NMSU offers Network Security Fundamentals Short Course

From targeted attacks to the millions of new variants of viruses, worms and Trojans bypassing traditional security solutions, network security has never been more critical. And the stakes for business owners and operators have never been higher.

New Mexico State University’s Engineering NM Resource Network invites network administrators and information technology professionals to attend a 15-hour short course on Network Security Fundamentals. The course will provide participants with the knowledge required to protect their network infrastructure by detecting and preventing network intrusions; recognizing, analyzing and preserving network evidence; and using vulnerability assessment methods.

Led by engineering technology Assistant Professor Matt Presser, the course will include a mixture of instructor-led activities and exercises. Participants will learn to secure network infrastructure and respond to various situations built within scenarios to simulate network attacks. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify various security procedures that can be implemented to decrease the potential for malicious attack or intrusion.

Presser teaches courses in information security, digital forensics and operating systems administration. Since 2001, when he founded Essential Systems Consulting, LLC, Presser has been an independent consultant providing information security and information technology services throughout the southwest. He has also served as an instructor for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Anti-Terrorism Assistance program teaching computer forensics and information security courses to foreign law enforcement personnel worldwide.

Presser has an M.B.A with a business computer systems concentration, as well as having numerous certifications from the SANS Institute, a worldwide cooperative cyber security research and education organization, and serving on cyber security organizations.

Formerly, Presser was the Enterprise Applications Security Administrator at NMSU where he founded the ICT Information Security Department, responsible for the overall coordination, implementation, and assessment of information security for all NMSU campuses.

The two-week short course will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from May 11 to May 22 from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. The cost is $350 and the course will be held on the NMSU main campus in Las Cruces, Foreman Engineering Complex Room 315. The Engineering New Mexico Resource Network is part of the NMSU College of Engineering. For more information or to register, visit: http://nmsunetworksecurity.eventbrite.com.

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