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Cyber Security

Cyber Security

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

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Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
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 This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.

Program Overview

Building on your existing computer and programming skills, this program will prepare you for a career in the growing field of cyber security. Organizations are having increasing difficulties trying to keep their data and systems secure. This has created a great need for people with cyber security skills.

In this program, learn how to provide the information and tools necessary to identify and secure potential vulnerabilities. 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

  • Students will benefit from having a strong background in Math and computer literacy; particularly with some previous programming experience.

Choose NSCC

  • The Cyber Security Diploma is the first and only credentialed information security program offered in the Atlantic region.
  • This program was designed and 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.
  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Employment Opportunities

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

Student Success

  • Additional skills and abilities are essential for your success in this program.
    • Applicants should have strong computer literacy skills and programming skills that include an understanding of basic programming constructs such as, but not limited to, decision statements, loops, arrays, functions and procedures.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
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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.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development

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