Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations

Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations

Prevent, manage, and respond to digital threats

Next Enrolment

September 12th, January 16th


$7,992 (Domestic)

$17,864 (International)


Develop the expertise to safeguard organizations from digital threats.

What is Cyber Security Operations?

Every day, we shop, work, and socialize online. As the world becomes more dependent on technology, cyber criminals are seizing this moment to disrupt our online lives and organizations’ digital operations for profit. This is why cyber security professionals are in such high demand today.

Organizations need cyber security professionals who can protect computer networks, systems, and digital property to join their teams—fast.

What you will learn

In this full-time, post-graduate program, you will learn how to:

  • Define the principles of security governance and evaluate risk and mitigation options to manage vulnerabilities
  • Analyze and evaluate the various Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) that suspicious entities leverage to steal data
  • Define what represents a cyber security incident and classify and triage appropriately
  • Demonstrate an understanding of operational security concepts, principles, best practices, and responsibilities required to protect organizational assets
  • Install, configure, utilize, and troubleshoot various cyber security tools and software
Program Benefits

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations is the only full-time certificate in Cyber Security to be offered by a Canadian university. It is designed for recent domestic and international university graduates with minimal or no experience in information technology.

The program is developed and taught by leading cyber security professionals. In addition to course topics, these expert instructors will guide you through practical labs where you will directly apply the knowledge gained in the program. The program also ends with a comprehensive capstone project where you will showcase your cumulative knowledge and skills in cyber operations.

All of this, plus you will develop a well-defined cross-functional skillset so you can launch your career in this high-demand profession.

Format: Full-time
Delivery: In-class
Term Starts: Fall
Program Length: 9 months

CompTIA Authorized Partner

Career Potential

All sectors are vulnerable to cyber attacks, which means all sectors need cyber security professionals. As the field of cyber security grows, the variety of roles and opportunities continues to expand:

13% Annual Cumulative Growth in Cyber Security entry-level jobs in Canada

With strongest demand in the GTA 19% Annual Growth Rate

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and experience you need, plus the credibility of a credential from a well-known post-secondary institution.

$71,000 Average Cyber Security Analyst salary in Canada


The Post-Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Operations aligns with two CompTIA designations:

  1. Security +: A global certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career
  2. CySA+: Cybersecurity Analyst designation is an IT workforce designation that applies behavioural analytics to networks and devices to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats through continuous security monitoring
  3. The program will also include an exam voucher and access to CompTIA labs for each certification

CompTIA Security+ CompTIA CySA+

Gain these cross-functional skills:

Students will gain critical professional competencies such as:

  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Strong oral and written communication
  • Creativity and curiosity
Get hired for jobs like:
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Junior Penetration Tester
  • Information Security Analyst
  • SOC Analyst Level 1 and 2


Delivery Format


Courses are conducted in-person on campus at York at a regularly scheduled day and time. Courses are typically scheduled 4 days per week, 3 hours per day. An instructor will facilitate your learning each step of the way. In addition to the live instruction, students should budget approximately 8-10 hours per course each week for readings, discussion boards, practice opportunities, assignments, etc.

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

Who should take this program?

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations is suited for:

  • Early career professionals (less than 3 years of experience) with an undergraduate education in fields such as IT, Technology, Business, or Engineering who want to start a cyber security career
  • Students with an undergraduate degree that is not in IT/Technology/Engineering, who may be working in a role related to IT and want to pivot to a cybersecurity role
Admission Requirements
  • Complete application is required
  • Video Statement of Interest is required
  • International students must demonstrate a level of 6.5 IELTS as a minimum


Jeff Clark Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Jeff Clark

Kellen Holmes

Ali Khan Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Ali Khan

Gaurav Kumar Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Gaurav Kumar

Eduardo Mattos

Eduardo Mattos

Claude K. Sam-Foh_ Cloud Computing Instructor

Claude K. Sam-Foh

Cybersecurity Operations Instructor Trish Villanueva

Trish Villanueva

Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations

Fall 2022

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$7,992.00 (Domestic)

Winter 2023

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$17,864.00 (International)

Winter 2023

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$7,992.00 (Domestic)

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