Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Be there to protect data, devices and systems

Next Enrolment

September 20th




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Gain the fundamental technical knowledge and human skills required to become a more effective Cyber Security specialist and project leader.

What is Cyber Security Fundamentals?

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

In this program, you’ll pursue your career ambitions in one of the world’s fastest growing technology fields and develop the expertise to safeguard organizations, communities and individuals from digital threats.

What you will learn

Deepen your understanding of essential cyber security knowledge and skills. Our curriculum design focuses on case studies with real-world examples, allowing you to graduate with the skills and confidence to pursue your career ambitions. You can also further enhance your skill set by earning one or two distinct certificates:

  • Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals (5 months)
  • Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security (5 months)

Further invest in your future as a Cyber Security expert by pursuing the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation. The two stackable certificates combined cover all eight domains of the CISSP body of knowledge.

Program Courses and CISSP Domains

Our cyber security program courses are aligned with the eight (8) domains of the CISSP body of knowledge. Completing both the Fundamentals and Advanced Certificates will prepare you to present the CISSP examination and help you earn your designation.

Chart of the CISSP knowledge domains covered in the Cyber Security Program

For those interested in pursuing the CISSP designation, the (ISC)2 has its own requirements regarding application, admission, accreditation and membership. It is the responsibility of the students to familiarize themselves and comply with the CISSP accreditation requirements from the (ISC)2.

Format: Part-Time, blended
Delivery: Online coursework + required live-online sessions
Live Session Schedule: 3 weekends per certificate
(Sat & Sun 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Program Length: 10 months total
• Cyber Security Fundamentals (5 months)
• Advanced Cyber Security (5 months)
Term Starts:
• Fundamentals: Winter (Jan), Summer (May), Fall (Sep)
• Advanced: Winter (Mar), Summer (Jul)


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 (CAUCE)

Program Formats

Find the format and schedule that works for you:


Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals (5 months, part-time)
This certificate explores the fundamental knowledge required to help you be a more effective IT manager and to more effectively lead project teams. Students who plan to earn the CISSP designation can choose to continue on to the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security right away or take a break and enrol in a later cohort.

Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security (5 months, part-time)
The Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security builds upon the foundational knowledge gained in the first certificate to develop managerial competencies and a more thorough understanding of the eight knowledge areas required for the CISSP designation.

Cyber Security Bundle – Fundamentals and Advanced Certificates – (10 months, part-time)
Register in both certificates and save on your program fees with a bundle discount. (Applied by default in cart).


Short Intensive

Cyber Security – Short Intensive (12 Weeks, full-time)
Complete both the Fundamentals and Advanced certificates in an accelerated, 12-week intensive format.

The Intensive version of the program should be viewed as a full-time commitment and would not be a good fit for those who would be working during the program schedule. We do not recommend the Intensive version of this program to those who work full time or who would have outside competing commitments that would take time away from the program. We also offer a part-time version of the program that would be a better fit for those with additional commitments.

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.

Career Potential

A cyber security breach is an inevitable threat. Are you ready? Employers are actively seeking individuals who have the necessary cyber security knowledge to protect their organizations’ tangible and intangible assets.

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 growing steadily over 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 fill demand for skilled workers
Source: (ISC)2 2020 Cyber Security Workforce Study
Get hired for jobs like:

Cyber Security Analyst
Cyber Security Specialist
IT Manager

Gain these skills:

Logic and problem solving
Verbal communication

Average Salaries

$75k – $95k/ year

Who should take this program?

  • 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.
Admission Requirements

The Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals as a stand-alone offer, as well as the bundle of the Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals and the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security taken together are direct registration programs. No application process is required; simply enrol in the session of your choice to get started.

To register directly in the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security, you must either complete the Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals first or hold the CISSP Designation. Direct enrolment into the Advanced Certificate is subject to review and approval by the Program Manager and is granted only by exception.

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“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.

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“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


CSCY1000 Introduction to Cyber Security

Examine the information security knowledge framework through the lens of the CISSP domains as you develop an enhanced understanding of the eight CISSP domains and gain the fundamental information required for information security projects and the designation.

2 Classes

36 Hours

CSCY1010 Security Risk Management and Governance

Develop an understanding of the ethical, legal and regulatory issues surrounding cyber security as you learn about security principles, network fundamentals and how to apply these areas to design networks and policies for security and compliance.

2 Classes

36 Hours

CSCY1020 Data, Asset and Identity Protection

The amount of digitized data grows in size and vulnerability every day, requiring specialized attention toward processes, protection, security and authentication. Learn how to mitigate risk and protect ownership by understanding best practices for data gathering, classification, storage, retention and protection.

2 Classes

36 Hours

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Jeff Clark


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Ed Dubrovsky


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Victoria Granova


Ali Khan

Ali Khan


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Gaurav Kumar


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Claude K. Sam-Foh


Advisory Council

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Ed Dubrovsky


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Darren Jones

Senior Manager, Cyber Security Services, KPMG Canada. BMath, CPA, CMA

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Manish Khera

Senior Director, Application Security, Data Protection and Security Consulting, RBC. BASc, CISSP, C|CISO

Hamzeh Roumani

PhD. Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Lassonde School of Engineering.

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Gary Perkins

Chief Information Security Officer, Province of British Columbia. BA, MBA, CISSP

Christopher Russel

Director, ICT Infrastructure & Information Security Officer, York University

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John Weigelt

National Technology Officer, Microsoft Canada. CD, BEng, MEng, RMC, CISM, CISSP

Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

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Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals and Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security

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