The Network and System Security Analysis (NaSSA) graduate certificate program at George Brown College is designed to meet the high demand for information system security analysts and related IT security professionals across multiple sectors – including consulting services, finance and health care. Students graduating from this program will enter into a specialized information and communication technology (ICT) field. They will have the capabilities to assess and evaluate security risks and threats to physical and digital infrastructure, develop and implement security contingency planning, and lead the development of policies and procedures to ensure that security risk is minimized.

Overview

Program name
Network and System Security Analysis
Code
T413
Location
Duration
1 year (3 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 Open
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 Closed
May 2019 N/A

Full Description

The Network and System Security Analysis (NaSSA) graduate certificate program at George Brown College is designed to meet the high demand for information system security analysts and related IT security professionals across multiple sectors – including high-demand sectors such as consulting services, finance and health care.

Students graduating from this program will enter into a specialized information and communication technology (ICT) field. They will have the capabilities to assess and evaluate security risks and threats to physical and digital infrastructure, develop and implement security contingency planning, and lead the development of policies and procedures to ensure that security risk is minimized.

Delivery

  • This full-time program is delivered in a blended format, combining face-to-face sessions with online delivery.
  • This delivery format is designed to accommodate those who wish to work while taking this program.
  • This schedule will require that learners attend classes, generally in the late afternoons and evenings through the week, plus all day Saturday.

The Security Innovations LabOratory (SILO)

Casa Loma Campus, as part of a $20-million expansion, is home to George Brown College's Security Innovations LabOratory (SILO) – a new learning space to support collaboration between our industry partners and students. SILO will be a standalone lab/sandbox intended to replicate live environments that can be configured to include firewalls, switches, routers, access points and mobile hardware for testing. This space is intended to be the home of the NaSSA program, as well as to be commercially available to our partner organizations, bringing industry into the learning environment. In addition to SILO, George Brown College has invested over $1.5 million to create up-to-date wireless, security, VoIP and RF labs so that all students gain individual hands-on experience.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply knowledge of computer operating systems, networking and various application software to the simulation of business processes.
  2. Develop best practices to protect business resources through the application of knowledge of vulnerabilities and exploits.
  3. Develop security strategies for the deployment of security procedures and protective devices.
  4. Integrate information technology strategies that support business functions by employing knowledge of best practices of business processes and systems.
  5. Develop security plans and strategies that include acceptable use of business information and systems by internal employees, contractors, consultants, business partners and customers.
  6. Develop security plans and strategies that ensure the integrity of information in compliance with best practices, relevant policies, standards and regulations.
  7. Apply project management principles in the deployment of security policies and strategies.
  8. Perform security audits to ensure compliance with security plans, policies, standards, regulations and best practices.
  9. Develop and deliver a corporate training program to communicate both orally and in writing the security requirements for compliance with security policies.
  10. Prepare security documentation of approval by senior management and present results of security audits.

Required Courses

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SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
COMP1154Equipment Deployment Interconnectivity and Wiring
COMP4041Operating Systems Security I
COMP4043Data Governance for Private, Confidentiality, and Regulatory Compliance
COMP4044Cyberspace Security
COMP4046Network and Computer Security Fundamentals
COMP4047ICT Competencies I

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
COMP4053Advanced Data Network Security
COMP4054Operating Systems Security II
COMP4055Cryptography and Network Security
COMP4056Secure Network Architecture
COMP4057Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
COMP4058Security Trends and Issues
COMP4059ICT Competencies II

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
COMP4061Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery
COMP4060Advanced Risk Analysis
COMP4063Capstone Industry Project
COMP4071Advanced Security Management and Auditing
COMP4073Advanced Firewall, IDS/IPS and Virtual Private Networks(VPNs) Technology
COMP4074Securing Wireless and Mobile Networks Access

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

The growth of cyber security represents a strategic, social and business risk for organizations and the nation at large. In the Information and Communication Technologies Council (ICTC) 2011 – 2016 Outlook Report (published in 2011), security was identified as a leading technology concern by companies surveyed. This concern was driven by regulatory compliance, liability concerns, and the serious damage to an organization's reputation arising from a publicized security breach.

As a result of the growth in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)-related theft, fraud and damages, employer demand for information systems security professionals is increasing, and growth is projected to continue. A Global Information Security Workforce Study (GISWS) indicated that the number of information system security professionals worldwide had risen more than 40%, from 1.6 million in 2008 to 2.7 million in 2012. The 2015 GISWS concluded that the information security workforce shortfall is widening. The estimated shortfall is 1.5 million from 2015 to 2020.

Future Study Options

Students who successfully complete this program may qualify for entry into Ontario college graduate certificate and university degree programs.

For further information, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Tuition

$13,435.00 *

Additional Cost

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first three semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Admission Requirements

  • Three-year College Diploma or Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology, Computer Sciences, or a related field
  • One year related work experience (resume required)

English Language Proficiency

English language proficiency is essential. Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Contact Us

School of Computer Technology

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4287

Email: computertechnology@georgebrown.ca

The office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Program coordinator: Jacky Min
Phone: 416-4155000 x 6691
Email: jmin@georgebrown.ca

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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