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To apply for this program, you must have previously completed post-secondary studies at an accredited post-secondary institution or provide proof of related work experience.

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The Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate program addresses the business risks of securing control systems in drilling and well sites, power plants, power grids, water plants, manufacturing, production lines, telecommunications and hospitals.

Many of these systems were previously analog-based but are currently networked and digital, placing them at greater risk for cyber-attacks. Many concepts will be similar to those used to secure information in technology systems. Still, the training will focus on the specific constraints of securing control systems in the industrial environment.

It applies to employees of organizations relying on technology, whether their cybersecurity focus is on information technology (IT), industrial control systems (ICS), cyber-physical systems (CPS), or connected devices more generally, including the Internet of Things (IoT). Thus, while this program is focused on graduates who can improve cybersecurity risk management in control system environments, it can be used by graduates in many organizations — regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication — to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improve safety, reliability, security and resilience of these systems.

This is an intensive program requiring a commitment of both time and energy. Students who experience success are those who make their education a priority throughout the program.

You have education and/or work experience in industrial systems (SCADA, PLCs, Instrumentation, etc.) and/or computer networking or related fields.

You understand the importance of cybersecurity and are intrigued by how critical infrastructure and operations technologies can be compromised and want to protect these assets. You have a robust ethical standard and a curious mind.

The opportunity to advance your education by transferring into this program or gain credit for previous postsecondary courses may be available.

There may also be opportunities to further your education by transferring to another institution once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

This program has a capstone project that allows students to use all the techniques gained throughout the program to expose vulnerabilities in large systems specific to industrial control systems.

International applicants can apply for two consecutive programs at the same time to create a two-year bundle with Management and Leadership and the Data Analytics or Cyber Security Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificates.

In the first year of study, you'll complete the Cyber Security for Control Systems program. one of the following post-diploma certificates:

  • Cyber Security for Control Systems focuses on addressing the business risks specific to securing control systems in different industries, including business, digital technology, manufacturing, telecommunications, and more.
  • Data Analytics focuses on predictive analytics, which uses statistical models and forecasting to understand possible future scenarios, as well as prescriptive analytics, which uses optimization and simulation to produce recommendations on possible outcomes.

In the second year of study, you will complete a Management and Leadership certificate to prepare you to lead a team through disruptive change to the working environment.

Upon completion of both certificate programs, you'll receive a post-diploma certificate and a Management and Leadership certificate and may qualify for a post-graduate work permit of up to three years. If you only complete one of the programs, you may be eligible for a one-year post-graduate work permit. 

Applicants must meet one of the following (or equivalent) requirements:

  • Completion of a two-year diploma or undergraduate degree in information technology, instrumentation or related technical discipline.
  • Three to five years of work experience in business, information technology, instrumentation, or a related technical discipline would also be accepted with approval from the program academic chair.

A combination of education and experience will be considered.


International students who wish to take this program must do so as part of a bundled program. Upon successful completion of the program, you may qualify for a post-graduation work permit for up to a maximum of three years. 

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Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

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The Cyber Security for Control Systems certificate requires 27.4 credits (10 courses) to complete.

Course Credits

This course examines industry standards used in the life cycle management of industrial control systems. You will consider NIST, ISA/IEC 62243 and ISO 27001 in the context of industry examples. You will also learn how to assess the maturity of an industrial control system through audits and related compliance activities and how to develop remediation projects in response to audit reports.


This course defines and explores the industrial control system (ICS) and where it is used in our day-to-day lives. The topics include attack vectors and the application of appropriate barriers to ensure systems' reliability, availability, confidentiality and integrity. The ICS security ecosystem, the future of ICS, the industrial internet of things, cyber security and ongoing cyber security professional development will also be covered.

  • CPRG 407 or CPSY 401

Understanding the criticality of ICS, how the physical process works and understanding the consequences and differences between corporate and control and threats and vulnerabilities. Being able to assess risks, defensive, postures and recommend actions. Understand security basics (CIA, TRIAD, AIC).

  • CPRG 407 or CPSY 401

This course introduces basic switching, routing and general network communication protocols from the functionality and vulnerability viewpoints. Topics include TCP/IP networking, ICS protocols and terminology, network design, troubleshooting and tools.

  • CPRG 407 or CPSY 401

This course examines the evolution of strategic thought from antiquity to the modern day. The coursework focuses on continuities and discontinuities in strategic analysis and theory.


This course examines the concepts used in industrial control systems' threat and vulnerability management. You will consider real-life examples of managing threats, vulnerabilities of ICS systems and attacks aimed at ICS systems. You will also learn how to leverage cyber intelligence, including darkweb-based cyber intelligence in improving the cyber maturity of an industrial control system.


Defending and developing a response to cyber attack incidents.

  • ITSC 402

This course provides an overview of business operations and change management for ICS security. You will learn basic communication skills, including technical writing and presentation skills, and examine topics such as continuity planning, business drivers for ICS operations, and the importance of self-attitude and customer focus. You will also consider ICS network design and how to troubleshoot network issues.

  • ITSC 402

This capstone project provides students with simulated environments for penetration testing and hardening. The emphasis is that students use all the techniques gained throughout the program to expose vulnerabilities in large systems specific to ICS. The final project will be a documented penetration of a well-protected system and a presentation of recommendations for hardening the system.

  • CMPC 401
  • CMPC 402
  • CMPC 403
  • CMPN 403
  • ITSC 401
  • ITSC 403
  • MMGT 400

Choose one of the following electives, considered pre-requisite electives.

Course Credits

This course provides an overview of industrial control systems using digital controllers. Besides providing learners with an introduction to Programmable Logic Controller, practical outcomes for this course include configuring and programming a Programmable Logic Controller, applying the IEC 61131-3 industrial controller programming languages and then combining this knowledge to program an automatic control system.


This introductory course provides ICS operators with training in IT concepts, shell scripting and an understanding of devices with an embedded OS/firmware. Topics include Wintel, networking and storage.



Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

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Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet one of the following requirements or equivalents:

  • completion of a two-year diploma or undergraduate degree in information technology, instrumentation, or related technical discipline
  • three to five years of experience in information technology, instrumentation or a related technical discipline would also be accepted with approval from the program academic chair. A combination of education and experience will be considered.

This program is only available for international students as a bundled program. Please see the specialized intake information above. 

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.


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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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Available intakes

Winter 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: Oct. 26, 2023
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: Sept. 28, 2023

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024


2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.

Domestic students

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $13,905 $1,570 $15,475
Total cost:

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $23,862.87 $1,570 $25,432.87
Total cost:

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