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Information security professionals gain the skills to assess, develop, and implement solutions to safeguard information and enterprise IT infrastructures with this Network Defense certificate. You will also learn to identify network security vulnerabilities and defend network assets from vulnerabilities and attacks.

This online Network Defense certificate provides you with the foundational knowledge required to sit for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Network Defense Architect (CNDA) exams.

Flexible: Capella’s online course room ensures that your schedule is designed around your life. Our online learning experience allows you to take classes anywhere, and at any time. Calculate My Costs & Graduation Date

Credible: Capella has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD) for academic years 2014-2021.

View the full learning and career outcomes report for this program at

To learn more, call 866.734.5929, or email us. When you connect with Capella, we will immediately put you in touch with an enrollment counselor trained to assist you with specific questions and needs for your area of interest.

Hands-On Learning Through Virtual Lab Environment

Students will experience practical, hands-on learning designed around best practices in a safe, interactive virtual lab environment.  

The Capella virtual lab employs leading industry tools, including Metasploit, allowing students in a Network Defense certificate to explore real-world penetration testing techniques.

Certificate Outcomes

You will examine network security controls and testing, telecommunication, cryptography, penetration testing, visualization, risk assessment, and information security regulation standards—the technical and managerial controls critical success in a network defense career.

Apply This Certificate to Your Next Degree

You’ll earn a marketable credential in as little as 9 months. In addition, the credits you earn can be transferred into the MS-IAS in Network Defense program when you are ready to take the next step.

For those with a current CISSP, earn your certificate and MS-IAS in Network Defense by taking just two classes in addition to the certificate courses.