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Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Be there to protect data, devices and systems

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September 19th




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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?

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, 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.
(Pre-Requisite: successful completion of the first certificate and/or holds the CISSP.)

Cyber Security Bundle – Fundamentals and Advanced Certificates – (10 months, part-time)
Our cyber security program courses are aligned with the eight (8) domains of the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (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. Register in both certificates and save on your program fees with a bundle discount (applied by default in shopping cart).

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)
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

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

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.

“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

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 first successfully complete the Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals or already hold the CISSP Designation. Direct enrolment into the Advanced Certificate is subject to review and approval by the Program Manager.

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

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

Delivery Formats

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-5pm), 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 or coursework is asynchronous, which means that while students have set deadlines to complete their work each week, they do not have any required “live” components on a daily basis

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.

Short Intensive

Cyber Security – Short Intensive (12 Weeks)
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.

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 (Full Program)

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

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

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Christopher Russel

John Weigelt Cloud Computing Advisory Council

John Weigelt

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Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Fall 2022

(Online + Live Online Classes)

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Cyber Security Intensive

Summer 2022

(Online + Live Online Classes)

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Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals and Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security

Fall 2022

(Online + Live Online Classes)

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Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

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