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Format

3 required courses (108 hours)

Delivery

Online (synchronous and asynchronous) | Learn more

Duration

Complete in 5 months, part-time

Cybersecurity refers to the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect systems, networks, programs and sensitive information from digital attacks.

In partnership with York University’s School of Continuing Studies, Mount Royal is pleased to offer two stackable certificate programs designed to deepen your understanding of cyber security topics, strengthen your skills as an IT manager or project lead and prepare you to advance your career in cyber security.

The Advanced Cyber Security Certificate is ideal for aspiring information systems security specialists. In this program, you will build on the foundational knowledge gained in the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate and develop a more thorough understanding of the eight knowledge areas required for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)². You will develop the critical, cross-functional skills and knowledge that employers value most. This includes ethical responsibility and enhancing skills in problem-solving and verbal communication.

To register directly in the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate, you must either complete the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate first or hold the CISSP designation. Special exceptions may be granted upon review and approval by program administration.

The program is also designed for students to start and progress through the courses in order as a group, a format that will help you form connections with your peers and colleagues.

 

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The York University School of Continuing Studies provides innovative programs that prepare graduates with deep discipline-based knowledge and cross-functional skills that today’s employers value.

 

Highlights and benefits

Become exam-ready |Along with the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate, the Advanced Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate prepares you to take and pass the (ISC)² CISSP exam.

Become career-ready | Prepare for a career as a cyber security professional or enhance your current cyber security career

Real-world knowledge | Learn from experienced industry professionals

Online delivery | Enjoy the flexibility of online learning and complete this program from anywhere

 

Start or enhance your career in cyber security

No longer solely the realm of engineers and computer scientists, cyber security is an evolving field and one of the most important lines of defence for individuals, households, workplaces and governments.

Program instructor Arlene Worsley shares her career transformation and how MRU can help prepare you for a career in cyber security.

Read the story

 

 Information session

Interested in learning more about our Cyber Security? Speak with program staff and instructors, and have your questions answered. Join us for a free virtual information session on Tuesday, September 10, 2024, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Scholarship opportunity

The Alberta Women's Science Network (AWSN) offers up to 10 scholarships (value of $3,000 each) to students and professionals who are enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. Students who complete our Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate and Advanced Cyber Security Certificate are eligible to apply.

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Advanced Cyber Security

Spring/Summer 2024

Spring/Summer 2024

Registration for this block will open on Monday, March 11, 2024.

Start date End date Live Online Sessions
Engineering for Information Security May 20, 2024 Jun 30, 2024 Jun 22 & 23, 2024
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cyber Security Operations Management Jul 1, 2024 Aug 11, 2024 Aug 3 & 4, 2024
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Security Assessment and Testing Aug 12, 2024 Sep 22, 2024 Sep 14 & 15, 2024
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

 

Fall 2024

Fall 2024 Start date End date Live Online Sessions
Engineering for Information Security Sep 30, 2024 Nov 10, 2024 Nov 2 & 3, 2024
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cyber Security Operations Management Nov 11, 2024 Dec 22, 2024 Dec 14 & 15, 2024
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Security Assessment and Testing Jan 6, 2025 Feb 16, 2025 Feb 8 & 9, 2025
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

 

Winter 2025

Winter 2025 Start date End date Live Online Sessions
Engineering for Information Security Feb 24, 2025 Apr 6, 2025 Mar 29 & 30, 2025
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cyber Security Operations Management Apr 7, 2025 May 18, 2025 May 10 & 11, 2025
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Security Assessment and Testing May 19, 2025 Jun 29, 2025 Jun 21 & 22, 2025
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This schedule is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester. Fall schedule and registration is available in June; Winter schedule and registration is available in November; and Spring/Summer schedule and registration is available in March.

As this certificate is designed around the (ISC)² CISSP certification, the required textbook for this course is The Official (ISC)² CISSP CBK Reference, 6th Ed., Deane, A., Kraus, A. 2021. Sybex, a Wiley brand. ISBN - 13: 9781119789994. Purchase this book online.

Use York University's learning management system to access materials, participate in discussion boards and complete assignments, and attend live classes on Zoom that are held at scheduled dates and times. These instructor-facilitated courses begin and end on set dates and have specific deadlines. Access courses via a laptop or desktop computer with a functional webcam and microphone.

Come prepared with a fully charged laptop for the onsite classes. There are no software requirements for the laptops.

Who should take this program?

