A+, Net+, Security+

240 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Gain hands-on expertise in CompTIA A+ certification exam by CompTIA A+ 220-901 course. CompTIA A+ exam is globally recognized, vendor-neutral exam designed for IT professionals. 220-901 exam covers network connectivity issues, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware, and PC hardware and peripherals.  220-902 exam covers iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux, security, the fundamentals of cloud computing and operational procedures, and installing and configuring operating systems including Windows.

This course is intended for entry-level computer support professionals with a basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of networking concepts and acquire the required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration, or who wish to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ certification (Exam N10-006).

Gain hands-on expertise in CompTIA Security+ certification exam by course and performance based labs. Performance based labs simulate real-world, hardware, software & command line interface environments and can be mapped to any text-book, course & training. CompTIA Security+ is an entry-level, international, vendor-neutral credential designed for IT security professionals to identify risk, participate in risk mitigation activities, provide infrastructure, information, operational, and application security. CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 exam covers the application of security controls to maintain confidentiality, integrity, and availability; identification of appropriate technologies and products; troubleshooting security events and incidents, and many more.

This course includes FREE access for 12 months to a cloud based lab platform to assist students develop the practical information technology (IT) skills necessary to succeed in high in demand IT jobs.  This cloud based lab solution uses real equipment that enables our students to execute each practical task in a safe environment that is accessible from anywhere without needing to buy their own hardware or risk damage to their own system.

Along with providing the necessary hardware in a virtual environment, students gain access to high quality practical exercises that cover many of the exam topics they will encounter on their certifying exams.

Course Outline:

