WiCyS Fortinet
Networking Fundamentals Bootcamp

WiCyS Fortinet Networking Fundamentals Bootcamp is a hybrid, self-paced training program. This unique training opportunity consists of live webinars for each module with a Q&A session at the start and end of each session. 


1WiCyS Fortinet Networking Fundamentals Bootcamp

This bootcamp was developed to give you a solid understanding of essential networking concepts and terminology. It is a great entry point for those wanting to pursue a career in cybersecurity. The program consists of self-paced, online training followed by a live webinar for each module. The online modules should be completed before the supporting webinar as we’ll go into a deeper dive during the webinar.

Throughout this program, accepted WiCyS members will:

  • Have access to and support through a Slack workspace
  • Have the ability to schedule 1:1 office hours with Fortinet technical mentors
  • Have WiCyS 2025 conference scholarship opportunities


  • Willingness to commit 21 hours to complete the 10- week program
  • Participation in the cohort Slack workspace


1 - LAN Basics

The lessons in this module introduce you to key LAN, WLAN, and WAN concepts.

  • Binary numbers

  • Hexadecimal numbers

  • Bits, bytes, and nibbles

  • Basic network structure

  • LAN (Local Area Networks)

  • WLAN (Wireless LANs)

  • LAN Devices

  • WAN concepts

  • WAN Devices

  • Enterprise WANs

  • Twisted Pair

  • Optical Fiber

  • ISPs (Internet Service Providers)

2 - OSI Reference Model

The lessons in this module introduce you to the OSI reference model, also known as the seven-layer model, and describe the operations and functions that occur within each layer.

  • The OSI seven-layer model

  • Physical layer

  • Data link layer

  • Network layer

  • Transport layer

  • Session layer

  • Presentation layer

  • Application layer

3 - TCP/IP Internet Layer

The lessons in this module introduce you to the internet layer protocols, such as IPv4 and IPv6, that are within the TCP/IP model.

  • IPv4 Header

  • IPv4 addressing

  • Network masks

  • Subnetting

  • IPv6

  • IPv6 header

  • IPv6 addressing

  • Routing

  • Dynamic routing protocols

  • Static routes

4 - Networking Devices

The lessons in this module introduce you to the devices that operate at the different network layers, such as bridges, switches, routers, repeaters, hubs, and collision and broadcast domains.

  • Collision and broadcast domains

  • Legacy hubs and bridges

  • Switches

  • Mac address tables

  • Routers

  • Routing tables

  • Multi-Layer switches

5 - TCP/IP Suite

The lessons in this module introduce you to the TCP/IP protocol stack and explain the fundamentals of the transport layer.

  • TCP/IP 4/5 layer model

  • TCP/IP protocols

  • Chained layers

  • End to end layers

  • Transport layer

  • TCP header

  • TCP function

  • UDP header

  • UDP function

  • Layer 4 port numbers

  • 3 way hand shake

  • Sequence and acknowledgement numbers

  • Flow control

  • Closing a connection

6 - Design Issues

The lessons in this module introduce you to the benefits of using VLANs and explain VLAN tagging.

  • Shared LANs

  • VLANs

  • 802.1q tags

  • Q in Q

  • Trunks

  • Sub interfaces

  • Link Aggregation

  • Load balancing basics

7 - Internetworking Fundamentals

The lessons in this module introduce you to common WAN technologies and identify key differences between private and public WANs.

  • Private and public WANs

  • Fiber (public and private)

  • WDM

  • Packet switching

  • MPLS


  • DSL

  • LTE

  • VPN

  • DTE

  • DCE

  • UNI

8 - Virtualization and Cloud

The lessons in this module introduce you to basic virtualization and cloud concepts, explain what their purpose and benefits are, and identify well-known vendors.

  • Virtualization purpose

  • Virtualization benefits

  • Hypervisors (type 1 & 2)

  • Major vendor products

  • The cloud

  • Benefits

  • IaaS

  • PaaS

  • SaaS

  • XaaS


August 20: Applications open

August 20: 1:00pm CT : Program launch webinar

September 13: 11:59pm CT: Applications close

September 19: 5:00pm CT Notifications sent to participants

LAN Basics

OFI Reference Model

TCP/IP Internet Layer

Networking Devices

TCP/IP Suite

Internetworking Fundamentals

Virtualization and Cloud

January TBD: Scholarship recipients announced