Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security

Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security

Prepare for a career in information security and for the CISSP, faster

Direct Registration

Please contact our Registration Team at regscs@yorku.ca to inquire about direct registration into the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security.


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Build your foundational Cyber Security skills and knowledge. Develop your information security acumen to pursue leadership opportunities.

What is Cyber Security?

Today’s digital environments are highly complex. They are also an integral part of our daily lives. Professionals trained in cyber security possess the ability to protect digital assets and guard intellectual property.

If you already have several years of experience in the information security industry or hold the CISSP designation, the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security is the perfect way to ensure you are up to date with the newest technologies to help lead the growth of this vital industry.

What you will learn

This second part of the Cyber Security Program builds on the foundational knowledge gained in the initial Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals so you can develop additional information security competencies and apply them in real-world situations. You will make valuable connections with your peers and work with them on applied projects that allow you to practice presentation, business writing, and project management skills.

To register directly in the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security, you must:

  • Have successfully completed the initial Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals


Direct enrolment into the Advanced Certificate is subject to review and approval by the Program Manager.

Program features

You will learn through practical learning experiences taught by practicing cyber security experts as you gain a deep understanding of cyber security. You will also develop a more thorough understanding of the eight knowledge areas required for the CISSP designation.

Aligned Credentials

CISSP Designation

Format: Part-Time, blended
Delivery: Online coursework + required live online sessions
Live Session Schedule: 3 Weekends (Sat & Sun)
Program Length: 5 months
Term Starts: Summer, Fall
Pre-Requisites: Successful completion of Cyber Security Fundamentals or holds CISSP.


Introducing Live Online Learning

To make our programming even more accessible, and to ensure the safety of students and instructors, we are now offering the in-class course components for professional programs completely online.

2018 Program Award of Excellence
(Canadian Association for University Continuing Education - CAUCE)

Career Potential

Employers are actively seeking individuals who have the necessary cyber security knowledge to protect their organizations’ tangible and intangible assets. In this program, you will earn the advanced technical information security skills that employers seek during recruitment and talent acquisition. You will also gain a deep understanding of cyber security and how to apply this knowledge in the workplace with skill and confidence.

Industry Information

The demand for cyber security expertise is on the rise across all types of industries. As one of the world’s fastest-growing technology fields, many experts see the cyber security job market doubling in the next five years—which means there will be a critical need for qualified individuals.

The global cybersecurity workforce needs to grow by 145% to meet demand for skilled workers - ISC2 Workforce Report

In North America, the estimated shortage of cyber security talent is to be 376,000.*

*Source: (ISC)2 Workforce Study 2020

Professional Associations

Our cyber security program courses are aligned with the eight domains of the CISSP body of knowledge. Completing both the Fundamental and Advanced programs will prepare you for the CISSP examination and help you earn your designation.

The (ISC)2 has its own requirements regarding application, admission, accreditation and membership. We encourage students to familiarize themselves with the rules and requirements related to CISSP accreditation requirement from the (ISC)2.

Get hired for jobs like:

Cyber Security Analyst
Cyber Security Specialist
IT Manager

Gain these skills:

Logic and problem solving
Critical thinking
Presentation Skills
Verbal communication

Who should take this program?

  • Individuals working in IT seeking to specialize in cyber security
  • Project, team, and department leaders who require cyber security knowledge to lead their team more effectively
  • Managers and administrators who are seeking to master new information security responsibilities
  • Professionals seeking their CISSP designation
  • Individuals who want to specialize in cyber security regardless of undergraduate major or industry background
  • Recent graduates in Information Technology, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or Database Administration seeking to focus their IT careers
  • Project, team, and department leaders who require cyber security knowledge to lead their team more effectively.
Enrolment Requirements

To register directly in the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security, you must:

Direct enrolment into the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security is subject to review and approval by the Program Manager.

Although it is not required to have an IT background to enter the program, an understanding of basic technology concepts is beneficial. To be successful in the program, participants need knowledge of:
• hardware
• software
• networking concepts such as the client-server models (LAN, WAN, MAN, Internet vs. Intranet)
• network topologies
• wireless networking
• the OSI model


“The credential has a lot of credibility in the marketplace. Because York is structuring the program along CISSP knowledge, that positions students to be better prepared.”

Ed Dubrovsky – COO, Managing Partner at Cytelligence Inc. (Instructor and Advisory Council Member)

“Given the increasing cyber security challenge Canadian organizations of all types face, with skilled and motivated adversaries attacking our collective defenses, I am excited about the depth of expertise that the York University School of Continuing Studies will be imparting to their students with the delivery of the cyber security certificate program.”

