Chester County IU Offering New IT Security Analyst Training Program

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DOWNINGTOWN, PA — The new school year isn’t the only occasion ramping up in Chester County. From September 28, 2021 to April 22, 2022, the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), in partnership with NuPaths and Harrisburg University, will be offering a six-month IT Security Analyst training program for those interested in starting their career, changing their career or wishing to advance their career.

An IT Security Analyst supports the detection, containment and remediation of IT threats, monitors networks and applications to identify possible cyber attacks or intrusions, helps coordinate and report on cyber incident responses, and provides analysis and trending of security log data. IT Security Analysts are in high demand, as there are currently over 4,900 IT job openings within 25 miles of Chester County. Additionally, “Employment in computer and information technology is projected to grow 11% from 2019 to 2029, which is much faster than the average growth for all occupations,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The CCIU is excited for the opportunity to train people in the IT field so that they can increase their marketability and earn college credits. Being able to offer a great price for this program is exciting and will be a huge advantage for those wishing to get back into the workforce or learn new skills,” stated Andrea Vaughn, supervisor of adult education at the CCIU.

The IT Security Analyst training program consists of three courses: Foundations in Information Technology, where students learn about the basics of computer hardware, software, mobile computing, networking, troubleshooting and emerging technologies; Windows Server Administration Fundamentals, where students learn to design, implement and analyze functional networks by configuring, managing, securing and maintaining essential network devices; and IT Security Operations, which addresses the vital fundamentals of security to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity and availability.

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Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to learn from professionals currently working in the industry, develop the skills that employers desire, receive career services support, participate in business skills workshops and earn five industry certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft and eight college credits.

The program costs $7,000 and will be held three nights a week from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the CCIU Educational Service Center, located at 455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA 19335, starting September 28, 2021 through April 22, 2022.

For more information about the program or to register for a virtual information session being held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 12:00 p.m., please visit

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