Graduate studies certificate programmes

Cyber Security

Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

Note: This certificate is intended to allow individuals to gain a foundational understanding of the defence Cyber Security field.

The topics cover basic and specialized areas of Cyber Security across multiple disciplines. In addition, the certificate can be applied to the MEng, MASc, MBA, and MPA degrees, at the discretion of those programmess.

The equivalent of 5 one-credit courses is required for completion of the certificate.

Eligible Courses

  • EE547: Digital Forensics
  • EE569: Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering
  • EE578: Introduction to Computer Systems and Network Security
  • EE580: Applied Cyber Operations
  • EE593: Advanced Network Traffic Analysis
  • EE595: Cyber Threat and Attack Techniques
  • EE597: Operational Technology Cybersecurity
  • MBA509: Cyber Security Policy and Management
  • MPA535: The Cyber Challenge
  • MPA591: Cyber Statecraft and National Security

Professional Certificate in Cyber Security Foundations

Note: This certificate is intended to allow individuals to gain a basic understanding of the defence Cyber Security field in a professional context through the completion of relevant short courses.

The topics cover basic and specialized areas of Cyber Security across multiple disciplines. These short courses are not associated with any other academic programme and are not evaluated for equivalent academic credit to regular graduate courses or undergraduate courses. While language assistance is provided for francophone students, this program is only offered in English.

The completion of five (5) courses from the eligible courses list is required for completion of the certificate.

Eligible Courses:

  1. SCINS - Short Course in Networks and Security
  2. IDEAS - Intrusion Detection and Extrusion Analysis Skills
  3. MASC - Malware Analysis Short Course
  4. ETC - Exploitation Techniques Course
  5. DigForIT - Digital Forensics Investigation Techniques
  6. SPOTS - Security of Platform / Operational Technology Systems (SPOTS) course

Professional certificate course descriptions

Short Course in Networks and Security (SCINS)

  • Course length: ten (10) days over two (2) weeks
  • Course format: The course consists of a mixture of classroom lectures (50%) and hands-on lab exercises and challenges (50%). The course culminates in a 2-day Red-on-Blue Cyber Defence Exercise.
  • Objective: The primary objective of the Short Course in Networks and Security (SCINS) is to provide the students with an introduction to computer networks and to the security issues surrounding computer networks. The philosophy throughout the course is to provide a high ratio of hands-on practice to class-based learning. The course is designed to provide the foundation material necessary before attending more specialized training in computer security.

Intrusion Detection & Extrusion Analysis Skills (IDEAS)

  • Course length: eight (8) days over two (2) weeks
  • Course format: The course consists of a mixture of classroom lectures (40%) and challenging hands-on lab work (60%). The course culminates in a 1-day network traffic investigation exercise.
  • Prerequisites: SCINS or equivalent background.
  • Objective: The objective of the Intrusion Detection & Extrusion Analysis Skills (IDEAS)  is to provide students with theoretical and practical intrusion detection analysis techniques as well as network traffic analysis skills.

Malware Analysis Short Course (MASC)

  • Course length: fifteen (15) days (three (3) days per week over five (5) weeks)
  • Course format: Each week consists of two (2) days of classroom instruction and supervised hands-on practical analysis followed by one (1) day of independent investigation (homework completed outside the classroom).
  • Prerequisites: SCINS or successful completion of a pre-study distance learning package provided by the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE). Students with an academic background in community college level Computer Programming or Computer Technology, or university level Computer Science or Computer Engineering may request to be exempt from the pre-study package. Exemption is at the discretion of the course loading authority in consultation with the instructor.
  • Objective: The Malware Analysis Short Course (MASC) provides a basic foundation in the concepts and application of static and dynamic analysis for the purpose of reverse engineering malicious software.

Exploitation Techniques Course (ETC)

  • Course length: fifteen (15) days (three (3) days per week over five (5) weeks)
  • Course format: Each week consists of two (2) days of classroom instruction and supervised hands-on "ethical hacking" followed by one (1) day of independent capture-the-flag challenges (homework).
  • Prerequisites: MASC or equivalent background.
  • Objective: The Exploitation Techniques Course (ETC) provides a basic foundation in the concepts and application of ethical hacking and penetration testing techniques for the purpose of better understanding the context of cyber operations.

Short Course in Digital Forensics Investigation Techniques (DigForIT)

  • Course length: five (5) days over one (1) week
  • Course format: The course consists of a mixture of classroom lectures and challenging hands-on lab work.
  • Prerequisites: SCINS or equivalent background.
  • Objective: The objective of the Short Course in Digital Forensics Investigation Techniques (DigForIT) is to provide students with a basic foundation in digital forensics theory and techniques. This course is designed for students who currently have a basic understanding of computer security and who wish to learn the fundamentals of digital forensics with practical applications.

Security of Platform and Operational Technology Systems (SPOTS)

  • Course length: ten (10) days over two (2) weeks
  • Course format: The course consists of 40% lecture and 60% labs and exercises and culminates in a two-day exercise that encompasses technical, management and operational factors.
  • Prerequisites: SCINS or equivalent background
  • Objective: The Security of Platform and Operational Technology Systems (SPOTS) course provides a comprehensive introduction to cybersecurity issues unique to platform and operational technology (OT) systems. The course is engineering focused and includes advanced technical concepts within computer security.  This course prepares graduates to guide and/or provide advice to Weapons System Managers and (WSMs) and/or Project Management Offices (PMOs) on platform/OT cybersecurity matters such as:
    • security threat and vulnerability assessments;
    • security architecture and protection measures; and
    • support to defensive cyber operations.  
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