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Cyber Security

Gain the skills to develop and maintain sound security practices to address modern security threats.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax Full time • In-class Waitlist


Building on your existing computer and programming skills, this program will prepare you for a career in the growing field of cyber security.

You learn how to provide the information and tools necessary to identify and secure potential vulnerabilities. And you explore a variety of information and system security areas and methods, including:

  • ethical hacking techniques
  • risk analysis
  • cryptography
  • vulnerability testing
  • auditing
  • security management

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • You'll benefit from having a strong background in math and computer literacy, particularly programming (decision statements, loops, arrays, functions and procedures).
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

Graduates are prepared to accept positions as:

  • Cyber security analysts
  • Information security analysts
  • IT security specialists
  • Quality assurance (QA) analysts
  • Security penetration testers
  • Risk management consultants
  • Security architects
  • Systems security analysts

Choose NSCC

  • The Cyber Security diploma is the first and only credentialed information security program offered in the Atlantic region.
  • This program is responsive to industry's needs and demands. You develop skills and knowledge that give you the best possible chance of securing fulfilling employment in the IT security industry.
  • Small class sizes mean you get lots of one-on-one attention from faculty and benefit greatly from their real-world experience, industry connections and advice.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1700   Professional Practices for IT I
COMM 2700   Professional Practices for IT II
COMM 3700   Professional Practices for IT III
COMM 4700   Professional Practices for IT IV
DBAS 1020   Data Security
INFT 3000   Capstone
INFT 4100   Work Experience
ISEC 1005   Cyber Crime Survey
ISEC 2022   Firewalls, VPN’s, IPS, Endpoints
ISEC 2025   Vulnerabilities and Exploits
ISEC 2076   Security Mechanisms
ISEC 2077   Security Auditing and Control Systems
ISEC 2078   Wireless and Mobile Device Security
ISEC 2079   Evolving Technologies and Threats
ISEC 3077   Attack Vectors and Techniques
ISEC 3078   Incidence Handling and Response
ISEC 3079   Penetration Testing
ISEC 3080   Enterprise Security
NETW 1015   Network Security
OSYS 1020   Operating Systems Security
OSYS 2020   Windows Security
OSYS 2022   Linux Scripting
PROG 1015   Programming for Security
PROG 2022   Server Exploits
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
WEBD 2075   Web Security
    Cyber Security Elective Course Requirement . Students must take two (2) units from a prescribed list of courses.