John Weigelt – National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada (Advisory Council Member)

How Can We Narrow The Gender Gap In Emerging Fields Like Cyber Security?

Tracey Taylor-O’Reilly – Assistant Vice-President, Continuing Studies

Delivery Format

Part-Time – Blended

Courses combine in-person learning, on campus at York (or Live Online via Zoom during COVID-19) plus online learning. The live components are typically held at a scheduled day and time (e.g. Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm), on campus at York (or Live Online via Zoom during COVID-19) where students and instructors gather to participate in active learning activities, share their learnings in an interactive format and hear from guest speakers. The online delivery is asynchronous, which means that while students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, they do not have any required “live” components (e.g. class at 7pm on Tuesdays). There may be optional, live sessions, via Zoom, throughout the course for the instructor to provide additional coaching and support. These optional sessions may be recorded and shared with students who cannot attend.

Students can expect to write exams/quizzes, prepare assignments (individual and group), and participate in online discussions with their peers.

In addition to any live components, students should expect to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours of effort per course each week for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, and so on.

Please view our Live Online video to learn more about this format.


Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security 

CSCY1030 Engineering for Information Security

Security engineering requires an understanding of security models, secure design principles and the ability to assess a variety of systems for vulnerabilities. Students will learn these fundamental concepts as well as information on selecting controls and countermeasures, and the application of cryptography.

CSCY1040 Cyber Security Operations Management

Effective leadership in the field of information security requires an elevated understanding of security operations concepts and how to apply these in real-world situations. Discover how to apply concepts, from best practices in vendor procurement, through to investigations and preventative measures, resource management, disaster recovery, and business continuity.

CSCY1050 Security Assessment and Testing

The development, evaluation and validation of assessment processes is integral to securing system infrastructure and detecting vulnerabilities. Develop an in-depth understanding of the techniques and industry standards for assessment validation, continuity, analysis, reporting and facilitating audits.


To cover the courses for both the Fundamentals and Advanced Certificates, please register for the bundle option of the program.

Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

  • Introduction to Cyber Security
  • Information Security Risk Management and Governance
  • Data, Asset and Identity Protection

Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security

  • Engineering for Information Security
  • Cyber Security Operations Management
  • Security Assessment and Testing


Jeff Clark Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Jeff Clark

Ed Dubrovsky Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Ed Dubrovsky

Ali Khan Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Ali Khan

Gaurav Kumar Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Gaurav Kumar

Advisory Council

Ed Dubrovsky Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Ed Dubrovsky

Manish Khera Cybersecurity Advisory Council

Manish Khera

Michael Lin Cybersecurity Advisory Council

Michael Lin

Gary Perkins Cybersecurity Advisory Council

Gary Perkins

Hamzeh Roumani Cybersecurity Advisory Council

Hamzeh Roumani

Instructor or Advisory Council Placeholder Image

Christopher Russel

John Weigelt Cloud Computing Advisory Council

John Weigelt

Policies & More Information

Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

Please review the technology and software requirements you will need to access our courses remotely.

Category Minimum Requirement
Administrator User Access

Students in this program will need to install specialized software packages (for example: Kali Linux) as part of their coursework and assignments. For this reason, students are required have access to a laptop or personal computer with administrator privileges. The use of company-provided hardware is not recommended as it may prevent users from installing necessary software for the course.

Storage 250 GB of local disk space with full administrator permissions (e.g., download and install applications)
Web Browser Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari
Operating System Windows 10, macOS X 10.9+, Linux
Memory 8 GB; 16 GB recommended
Processor Intel Core i3 (or AMD equivalent); Intel Core i5 recommended
Peripherals Headset/Microphone & Speakers
Internet Connection 75 Mbps
References Zoom Minimum Requirements
Office365 Minimum Requirements

Why should I take York’s Cyber Security certificates instead of programs offered by other organizations?
  • Quality of instruction – our instructors are not only experts in the field, but are also certified by (ISC)2. Their breadth of experience is as tremendous as their teaching and academic qualifications.
  • Innovation – We’re the first School of Continuing Studies in Ontario to offer a non-credit two-certificate program to prepare for the CISSP designation.
What does the field of Cyber Security encompass?

Cyber security refers to the protection of digital environments and assets from internal and external threats and the guarding of intellectual property. The field of cyber security includes industry risk management, engineering, communications, identity protection, assessing and testing, operations and software development.

How long will it take to complete this program?

The Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals takes just 5 months to complete. If you choose to continue on to the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security right away, you can be prepared to write the CISSP exam in as little as 10 months.

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