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With our increasing reliance on computer systems and wireless networks and the growth of “smart” devices, cybersecurity professionals have become key to keeping organizations safe from computer security risks. In this two-semester graduate certificate program, you will learn how to protect computers, applications, and networks from unauthorized and malicious users or software. The program will cover key cybersecurity concepts of infrastructure configuration, information system security, risk management and policy, and ethics and law that are integral parts of cybersecurity.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to work as part of an IT support or security team to mitigate security risks and safeguard information in public or private sectors.


Apply now!

What's in it for you?

Career outcomes*

  • Information systems security analyst
  • Advisor
  • Consultant
  • Information security auditor
  • Computer forensics expert
  • Network security analyst
  • IT technician security specialist
  • Threat-risk/vulnerability specialist

Cambrian College is a Palo Alto Cybersecurity Academy with curriculum aligned to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework.

Plan your future

Program starts

September 2023

January 2024

May 2024

Learning options

  • Full-Time
  • Part-Time

Minimum Technology Requirements

  • Regular access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection
  • Web cam and headset

Personal computer

  • Operating System: Windows 10 Education or Professional (will be provided)
  • Processor: 64-bit current-generation Intel i5 or i7 (preferred) or AMD equivalent
  • RAM: 16 GB (32 GB preferred)
  • Storage: 100 GB free with min 10 GB for software installs
  • Software: Packet Tracer 7.3, Tera Term, Putty, Kiwi Syslog Server, Open Source software (as required), Microsoft Software (distributed through Azure For Education), MS Office, MS Project

Required software will be provided by Cambrian College. Instruction on how to obtain software will be provided to you. Some software that you may access as part of your program may not be compatible with every device. If you have any questions about these technology requirements, please email or call (705) 566-8101, ext. 7303.


For a full list of how your program will be delivered click here.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD policy to ensure a rich and flexible learning experience. Learn more about BYOD by clicking here.

System requirements for Assistive Technology

To access the widest range of Assistive Technology (AT), a Windows-based computer is recommended.

  • Recommended OS: Windows 10 or newer
  • Recommended CPU: Intel or AMD multicore processor
  • Recommended RAM: 8 GB
  • Recommended Storage for Assistive Technology: 8 GB of available Hard Drive of Solid State Drive Space (please note this is not the total drive size and refers specifically to available space needed for assistive technology)
  • Recommended Audio: Speakers or Headphones for Text-to-Speech and Microphone for Speech Input

While Apple computers can provide many AT options,  some specialized software may not be available/compatible with this platform.  Please consult with the Glenn Crombie Centre for further details.

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See a full list of how your program will be delivered.