Train to battle cybercrime and protect businesses

Cybercrime costs the world trillions of dollars each year. Become one of the good guys and train to keep computer systems and wireless networks safe from security risks. As an ethical hacker, you’ll learn how to protect computers, applications, and networks from unauthorized and malicious users or software. You’ll cover key cybersecurity concepts of infrastructure security configuration, information system security, risk management and cybersecurity policies, as well as legal and ethical aspects of the industry. 
As a graduate, you will be prepared to work as part of an IT support or security team. 

Program highlights

  • Cambrian is a Palo Alto Cybersecurity Academy with curriculum aligned to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework 
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of cyberattacks 
  • Cover key cybersecurity concepts 
  • Solve real-world problems with a capstone project 
  • Grads can challenge various industry certifications 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CSC 1003 Communication for Cybersecurity Professionals 3
CSC 1006 Security Issues and Trends 3
CSC 1020 CSEC Infrastructure 3
CSC 1024 CSEC Programming 3
CSC 1021 Network Defence 3
CSC 1022 Business Contingency Planning 3
CSC 1023 CSEC Policies and Compliance 3
Semester 2
CSC 1012 Cybersecurity Capstone 6
CSC 1011 Mobile Wireless Security 3
CSC 1015 Sys Operations and Cloud Sec 3
CSC 1016 CSEC Tool Development 3
CSC 1017 IT Security Forensics 3
CSC 1018 Ethical Hacking 3
CSC 1019 Malware Dev and Analysis 3
 Total Credits45

Part-time students will be provided with a pathway to complete this program on a part-time basis.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree program from an Ontario College or equivalent.


Applicant must possess five years of work experience in a related field (or combination of education and work experience) as judged by the College to be equivalent. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their related experience and a cover letter outlining their competencies and preparedness for the program.

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025

Spring term start

SEMESTER 1:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2025

Registration to practice/additional testing

Graduates may challenge the following industry certifications:

  • Palo Alto Networks Certified Cybersecurity Entry-level Technician (PCNSA)
  • Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Administrator (PCNSE)
  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • EC-Council Certified Network Defender (CND)

Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information. 

Employment opportunities

Graduates of this one-year graduate certificate program will be positioned to pursue positions in a wide range of public and private organizations in roles such as:

  • information systems security analysts
  • advisors
  • consultants
  • specialists
  • educators
  • network technicians
  • network administrators

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.