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Key Details

Program Start Dates

May 2024

September 2024

January 2025

May 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Hyflex / Full-time


Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Duration

2 Semesters

Program Contacts

Myles Peterson

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6431
International Admissions
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Program Overview

Train to battle cybercrime and protect businesses

Cybercrime costs the world trillions of dollars each year. Become one of the good guys and train to keep computer systems and wireless networks safe from security risks. As an ethical hacker, you’ll learn how to protect computers, applications, and networks from unauthorized and malicious users or software. You’ll cover key cybersecurity concepts of infrastructure security configuration, information system security, risk management and cybersecurity policies, as well as legal and ethical aspects of the industry. 
As a graduate, you will be prepared to work as part of an IT support or security team. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights

  • Cambrian is a Palo Alto Cybersecurity Academy with curriculum aligned to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework 
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of cyberattacks 
  • Cover key cybersecurity concepts 
  • Solve real-world problems with a capstone project 
  • Grads can challenge various industry certifications 


Admission requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree program from an Ontario College or equivalent.


Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program.

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Program Delivery

Program delivery


Spring term start

SEMESTER 1:  Spring 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2024


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025

Spring term start

SEMESTER 1:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2025

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CSC 1003Communication for Cybersecurity Professionals3
CSC 1006Security Issues and Trends3
CSC 1020CSEC Infrastructure3
CSC 1024CSEC Programming3
CSC 1021Network Defence3
CSC 1022Business Contingency Planning3
CSC 1023CSEC Policies and Compliance3
Semester 2
CSC 1012Cybersecurity Capstone6
CSC 1011Mobile Wireless Security3
CSC 1015Sys Operations and Cloud Sec3
CSC 1016CSEC Tool Development3
CSC 1017IT Security Forensics3
CSC 1018Ethical Hacking3
CSC 1019Malware Dev and Analysis3
 Total Credits45

Part-time students will be provided with a pathway to complete this program on a part-time basis.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$7,036.30Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$17,608.33Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

Have you said, “school can wait another year”? Don’t sacrifice your future any longer – you can do it!

Whether it’s fear, financial reasons, or something else that is impacting your decision to start school, we’re here to listen to you and help in any way we can!

Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Information Technology

Play a pivotal role in shaping the digital future. By pursuing a field of study in information technology (IT), you’ll open doors to a vast variety of revolutionary careers and make your mark on society as a tech pioneer. From software development and network administration to cybersecurity and data analysis, Cambrian offers exciting programs that place you at the forefront of innovation.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

Graduates of this one-year graduate certificate program will be positioned to pursue positions in a wide range of public and private organizations in roles such as:

  • information systems security analysts
  • advisors
  • consultants
  • specialists
  • educators
  • network technicians
  • network administrators
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Need a career coach?

Explore how this program can lead to a great career! Cambrian’s Career Coach platform is a user-friendly, online tool that provides up-to-date and comprehensive labour market data to help you explore career options, salary expectations for the Greater Sudbury region, and more!

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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