Computer and systems security is an integral part of our everyday lives. When the systems work it is transparent but when they fail it can be catastrophic. Not only are businesses focused on the security of their data, but nation-states are also focused on the security of their people. Terrorism, rogue states, organized crime, and low-level cyber-warfare are all part of today’s threat landscapes.
The Information Systems Security program prepares you for entering the security profession with confidence and solid fundamental knowledge. You will use a wide variety of defensive and offensive tools while learning the fundamentals of networking, malware analysis, reverse engineering, tool construction, operating systems internals, forensics, legal/ethical issues, social engineering, and military strategy.
Information Systems Security will have some of its courses delivered in a unique lab environment designed to contain and control the possible spread of the malware being analyzed. The first year of the program rests on a strong base of fundamental skills: programming, operating systems, networking, and strategy. The second-year moves into the more practical applications of defense and offensive technologies accumulating with a capstone project in which students will apply knowledge learned from previous courses. The program is two years in length with each academic year divided into two 15-week semesters.
All Information Systems Security students participate in an e-learning based curriculum. Students lease PC laptop computers from SAIT, which are equipped with various virtual environments and software applications.
A criminal records check may be required by potential employers. Basic level of computer networking and “C” language programming will greatly enhance your success as a student in this program.
Upon graduation, you may find employment in a wide variety of areas: penetration testing, log analysis, threat analysis, risk management, network security, Internet of Things hardening, physical security, quality assurance, malware analysis, and security audits. The security industry is experiencing a large deficit in well trained, entry-level security professionals who can be instantly productive in a large variety of jobs. The opportunities are exciting but the career is intellectually challenging, requiring lifelong learners with unusual dedication and focus.
Applicants with strong curiosity, good problem-solving skills, and excellent work habits are usually more successful in programs such as Information Systems Security.
Credentials and accreditation
Upon successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Information Systems Security.
There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for more information.
Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution.
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Admission and selection
Fall 2020 start: applications open October 2, 2019.
Winter 2021 start: application open March 30, 2020.
Applications are accepted until the program start date.
Start Dates: September 8, 2020 / January 11, 2021
Length: 2 years
Tuitions and fees per year:
Year 1: $14,062 (domestic) / $28,897 (international)
Year 2: $14,062 (domestic) / $28,897 (international)*Tuition, fees, books, and supply costs are subject to change