learn the basic system architecture, installation, and management; Understand commands, devices, and file systems; Utilize shells, scripting, and data management techniques; Navigate user interfaces, desktops, and essential system services.

    Python (SMC 204)

    This course will introduce students to the basics of object-oriented programming using the Python language. Students will work through modules and create real-world applications using python that applies the knowledge they learn in class.

    Cybersecurity (SMC 203)

    The Cybersecurity course develops a foundational understanding of cybersecurity and how it relates to information and network security. The course introduces students to characteristics of cyber-crime, security principles, technologies, and procedures to defend networks. Through interactive, multimedia content, lab activities, and multi-industry case studies, students build technical and professional skills to pursue careers in cybersecurity.  This course will build on the security concepts that have been introduced through the program.

    Students focus on the security aspects of networking protocols, networking device types, network security devices and cloud services, access control models, security management concepts and techniques, fundamentals of cryptography and PKI and the essentials of Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) before moving into more advanced topics of OS analysis, endpoint security and monitoring. Students will be introduced to attack types and security evasion techniques as part of the PenTest+ curriculum and learn penetration testing with Kali Linux and a vast array of other tools.

    This course will also cover material related to Incident Response and Digital Forensics topics, including relevant legal principles, for use in an investigatory/law enforcement context.

    This module specifically addresses the content of the CompTIA Security+ and PenTest+ exams, as well as the Certified Ethical Hacker exam from EC-Council.

    Mobile and IoT (SMC 206)

    This course explores the key concepts of mobile computing and the emerging internet of things, the most rapidly expanding technical environment in both social and business environments. The course will allow students to explore their creative side by using the methodologies taught in the course to create their own IoT device in a team environment.

    Capstone (SMC 300)

    Students will use this time to work on a project that combines all knowledge they have learned in their program. They will build a functioning secure enterprise environment and protect it against attack, including implementing hacking tools and techniques.  This course also provides additional training respecting aspects of working in a major corporate environment such as Project Management, Business Controls and Metrics, Continuous Improvement, Business Continuity and Audits.

    Practicum (SMC 400)

    At the conclusion of the coursework, qualifying students will have the opportunity to undertake a 4-week practicum on-the-job training placement with a business in the community. They will be able to apply the skills learned in class and put valuable experience on their resume s.

    Cost Breakdown

    Please refer to your contract for the detailed cost/ tuition breakdown. Costs vary by year, so please ensure you are referring to the correct dates.

The IT sector is waiting for you and offers lots of jobs, stability, and challenging work.

    • Network Administrator
    • Systems Manager
    • Quality Assurance Specialist
    • System Analyst
    • Cybersecurity Specialist
    • Penetration Tester