Program device requirements

Information Technology Network Security

All students entering this program must:

  • have a laptop computer that meets minimum specified requirements
  • own and maintain their laptop
  • bring their laptop on the first day of classes.

During the first week of the program, students will be instructed on how to download certain software products and how to access other products through the college server.

Minimum PC requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 11
  • 10th Generation Intel Core i5 processor or AMD Ryzen 5 4000 processor
  • Minimum 16GB memory
  • Webcam functionality
  • Audio capability (speakers and a quality headset/microphone)
  • Intel HD integrated graphics or equivalent
  • 512 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD) storage
  • Wireless Network adapter supporting IEEE 802.11g/n/ac
  • 13" or 15" screen (recommended resolution 1920x1080)
  • Minimum 1 full size USB ports (USB 3.0A), 1 or more USB-C Port
  • Virus protection software required
  • 10/100/1000 Ethernet RJ45 connection or a USB to Ethernet adapter
  • Recommended: A multi-year (3- or 4-year) warranty

Minimum MAC requirements

  • MacBook Pro or Air
  • M1 or M2 processor
  • 16GB memory
  • Webcam functionality
  • Audio capability (speakers and a quality headset/microphone)
  • 512 GB Solid-State Drive (SSD) storage
  • 13-inch or greater display
  • Wireless networking
  • Two USB C Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • USB C to USB A adapter
  • USB to Ethernet adapter
  • Recommended: Extended AppleCare
  • Note: some courses may require the installation of a Windows virtual machine

Additional hardware requirements:

An Ethernet adapter is required for this program.


  • For information about the technology and processes used for Teams or Zoom, refer to Privacy and consent for synchronous classrooms.
  • Students may be required to purchase additional equipment as technology needs change (e.g. web cams for exams). Students who do not have access to the required testing technology at home may be required to write tests on campus in the Testing Centre.
  • Each student is responsible for any downtime associated with their device. Losing information can be highly problematic and your primary recourse is only through the hardware provider. It is highly recommended that students purchase a multi-year warranty.