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.
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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 healthcare.
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.
- 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:
- Develop and implement cyber security solutions considering the affordances and limitations of the computer operating systems, networks, application software, and packages available.
- Develop best practices to protect business resources through the application of knowledge of vulnerabilities and exploits.
- Develop cyber security strategies for the deployment of security procedures and protective devices.
- Integrate cyber security strategies that support business functions by employing knowledge of best practices of business processes and systems.
- Develop cyber security strategies and processes for business communications that respond to the needs of all the internal stakeholders.
- Develop cyber security solutions and strategies that ensure the integrity of information in compliance with best practices, relevant policies, standards and regulations.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate cyber security policies and strategies using project management principles to effectively respond to the needs of the organization's information security requirements.
- Perform security audits to ensure risk mitigation and compliance with security plans, policies, standards, regulations and best practices.
- Develop and deliver a corporate training program to communicate both orally and in writing the cybersecurity requirements for compliance with security policies.
- Communicate cyber security protocols, policies, and audit results and related documentation to any level of the organization.
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Printable Curriculum Planner 2020-2021
|COMP1154||Equipment Deployment Interconnectivity and Wiring|
|COMP4041||Operating Systems Security I|
|COMP4043||Data Governance for Private, Confidentiality, and Regulatory Compliance|
|COMP4044||Introduction to Cyberspace Security and Ethical Hacking|
|COMP4046||Network and Computer Security Fundamentals|
|COMP4047||ICT Competencies |
|COMP4053||Advanced Data Network Security|
|COMP4054||Operating Systems Security II|
|COMP4055||Cryptography and Network Security|
|COMP4056||Secure Network Architecture|
|COMP4057||Advanced Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing|
|COMP4058||Security Trends and Issues|
|COMP4061||Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery|
|COMP4060||Advanced Risk Analysis|
|COMP4063||Capstone Industry Project|
|COMP4071||Advanced Security Management and Auditing|
|COMP4073||Advanced Firewall, IDS/IPS and Virtual Private Networks(VPNs) Technology|
|COMP4074||Securing Wireless and Mobile Networks Access|
Detailed course outlines
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.
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*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first three semesters of programs starting in Fall 2019 Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2020 and at later dates.
International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.
This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.
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- 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.
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College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.
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Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges
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