NDE – Network Defense Essentials

NDE – Network Defense Essentials

North American College is a proud academic partner of The Ec-Council to offer The Essentials Series Cybersecurity Micro-Credential courses.







EC-Council is the leading IT and e-Business certification awarding body and the creator of the world famous Certified Ethical Hacker (#CEH), Computer Hacking Forensics Investigator (CHFI) and Certified Penetration Testing Professional (CPENT)/ Licensed Penetration Tester (Master). EC-Council has trained over 80,000 individuals and certified more than 30,000 security professionals from such fine organizations as the US Army, the FBI, Microsoft, IBM and the United Nations. EC-Council’s certifications are recognized worldwide and have received endorsements from various government agencies including: – the US Federal Government via the GI Bill, – National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

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What Is Network Defense Essentials?

Network Defense Essentials or N|DE is an entry- level certification from EC-Council launched under the Essentials Series to boost cybersecurity skills. N|DE modules are curated by industry experts to give participants a holistic overview of the critical components of network security. The program is developed for those who want to kickstart a career in cybersecurity.

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N|DE validates the competency and expertise of a professional in network defense and information security skills, thereby equipping them to bring more value to their workplace and organization

The Network Defense Essentials program covers the fundamental concepts of network defense and security. N|DE equips students with the knowledge and skills required to identify the increasing network security threats that impact the security posture of organizations around the globe. Participants also learn to implement general security controls to protect the underlying network infrastructure from unauthorized access, modification, destruction, or disclosure.

The essentials course is EC-Council’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) educational series. The courseware comes with a free eBook, lab tutorials, and video lectures with optional upgrades to labs, exam certificates, and more.

Course Dates: Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th, 2024, 10-6 pm ET

In Person Training in downtown Toronto or Online Virtual Training offered.


  1. Network Security Fundamentals
  2. Identification, Authentication, and Authorization
  3. Network Security Controls – Administrative Controls
  4. Network Security Controls – Physical Controls
  5. Network Security Controls – Technical Controls
  6. Virtualization and Cloud Computing
  7. Wireless Network Security
  8. Mobile Device Security
  9. IoT Device Security
  10. Cryptography and PKI
  11. Data Security
  12. Network Traffic Monitoring

Career Opportunities

  • Cybersecurity Technician
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Cyber Crime Analyst
  • Cybersecurity Specialists
  • IT Support Specialists
  • Network Administrator
  • Incident & Intrusion Analyst
  • IT Security Specialist
  • Networking Technical Specialist
  • Cyber Forensic Specialist
  • Intelligence Operations Specialist
  • Cyber Operations Technician

Admission Requirements

EC-Council’s entry level Essentials Series courses do not have any prerequisites and were developed to help kickstart your career in cybersecurity.

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Why Cybersecurity?

  • 1 in 6 cybersecurity roles in Canada remains unfilled.
  • Canada needs 25,000 more cybersecurity professionals to meet current demand.
  • Despite high salaries, the gap in qualified cybersecurity professionals persists.
  • Secure a future in an industry where demand outpaces supply.
  • Empower yourself in a field where your skills are in critical demand.

Who is This For?

  • Professionals
  • Graduates
  • High School Students
  • IT Professionals looking to upskill
  • Anyone seeking job security in a growing industry

What’s Included?

The in-person course package includes the following:

  • Industry Expert Teachers
  • Course Materials
  • Hands-On Labs
  • Exam Voucher
  • Case Studies
  • Facilitator Coaching
  • Meals (provided during the weekend training)


$ 1000.00 CAD

Exam Information

  • EXAM TITLE: Network Defense Essentials
  • (N|DE) EXAM FORMAT: Multiple Choice Exam
  • EXAM LENGTH: 2 Hours

Essentials Series Course Dates & Times

  • Ethical Hacking Essentials – Saturday, March 30th & Sunday, March 31st, 2024, 10-6 pm ET
  • Digital Forensics Essentials – Saturday, April 13 & Sunday, April 14th, 2024, 10-6 pm ET
  • Network Defense Essentials – Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th, 2024, 10-6 pm ET

Course Delivery

In person – Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 6 pm and online virtual training option

In Person Training Location

In Person: 730 Yonge Street (& Bloor Avenue), Suite 207, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2B7

Conveniently located in downtown Toronto, accessible by public transport.

Virtual Training

Meeting link details to follow registration

Instructor Highlights

Our industry-leading instructors who bring practical experience and insight to the classroom.

Farooq Wahab Naiyer

Farooq Naiyer brings over two decades of expertise in cybersecurity, privacy, and technology compliance to NACIT. As the former global lead for technology and cyber assurance at Munich Re and former CISO for ORION, Farooq has a distinguished track record in both academia and industry. Honored with awards like the CSO Compass Award and the EC Council Presidential Award, he has significantly contributed to cybersecurity education and standards in Canada. Farooq is an influential figure, serving on various boards and advisory committees, committed to fostering the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

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