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Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Prepare to protect data, devices, and systems

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January 16th




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Gain the fundamental technical knowledge and analytical skills required to become a more effective cyber security specialist and project leader.

What you will learn

In our part-time Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals, industry experts will share the essential knowledge and skills needed to pursue career opportunities in cyber security. This program will help you:

  • Explore the fundamental knowledge required to help you become an effective IT manager and to lead project teams.
  • Plan to earn your CISSP designation and continue on to the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security

You can then advance your understanding of information security with the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security where you will:

  • Build upon your foundational knowledge as you develop managerial competencies
  • Gain a more thorough understanding of the eight knowledge areas required for the CISSP designation

Program Benefits

  • Bundle the fundamental and advanced certificates and complete both in 10 months at a discount on program fees
  • Courses align with the eight (8) domains of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) body of knowledge — complete both programs to better prepare you for the CISSP examination and pursue your designation
  • Develop your skills through experiential assignments and projects
  • Learn from instructors who are leaders in the cyber security field
  • Advance through the program with the same cohort of peers and build your professional network

Format: Part-Time, blended
Delivery: Online coursework + required live-online sessions
Live Session Schedule: 3 weekends per certificate (Sat & Sun)
Program Length: 10 months total
Cyber Security Fundamentals (5 months)
Advanced Cyber Security (5 months)
Term Starts:
Fundamentals: Winter, Summer, Fall
Advanced: Summer, Fall

Introducing Live Online Learning


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

Career Potential

A cyber security breach is an inevitable threat. Are you ready?

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 always 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 Cross-Functional Skills:
  • Logic and problem solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Presentations
  • Ethics
  • Verbal communication

Who should take this program?

The Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals is ideal for:
  • 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

“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.

“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

Enrolment 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—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 first successfully complete the Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals or already hold the CISSP Designation.

Delivery Formats

Part-Time – Blended

  • Courses combine a blend of live instruction via Zoom plus online learning. The online learning component is asynchronous.
  • Students should expect 8-10 hours of effort per course each week for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities and assignments

Courses (Fundamentals)

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

Courses (Fundamentals & Advanced)

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

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.


Jeff Clark Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Jeff Clark

Dilara Cakir CyberSecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Dilara Cakir

Ed Dubrovsky Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Ed Dubrovsky

Victoria Granova Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Victoria Granova

Ali Khan Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Ali Khan

Gaurav Kumar Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Gaurav Kumar

Claude K. Sam-Foh_ Cloud Computing Instructor

Claude K. Sam-Foh

Arlene Worsley Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Arlene Worsley

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


Christopher Russel

John Weigelt Cloud Computing Advisory Council

John Weigelt


Cyber Engagement Advisory

Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Winter 2023

(Online + Live Online Classes)

Course Details +



Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals and Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security

Winter 2023

(Online + Live Online Classes)

Course Details +


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Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

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