Network Security Specialist (Certified Ethical Hacker), Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

​This course prepares students to sit for the EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam, and for professional careers in the field of information and communication technology (ICT). Instruction combines an ethical methodology with the hands-on application of security tools needed to secure computer information systems. Students are introduced to common countermeasures that effectively reduce and mitigate attacks.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. prepare to pass the EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam,
2. demonstrate how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in network systems,
3. ensure the integrity of a network infrastructure, and
4. perform the various responsibilities and tasks required for an entry level Network Security Specialist.

Program Credential

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be prepared to sit for the EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam.

Certifying Organization:

EC-Council, International Council of E-Commerce Consultants


Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

Program Length

6 weeks not including prerequisites

Courses start in August, January, and June at CCBC Catonsville and CCBC Essex. Usually offered during a six-week period, but on occasions may be spread throughout an entire semester. Course schedules vary each semester and may be offered face-to-face, online or hybrid (a combination of the two).

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED. Students must be computer literate, have strong computer skills and access to a computer and the Internet to complete assignments.

Network+ certification or strong networking background – students without this requirement must take the prerequisite course listed below.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum and demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning. A maximum of 37 program hours may be earned from prior learning. 

Program Course Sequence

Excellent attendance is required.

Course Number


Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




PCA 619


PCA 615 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit course DCOM 101

Network and Data Communications



Guide to Networking Essentials 8th edition; Tomsho; eBook $38.99; Paperback $199.95

** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


PCA 623

Shared with credit course DCOM 142


Linux Fundamentals​


Official CompTIA Linux+ Student Guide; CompTIA; ISBN 9781642742619; $65.35​

​** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


PCP 780 shared with credit course DCOM 214 Operating Systems Security​ 50

CEH V10 ILabs; EC Council; ISBN 9781635671926; $166.65

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) V9; Gregg; ISBN 9780789760524; $60

​** Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


Prerequisite Totals:  125 $330.99 -  $491.95 $1,867


PCA 593

Shared with credit course DCOM 215


Ethical Hacking and Systems Defense


​Same as Operating Systems Security 


Course & Prerequisite Totals:



$330.99 -  $491.95


Additional Information

Additional Offerings:
Students pursuing certification in Ethical Hacking often enroll in the following computer network/security related classes: A+ Certification; Network+ Certification; Security+ Certification; Windows Server Certification; Cisco Certification; and VMware Certification.

Additional Expenses:​
Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) certification exam = $1199 + $100 Non-refundable application fee
Skills for Success:​
Successful candidates should be motivated, independent learners; detail-oriented; have strong analytical skills; and the ability to take direction.

Career Opportunities:
With the Certified Ethical hacker (CEH) certification, students qualify for entry-level to mid-level positions that include: Network Security Specialist; Network Penetration Tester; Certified Ethical Hacker; Data Security Administrator; Information Security Analyst; Information Security Administrator; Information Security Office; Information Security Specialist; Information Systems Security Analyst; Computer Security Specialist; Information Security Manager; Information Technology Security Analyst; Security Consultant; and Site Administrator-Auditor.  This career requires continued training and education.

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Program Contact Information

Program Coordinator: Steve Ricketts | | 443-840-4442| Catonsville | BESS | 100 L

Administrative Assistant: Danielle Bennett | | 443-840-4925 | Catonsville| BESS |100