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Diploma in Cyber Security

 The objective of the program is to provide students with an up-to-date survey of developments in computer security. Students learn about the problems that confront security designers and security administrators that include defining the threats to computer and network systems, evaluating the relative risks of these threats, developing cost-effective, user-friendly countermeasures. 

At the end of this program, students should be able to: 

Understand the history and requirements of information assurance. 

Examine the nature and evolution of attacks using a specified scenario. 

➢ Explain the nature and evolution of the attackers. 

Describe how IT components and personnel can function as vulnerabilities, threats, or defense mechanisms. 

➢ Understand the mindset necessary for security. 

Explain the relationship between threats, vulnerabilities, counter measures, attacks, compromises and remediation. 

Understand the current situation in terms of threats, vulnerabilities and attacks. 

➢ Perform vulnerability assessments. 

Install patches, analyze results, define and understand forensics. 

Describe a situation where a forensic investigation would be necessary. 

Understand why the use of the cloud makes computer forensics more challenging. 

➢ Understand cryptography and its support for security. 

Give examples of symmetric and asymmetric key encryption. 

Describe methods for data integrity. 

➢ Discuss mechanisms and protocols for authentication. 

➢ Discuss different trust models. 

➢ Understand different mechanisms for data recovery. 

Use replication of hardware and/or software for fault tolerance. 

Study usage of logs and audits to assess information loss. 

➢ Describe mechanisms for disaster recovery. 

Identify and analyze user needs in terms of information assurance. 

Analyze the selection, evaluation, and administration of computer-based tools and systems for information assurance. 

➢ Perform vulnerability and risk assessments. 

➢ Be familiar with different security resources and references. 

➢ Apply learned skills in a real work environment during Coop. 


List the titles of the courses in this program in the order they are provided and the hours of instruction allotted to each course. Each course is worth 3 credits and 60 hours, with 480 hours Co-Op work placement.

Course ONE: Computer Security Technology (3)
Course TWO: Computer Security Principles (3)
Course THREE: Intrusion and Firewall (3)
Course FOUR: Software and System Security (3)
Course FIVE: Security Management Issues (3)
Course SIX: Cryptographic Algorithms (3)
Course SEVEN: Network Security (3)
Course EIGHT: Cloud and Human Resource Security (3)

Domestic Student Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $9,940
Application Fee (non-refundable): $200
Materials Fee: $300
Assessment Fee: $100

*Assessment fee not mandatory, only for students writing RBCo English Placement Exam
*all prices are in Canadian Dollar

International Student Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $12,004
Application Fee (non-refundable): $300
Materials Fee: $300
Assessment Fee: $100

*Assessment fee not mandatory, only for students writing RBCo English Placement Exam
*all prices are in Canadian Dollar

Career Opportunities

Informatics security analyst
Computer systems analyst
Informatics consultant
Information systems business analyst
Information systems quality assurance (QA) analyst
Information technology (IT) consultant
Management information systems (MIS) analyst
Systems auditor
Systems consultant

Completion Requirements

➢ In order to graduate from the program with the skills and competencies necessary to meet the standards of a competent cyber-security analyst, students must attend a minimum of 75% of in-class and laboratory sessions in all the EIGHT courses.
➢ For successful completion of the program, students must have a minimum of 50% marks in each one of the EIGHT courses.

Admission Requirements

1. The student has graduated from grade 12 or equivalent (B.C. high school diploma, B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma, General Educational Development) or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction,
2. Secondary school completion (equivalent to BC grade 12) from a jurisdiction where English is a primary language, official language and the language used for education.
3. Apply as a mature student who did not graduate from high school but is at least 19 years of age and provide proof of English language proficiency passing one of the following:
o Grade 12 or higher-level English course.
o High School English 12: At least C from an English-speaking country
o University or College level English course (non‐ESL): At least C from an institution where English is the language of instruction.
o RBCo English Placement Exam: 75%
o Completion of RBCo ESL Level 5 (minimum 75% marks) or equivalent from a recognized institution in Canada or English-speaking country.
o Completion of at least 12 credits from a post-secondary institution in Canada or from a country where English is the primary language, official language, and the language of instruction.
o English Language Test with minimum score as follow: (only valid for two years):
 TOEFL: 60 iBT
 IELTS: 6.0
 Duolingo: 105
 PTE-Academic: 51.6


Countries with English language systems / institutions (where English is a primary, official language and the language used for education)
American Samoa/ Anguilla/ Antigua/ Australia/ Bahamas/ Barbados/ Belize/ Bermuda/ British Virgin Islands/ Cayman Island/ Canada*/ Dominica/ Falkland Islands/ Fiji/ Ghana/ Grenada/ Guam/ Guyana/ Irish Republic / Jamaica/ Kenya/ Malta/ Mauritius/ Montserrat/ New Zealand/ Seychelles/ Singapore/ South Africa/ St. Kitts and Nevis/ St. Lucia/ St. Vincent/ Trinidad and Tobago/ Turks and Caico Islands/ Uganda/ United Kingdom (England, Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland)/ United States of America (USA)/ US Virgin Islands

*Applicants educated in Quebec at an institution where the language of instruction was not English, must meet the current English language proficiency requirements.

Program Overview

Full-Time Diploma

Length: 11 months

Scholarship and Bursary are available upon request.

Program Duration

Program Length:
Hours: 960
Weeks Full-Time: 48
Weeks Part-Time: 72

Co-Op Hours: 480

Delivery Method:

PTIB Approved

Diploma in Cyber Security was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institution Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.