CompTIA A+ 220-901 Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Motherboards, Processors, and Memory
  • Identifying Components of Motherboards
  • Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Processors
  • Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Memory
  • Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Cooling Systems
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 2: Storage Devices and Power Supplies
  • Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Storage Devices
  • Identifying Purposes and Characteristics of Power Supplies
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 3: Peripherals and Expansion
  • Installing and Configuring Expansion Cards
  • Identifying Characteristics of Connectors and Cables
  • Input Devices
  • Output Devices
  • Input and Output Devices
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 4: Display Devices
  • Understanding Display Types and Settings
  • Understanding Video Standards and Technologies
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 5: Custom Configurations
  • Standard Thick Clients
  • Graphic and CAD/CAM Design Workstations
  • Audio/Video Editing Workstations
  • Virtualization Workstations
  • Gaming PCs
  • Home Theater PCs
  • Thin Clients
  • Home Server PCs
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 6: Networking Fundamentals
  • Understanding Networking Principles
  • Identifying Common Network Hardware
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 7: Introduction to TCP/IP
  • Understanding TCP/IP
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 8: Installing Wireless and SOHO Networks
  • Understanding Wireless Networking
  • Installing and Configuring SOHO Networks
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 9: Understanding Laptops
  • Understanding Laptop Architecture
  • Disassembling and Reassembling Laptops
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 10: Understanding Mobile Devices
  • Understanding Mobile Devices
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 11: Installing and Configuring Printers
  • Understanding Print Technologies and Imaging Processes
  • Installing and Configuring Printers
  • Performing Printer Maintenance and Upgrades
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 12: Hardware and Network Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting Core Hardware Issues
  • Troubleshooting Mobile Devices, Printers, and Networking
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 13: Appendix A
  • 3d Objects
Lesson 14: Appendix B
  • Videos
CompTIA A+ 220-902 Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Operating System Basics
  • Understanding Operating Systems
  • Going Virtual
  • Preparing for the Exam
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 2: Operating System Administration
  • Interacting with Operating Systems
  • Administrative Tools
  • Disk Management
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 3: Working with Windows 8/8.1
  • Windows Editions
  • Installing Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Boot Methods
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 4: Working with Windows 7
  • Windows 7 Editions
  • Installing Windows 7
  • The Windows 7 Boot Sequences
  • Windows 7 Features
  • Windows 7 Administrative Tools
  • Unique Control Panel Utilities
  • Networking and Windows 7
  • Windows 7 System Performance and Optimization
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 5: Working with Windows Vista
  • Windows Vista Editions
  • Installing Windows Vista
  • The Windows Vista Boot Sequences
  • Windows Vista Features
  • Windows Vista Administrative Tools
  • Distinctive Utilities
  • Networking and Windows Vista
  • Vista System Performance and Optimization
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 6: Working with Mac OS and Linux
  • Best Practices
  • Tools
  • Features
  • Basic Linux Commands
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 7: Security
  • Common Prevention Methods
  • Common Security Threats
  • Workstation Security Best Practices
  • Working with Windows OS Security Settings
  • Mobile Device Security
  • Destruction and Disposal Methods
  • Securing a SOHO Network (Wireless)
  • Securing a SOHO Network (Wired)
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 8: Network Services, Cloud Computing, and Virtualization
  • Understanding Network Services
  • Understanding Cloud Computing and Virtualization
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 9: Mobile Operating Systems and Connectivity
  • Understanding Mobile Operating Systems
  • Network Connectivity and Email
  • Mobile Device Synchronization
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 10: Troubleshooting Theory, OSs, and Security
  • Understanding Troubleshooting Theory
  • Troubleshooting Operating Systems
  • Troubleshooting Security Issues
  • Troubleshooting Mobile Issues
  • Troubleshooting Mobile Security Issues
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 11: Understanding Operational Procedures
  • Understanding Safety Procedures
  • Understanding Environmental Controls
  • Understanding Policies, Licensing, and Privacy
  • Demonstrating Professionalism
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 12: Appendix A
  • Videos
CompTIA A+ 220-902 Practice Lab
  • Installing Windows - Part 1
  • Installing Windows - Part 2
  • Retrieving System Information
  • Managing System Storage
  • Securing Windows User Account Access
  • Using Windows Features and Tools
  • Understand Domains, Workgroups and Homegroups
  • Configure IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing
  • Understand Computer Name Resolution
  • Understand TCPIP Services Part 1
  • Understand TCPIP Services Part 2
  • Understand TCPIP Services Part 3
  • Configuring Security Policies
  • Identify Security Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • Configuring the Windows Firewall
  • Deploying Anti-Malware Programs
  • Performing System Maintenance
  • Troubleshoot Common System Problems
  • Troubleshoot Network Connectivity Issues
  • Troubleshoot Windows Operating System Errors
  • Understand Computer Virtualization
  • Configuring and Managing Printers
  • Understand Virtual Printing
  • Understand Cloud-Based Applications and Storage
  • Configuring a Mobile Device
  • Configuring E-mail on a Mobile Device
CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Introduction to Networks
  • First Things First: What's a Network?
  • Physical Network Topologies
  • Topology Selection, Backbones, and Segments
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Labs
Lesson 2: The Open Systems Interconnection Specifications
  • Internetworking Models
  • The OSI Reference Model
  • Introduction to Encapsulation
  • Modulation Techniques
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 3: Networking Topologies, Connectors, and Wiring Standards
  • Physical Media
  • Cable Properties
  • Wiring Standards
  • Installing Wiring Distributions
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 4: The Current Ethernet Specifications
  • Network Basics
  • Ethernet Basics
  • Ethernet at the Data Link Layer
  • Ethernet at the Physical Layer
  • Ethernet over Other Standards (IEEE 1905.1-2013)
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
  • Written Lab Answers
Lesson 5: Networking Devices
  • Common Network Connectivity Devices
  • Other Specialized Devices
  • Planning and Implementing a Basic SOHO Network Using Network Segmentation
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
  • Answer to Written Lab
Lesson 6: Introduction to the Internet Protocol
  • Introducing TCP/IP
  • Data Encapsulation
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
  • Lesson 7: IP Addressing
  • IP Terminology
  • The Hierarchical IP Addressing Scheme
  • IPv4 Address Types
  • Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6)
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 8: IP Subnetting, Troubleshooting IP, and Introduction to NAT
