Cybersecurity specialist in a blue collared shirt holding a laptop and connecting wires to server equipment

Protect company networks and data as a cybersecurity specialist

Cybersecurity Ontario College Graduate Certificate program

Focus on practical information security topics and strategies. Benefit from field trips and industry guest speakers. Get hands-on experience on your co-op work term.

Program code CYBE
Duration 1 year
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery Full-time +

Program information

Program description

Students prepare for careers involving the development, evaluation, and support of cybersecurity solutions. Building on previous educational experience, students learn to create cost-effective and secure computing environments. Students develop the knowledge and skills to categorize, design, implement and integrate technical safeguards to ensure the security of information systems. Emphasis is placed on cultivating the interpersonal, organizational, technical, communication, and problem-solving skills applied to enhance the effective implementation of security in a business environment.

If you’re interested in starting this program in winter 2023 or summer 2023, please visit the Information Systems Security page.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2023 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a co-op work term component where you will gain practical, on-the-job experience in your field.

What are the admission requirements for the Cybersecurity program?

Cybersecurity admission requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree with a focus in computer science, computer engineering or computer networking, or equivalent work experience in computer networks, operating systems and programming.

Selection Process

Applicants will be asked to submit a current resume and letter of interest to the Program Coordinator. Academic and experiential learning of all applicants will be assessed.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Admission details

To be successful in this program, you are required to have a personal notebook computer prior to the start of the program that meets or exceeds the following hardware specifications:

  • Intel i5 processor or AMD equivalent
  • 16GB of memory 
  • 500GB hard drive (SSD recommended)

Additional operating systems, security tools, and software used in the program will be provided to the student upon commencement of the program.

What career paths can I take in network and information systems security?

Your Cybersecurity graduate certificate gives you many career opportunities

The need for organizations to build and maintain secure network and information systems has created demand for skilled computer and network systems security specialists. Chief Information Officers and Information Technology Managers charged with the need to plan and implement security controls and infrastructure to protect corporate information systems will increasingly require the skills of security specialists. Career opportunities may be available in both public and private sector organizations including the financial sector, health care, education and more. Graduates may gain employment as administrators, technicians, security analysts or penetration testers.

Flex MORE. Study Cybersecurity part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

What you need to know:

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What courses are included in the Cybersecurity graduate certificate program?

Course overview

12 Program Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Cybersecurity program outline.

  • NETS 1015 – Security Management
  • NETS 1025 – Network Security 1
  • NETS 1026 – Windows Systems Security
  • NETS 1028 – Linux Systems Security
  • NETS 1035 – Applied Cryptography
  • NETS 1039 – Cloud Security (New Course)

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