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Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations

Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations

Prepare for a career preventing, managing, and responding to digital threats

Next Enrolment

September 5th


$7,992 (Domestic)

$18,264 (International)


Develop the expertise to safeguard organizations from digital threats and pursue career opportunities in IT departments.

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 only full-time certificate in Cyber Security to be offered by a Canadian university
  • Designed for recent domestic and international university graduates with minimal or no experience in information technology
  • Developed and taught by leading cyber security professionals
  • Engage in practical labs where you will directly apply the knowledge gained in the program
  • Participate in a comprehensive capstone project where you will showcase your cumulative knowledge and skills in cyber operations.
  • Advance through the program with the same cohort of peers and build your professional network
  • Complete the Post-Graduate Certificate in just 8 months

Format: Full-time
Delivery: In-class
Term Starts: Fall, Winter
Program Length: 8 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+

Get Hired for Jobs Like:
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Junior Penetration Tester
  • Information Security Analyst
  • SOC Analyst Level 1 and 2
Gain These Cross-Functional Skills:
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Strong oral and written communication
  • Creativity and curiosity

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

Delivery Format


  • Courses are conducted in-person at York University main campus
  • Courses are typically scheduled four days per week, 3 hours per day
  • In addition to the live instruction, students should budget approximately 8-10 hours per course each week for readings, discussions boards, practice opportunities, assignments, etc.

Advisory Council


Cyber Engagement Advisory



Ferris Adi

Jeff Clark Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Jeff Clark


Leonardo Espinosa

Naranjan Kuman Goklani CyberOps Instructor

Naranjan Kumar Goklani

Ali Khan Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Ali Khan

Parul Khanna CyberOps Instructor

Parul Khanna

Gaurav Kumar Cybersecurity Fundamentals Instructor

Gaurav Kumar

Claude K. Sam-Foh_ Cloud Computing Instructor

Claude K. Sam-Foh

Eduardo Mattos

Eduardo Mattos


Santosh Somasekhara

Bipun Thapa CyberOps Instructor

Bipun (Bip) Thapa

Piyush Verma CyberSecurity Operations Instructor

Piyush Verma

Cybersecurity Operations Instructor Trish Villanueva

Trish Villanueva

Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations

Fall 2024

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$7,992.00 (Domestic)

Fall 2024

On Campus Classes

Course Details +

$18,264.00 (International)

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Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

Please review the technology and software requirements you will need to access our courses remotely.

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