  • Subnetting Basics
  • Troubleshooting IP Addressing
  • Introduction to Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Labs
Lesson 9: Introduction to IP Routing
  • Routing Basics
  • The IP Routing Process
  • Testing Your IP Routing Understanding
  • Static and Dynamic Routing
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 10: Routing Protocols
  • Routing Protocol Basics
  • Distance Vector Routing Protocols
  • Link State Routing Protocols
  • High Availability
  • IPv6 Routing Protocols
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 11: Switching and Virtual LANs
  • Networking Before Layer 2 Switching
  • Switching Services
  • Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Virtual LANs
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol
  • Two Additional Advanced Features of Switches
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 12: Wireless Networking
  • Introduction to Wireless Technology
  • The 802.11 Standards
  • Comparing 802.11 Standards
  • Wireless Network Components
  • Installing a Wireless Network
  • Site Survey
  • Wireless Security
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 13: Authentication and Access Control
  • Security Filtering
  • Managing User Account and Password Security
  • User-Authentication Methods
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 14: Network Threats and Mitigation
  • Recognizing Security Threats
  • Vulnerabilities
  • Understanding Mitigation Techniques
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Anti-malware software
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 15: Physical Security and Risk
  • Using Hardware and Software Security Devices
  • Defining Firewalls
  • Firewall Technologies
  • Firewalls at the Application Layer vs the Network Layer
  • Scanning Services and Other Firewall Features
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems
  • VPN Concentrators
  • Understanding Problems Affecting Device Security
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 16: Wide Area Networks
  • What's a WAN?
  • T-Series Connections
  • Transmission Media
  • Broadband Services
  • Wireless WAN Technologies
  • WAN Protocols
  • WAN Troubleshooting
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 17: Troubleshooting Tools
  • Protocol Analyzers
  • Throughput Testers
  • Connectivity Software
  • Using Traceroute
  • Using ipconfig and ifconfig
  • Using the ping Utility
  • Using the Address Resolution Protocol
  • Using the nslookup Utility
  • Resolving Names with the Hosts Table
  • Using the Mtr Command (pathping)
  • Using the route Command
  • Using the nbtstat Utility
  • Using the netstat Utility
  • Using the File Transfer Protocol
  • Using the Telnet Utility
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 18: Software and Hardware Tools
  • Understanding Network Scanners
  • Baseline
  • Network Monitoring and Logging
  • Identifying Hardware Tools
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 19: Network Troubleshooting
  • Narrowing Down the Problem
  • Troubleshooting Steps
  • Troubleshooting Tips
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 20: Management, Monitoring, and Optimization
  • Managing Network Documentation
  • Network Monitoring
  • Network Optimization
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Lesson 21: Appendix A
  • Videos
CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Practice Lab:
  • Configuring a Network Adaptor
  • ARP and Packet Analysis
  • IP Address Configuration
  • IP Addressing Schemes
  • Configuring DHCP Clients and Servers
  • IPv6 Addressing
  • Configuring Routing
  • TCP and Port Scanning
  • Name Resolution
  • Configuring Email Services
  • Configuring a NAT Firewall
  • Authentication Methods
  • Configuring Certificate Services and HTTPs
  • Performance Testing and Monitoring
  • Monitoring and Management Tools
  • Configuring Routing Using Cisco Devices
  • Configuring VPNs
CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Curriculum:
Lesson 1: Measuring and Weighing Risk 
  • Risk Assessment
  • Developing Policies, Standards, and Guidelines
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 2: Monitoring and Diagnosing Networks
  • Monitoring Networks
  • Understanding Hardening
  • Securing the Network
  • Security Posture
  • Reporting Security Issues
  • Differentiating between Detection Controls and Prevention Controls
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 3: Understanding Devices and Infrastructure
  • Mastering TCP/IP
  • Designing a Secure Network
  • Understanding the Various Network Infrastructure Devices
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 4: Access Control, Authentication, and Authorization
  • Understanding Access Control Basics
  • Understanding Remote Access Connectivity
  • Understanding Authentication Services
  • Understanding Access Control
  • Implementing Access Controlling Best Practices
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 5: Protecting Wireless Networks
  • Working with Wireless Systems
  • Understanding Wireless Devices
  • Wireless Vulnerabilities to Know
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 6: Securing the Cloud
  • Working with Cloud Computing
  • Working with Virtualization
  • Security and the Cloud
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 7: Host, Data, and Application Security
  • Application Hardening
  • Host Security
  • Protecting Data Through Fault Tolerance
  • Application Security
  • Best Practices for Security
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 8: Cryptography
  • An Overview of Cryptography
  • Modern Cryptography
  • Using Cryptographic Systems
  • Understanding Cryptography Standards and Protocols
  • Using Public Key Infrastructure
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 9: Malware, Vulnerabilities, and Threats
  • Understanding Malware
  • Surviving Viruses
  • Understanding Various Types of Attacks
  • Identifying Types of Application Attacks
  • Tools for Finding Threats
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 10: Social Engineering and Other Foes
  • Understanding Social Engineering
  • Understanding Physical Security
  • Environmental Controls
  • Control Types
  • Data Policies
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 11: Security Administration
  • Third-Party Integration
  • Understanding Security Awareness and Training
  • Classifying Information
  • Information Access Controls
  • Complying with Privacy and Security Regulations
  • Mobile Devices
  • Alternative Methods to Mitigate Security Risks
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 12: Disaster Recovery and Incident Response
  • Issues Associated with Business Continuity
  • Reinforcing Vendor Support
  • Penetration Testing
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
Lesson 13: Video Tutorials
  • Introduction
  • Security Fundamentals and Controls
  • Security and Risk
  • Business Continuity and Load Balancing
  • Threats, Vulnerabilities, and Assessment Tools
  • Application, Data, and Host Security
  • Access Control and Identity Management
  • Security Controls and Cryptography
  • Virtual Private Networks
  • Conclusion
CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Practice Lab:
  • Trojans and Malware Protection
  • Network Vulnerabilities
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Routing Protocols
  • Attacks against DHCP and DNS
  • Steganography
  • Configuring Certificate Services
  • HTTP and HTTPS
  • Web Application Vulnerabilities
  • Telnet and FTP and SSH
  • Password Sniffing
  • Baseline Security Analyzer
  • Network Access Protection
  • VPNs
  • Data Leakage Prevention
  • Computer Forensic Tools

Certification(s):

This course prepares students to take the CompTIA A+ 220-901 & 220-902, N10-006: Network+, SY0-401: Security+ certification exams.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **