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Regulations and Examinations

Continuing IT Training Program - Network Architecture and Security

Last Updated: January 29, 2024

Program Overview

This course will provide training on the protocols and technologies that enable computer-to-computer communications across local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and the global internet, from the physical mediums used to carry the signals up to the applications enabling the communications. 

Key Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain networking protocols, technologies, and design best practices; and,
  • Discuss how these protocols work together to facilitate end-to-end communications across the disparate mediums and technologies that exist in the myriad of member banks.

Instructional Format

Facilitated in-person classroom discussion and lectures


Four and one-half days



Target Audience

Examiners or ITEAs who will lead or participate on level B and A examinations.

This course is open to appropriate staff of the FDIC and partner government regulatory agencies. This course is not open to the public or staff of private banks.


Participants should have completed all of the basic- level and, at least most of, the intermediate-level IT courses.  In addition, we recommend (not required) Mainframe Security for Examiners and Incident Response.

Pre-Course Assignment


Special Requirements


Post Course Feedback

This course should be followed by the Advanced Network Vulnerabilities Assessment course and the Cyber Forensics course.


This course may provide CPE/CEU credits; however, any credits offered will be handled by the vendor.

More Information

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