Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Certificate in Cyber Security Intensive

Certificate in Cyber Security Intensive

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

Next Enrolment

March 4th




The Cyber Security Intensive program allows you to earn two certificates in just 12 weeks. You will build foundational Cyber Security skills and knowledge in preparation for earning a globally recognized credential in a rapidly growing field.

What you will learn

  • Deepen your understanding of cyber security topics and strengthen your skills as an IT manager
  • Become intimately familiar with the Official (ISC)2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Fifth Edition
  • Analyze famous cyber breaches with instructors and peers
  • Study the OWASP Top Ten Web Application Security Risks
  • Examine cyber security vulnerabilities and brainstorm solutions
  • Debate ethical issues and best practices in cyber security
  • Participate in cryptographic code-breaking exercises
  • Practice answering quiz questions that closely resemble those on the CISSP Exam

Program Benefits

  • Complete two career-building certificates in 12 weeks
    • Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals (6 weeks)
    • Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security (6 weeks)
  • Participate in a number of problem-solving exercises on realistic cyber security scenarios
  • Learn from cyber security expert instructors and guest speakers
  • Prepare for the CISSP examination to pursue your designation
  • Develop your skills through experiential assignments and projects
  • Build your professional network by advancing through the program with the same cohort of peers

Format: Short intensive
Delivery: Online coursework + required live-online sessions
Live Session Schedule:  Weekday evenings
Program Length: Two 6-week Certificates
Cyber Security Fundamentals (6 weeks)
Advanced Cyber Security (6 weeks)
Term starts: Winter & Summer

York’s Cyber Security bundle is eligible for OSAP as two individual six-week certificates. Students must apply for each program separately to be approved.

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2018 Program Award of Excellence
(Canadian Association for University Continuing Education - CAUCE)
Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

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 meet demand for skilled workers - ISC2 Workforce Report

*Source: (ISC)2 Workforce Study 2020

Get Hired for Jobs Like:
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • IT Manager
Gain These Cross-Functional Skills:
  • Logic and problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation Skills
  • Ethics
  • Verbal communication

Who should take this program?

This Cyber Security Intensive program 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
  • Managers, administrators, and executives who are seeking to master new information security responsibilities
Admission Requirements

The Cyber Security Short Intensive is a direct registration program. No application process is required; simply enrol in the session of your choice to get started.

York’s Cyber Security bundle is eligible for OSAP as two individual six-week certificates:

  • Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals (6 weeks)
  • Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security (6 weeks)

Students must apply for each program separately to be approved.

Delivery Format

Short Intensive

Online Coursework with Required Live-Online Sessions

  • Complete both the Fundamentals and Advanced Certificates in two 6-week cohorts (12 weeks total)
  • The Cyber Security program’s intensive format entails asynchronous online coursework in combination with live-online evening sessions

Note: The intensive version of the program is a full-time commitment. 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.


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.

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.

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

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

The short-intensive format covers all the courses in the Fundamentals and Advanced certificates in two accelerated 6-week terms.

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

Victoria Granova Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Victoria Granova

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


Christopher Russel

John Weigelt Cloud Computing Advisory Council

John Weigelt


Cyber Engagement Advisory

Certificate in Cyber Security Intensive

Winter 2024

Blended Intensive
(Online + Live Online Classes)

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