  • Professionals seeking their CISSP designation
  • Individuals who want to specialize in cyber security regardless of undergraduate major or industry background
  • Recent graduates of programs in information technology, software engineering, computer science, or database administration programs, seeking to focus their IT careers
  • Project, team and department leaders who require cyber security knowledge to lead their team more effectively
  • Managers, administrators and executives seeking to master new information security responsibilities

 

What do I need to know before I start?

Although it is not required to have an IT background to enter the program, an understanding of basic technology concepts is beneficial. To be successful in the program, participants need knowledge of the following:

  • hardware
  • software
  • networking concepts such as the client-server models (LAN, WAN, MAN, Internet vs. Intranet)
  • network topologies
  • wireless networking
  • the OSI model

Registered students will have access to a free, self-paced, online refresher course covering these topics when they login to the start of the Introduction to Cyber Security course.

 

How are courses delivered?

Courses in this program are delivered online. They begin and end on specific dates and have firm deadlines for the submission of assignments. There are also two full days during each course when learners must log into live, online sessions. These sessions allow students to interact with classmates and instructors and attendance is mandatory. Outside of those two days, learners are free to log into the online learning platform at any time, day or night, to work through the requirements of the course.

Course schedules indicating the dates of the live, online sessions are posted under the Course Schedule tab on this program page.

 

Why should I take MRU’s Cyber Security certificates instead of programs offered by other organizations?

  • Quality of instruction — Our expert instructors are experienced in the field of cyber security and are certified by (ISC)².
  • Innovation — We’re the first university in Alberta to offer a non-credit program to prepare for the CISSP designation.
  • Proven track record — Our cyber security programs are offered in partnership with York University’s School of Continuing Studies, which has been offering these programs since 2015.

 

What does the field of cyber security encompass?

Cyber security refers to the protection of digital environments and assets from internal and external threats and the guarding of intellectual property. The field of cyber security includes industry risk management, engineering, communications, identity protection, assessing and testing, operations, and software development.

 

How long will it take to complete this program?

The Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate takes just five months to complete. If you choose to continue on to the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate right away, you can be prepared to write the CISSP exam in as little as 10 months.

 

What is the likelihood that I will receive employment in this field once I complete the certificate program?

Very likely. According to a recent Deloitte study, Canadian companies will be hiring more than 8,000 new cyber security experts over the next two years. This same report predicts that the demand for cyber security professionals is growing by seven percent every year. Furthermore, it projects that the availability of home-grown talent will not be sufficient to meet these hiring requirements. So if you’re qualified, you’ll most likely get a job.

 

What’s the salary range for roles in cyber security?

According to the Government of Canada’s Job Bank, the average hourly rate being paid for cyber security services is between $60 and $98 per hour.

As one of the world’s fastest-growing technology fields, many experts see the cyber security job market doubling in the next five years — which means there will be a critical need for qualified individuals. Graduates of the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate are prepared to lead teams and projects related to information security management.

Along with the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate, the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate is designed to heighten your understanding of the CISSP body of knowledge and prepare you to take and pass the (ISC)² CISSP exam. (ISC)² is an international, non-profit membership association for information security leaders. The CISSP is a globally recognized designation required for most senior cybersecurity roles.

Those interested in progressing to the CISSP exam will need to meet experience requirements as required by (ISC)². Learn more about CISSP designation requirements.

Interested in learning more about the cyber security job market? Visit Cyberseek for up-to-date information on roles, education and opportunities across North America.

 

For a cyber security career in these positions:

  • IT manager
  • Project manager
  • Project consultant

These are the qualifications often required:

Post-secondary education, such as:

  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in an IT-related field
  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in an unrelated field
  • Internationally educated professional: 90-credit degree in an IT-related field

AND

  • Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate
  • 2 years+ of work experience

For a cyber security career in these positions:

  • Computer security specialist
  • Information security manager
  • Senior security analyst

These are the qualifications often required:

Post-secondary education, such as:

  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in an IT-related field
  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in an unrelated field
  • Internationally educated professional: 90-credit degree in an IT-related field

AND

  • Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate
  • Advanced Cyber Security Certificate
  • 4 years+ of work experience
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation

 

 

Additional Details

Courses

Minimum required

3 Course(s)

Complete three required courses to earn your extension certificate.

Courses in this certificate have prerequisites.

Funding opportunities

This program qualifies for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant and other funding opportunities. Learn more.

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