This one-year program is ideal for those looking to become familiar with all aspects of cyber security, such as blockchain, big data, and the IoT (Internet of Things). This program is powered by CompTIA, giving you the knowledge to build a solid foundation for the Security+ certification.
This program qualifies for Second Career funding.
Gain the ability to anticipate information security risks, implement new ways to protect networks, and prevent cyberattacks of various types. Through lab activities and cutting-edge tools, students will build the professional skills required to pursue a career in cybersecurity.
Learn to use tools such as Cryptool, Wireshark, Zenmap, Nmap, Burp Suite, Snort, TCPdump, OpenVAS, and OSSIM;
Learn Python programming language, SQL, Hyper-V, and mobile simulator/emulators to perform cybersecurity lab experiments;
Assess risks to determine how security policies and protocols can be improved by studying computer systems and networks;
Anticipate information security risks and implement new ways to protect organizations’ computer systems and networks;
Handle computer communication across multiple operating systems;
Respond to security alerts and uncover and fix flaws in computer systems and networks;
Utilize technologies to perform or prevent cyberattacks of various types.
This program is powered by CompTIA, giving you the knowledge to build a solid foundation towards the most recognized accreditation in the industry, the Security+ certification. CompTIA is considered to be one of the IT industry’s top trade associations. It issues professional certifications in over 120 countries.
The co-op term provides you with an opportunity to integrate academic studies with related employment experience. Students can also choose to complete a Capstone project.
The co-op work experience could include positions in the following areas:
IT Support Desk Specialist
Information Systems Analyst
You will have 480 hours of guided learning hours followed by 240 hours of practicum hours in an established business. The work placement will help you apply the theories you learn to practical business situations. We will help you secure your work placement by sending you for interviews.
Why Study Cybersecurity at TSoM?
Unbeatable Location: Study in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada’s business and financial capital.
Learning Partner: This program is powered by CompTIA, giving you the knowledge to build a solid foundation towards the most recognized accreditation in the industry, the Security+ certification. CompTIA is considered one of the IT industry’s top trade associations and issues professional certifications in over 120 countries.
Student Diversity: Diverse student body from over 100 countries.
Co-op partners: Extensive network of 100+ co-op partners across a wide range of industries.
Career Outlook: Our graduates can work as an Informatics Security Analyst, Systems Security Analyst, Security Administrator, Security Software Developer, Cryptographer, Information Security Specialist, IT Security Analyst, Cybersecurity Specialist, Network Security Engineer, Risk Management Analyst, Penetration Tester, Ethical Hacker, Vulnerability Management Analyst, and Cloud Security Analyst.
Work Opportunities in Toronto: As a full-time international student, you can work up to 20 hours during your studies and full time during scheduled breaks.
1. Introduction to Cybersecurity
This module is designed to give you basic knowledge of the cyber world. This module will enable you to understand the principles of cyberattacks, the darknet, hackers’ motivations, and various advanced technologies.
2. Computer Networks
This module will review the structure of the personal computer's basic concepts in data communications, the 7 layers model, working with SERVER 2016, remote and direct access, as well as Virtual Private network (VPN).
3. Communications, Operating Systems and Data Management
This module focuses on advanced computer communications topics such as monitoring and analyzing network traffic, operating systems (with an emphasis on Linux and Windows), data archives, and management development (including Structured Query Language (SQL) and mobile cybersecurity).
4. Programming Languages for Cybersecurity
This module covers web technologies and basic HTML development. In addition, you will learn Python code development and basic programming with Python.
5. Concepts and Practical Implication of Encryption
This module will focus on the technology of cryptography and the techniques, limitations, and problems commonly encountered. It covers the theory and application of methods available to secure information, computers, and networks, as well as legal issues to do with cryptography.
6. Information Security in the Cyber World
In this module, you will learn several topics. First, you will become familiar with various types of scans, such as networks, sites, computers, and vulnerabilities for attacks. The second part of this module will cover weaknesses in information security (hardware, software, and infrastructure) and data and cyber protection technologies, tools, and leading companies.
7. Penetration Testing
This module is designed to provide you with the basic skills to conduct and build penetration testing infrastructure that includes all the equipment needed, such as hardware, software, network infrastructure, and tools.
This module will cover tactics for managing and synchronizing a multiplayer cyber event: SOC, NOC, ISP, MSSP, and using communication strategies as a tool to manage and prevent a crisis during cyberattacks.
9. Work Placement
Once the program is complete, you are required to complete 240 hours of a work placement in a suitable business environment. Appropriate business sectors for placement include cybersecurity services, banking, financial services, insurance offices, not-for-profits, communications services, government entities, and more. Activities performed will vary depending on the placement site; however, your key responsibilities will include:
Learning to build secure software systems, networks, and data centers;
Assisting in the search for vulnerabilities and risks in hardware and software;
Building firewalls into network infrastructures;
Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or be at least 18 years of age and pass the Wonderlic test.
Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent or be at least 18 years of age and pass the Wonderlic test.
For non-native English speakers:
Successful completion of TSoM EAP Level 4 or
Have the required IELTS 5.5 score or equivalent or
Pass the TSoM English Assessment (Written on-site or online with the exam proctor)
For more information on English language requirements, please see the English Proficiency page.
Computer Use Expectation
In order to successfully progress through studies at the Toronto School of Management (TSoM), it is required that you have access to a personal computer or laptop, with minimum configurations:
CPU: 64-bit x86 Intel or AMD Processor from 2011 or later with full virtualization support with minimum 2GHz or faster core speed. Intel i5 or higher with four cores or more is recommended. Ensure that it fully supports VMware and VirtualBox.
RAM: 6GB or more is recommended.
Storage: Minimum 256GB HDD/SSD or higher
Wireless Adapter with N or AC standard
Additionally, TSoM offers access to computer labs on campus, but availability cannot be guaranteed, and some programming software may not be available on all open-access computers.
Graduates of this diploma can consider career opportunities under NOC 2171, which includes positions such as:
Informatics security analyst
Systems security analyst
Security software developer
51 weeks, including scheduled breaks
International Students - Final Price After Scholarship
Daytime: $11,000 CAD
Canada and Canada Permanent Residence Students - Final Price After Bursary
Daytime: $6,000 CAD
Technology, Books, and Materials Fees additional
Please note that 2023 tuition fees will be applicable from August 1st, 2022, when applying for any of the 2023 intakes.
Fees after scholarship*
$12,500 (Daytime session)
$6,500 (Daytime session)
*Additional fees may apply. All fees are in Canadian dollars.