Mandatory requirements

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.

Review admission requirements for more details.

Overview

Are you ready to become a frontline defender of digital assets in the cybersecurity world? Our Information Security Analyst program is your gateway to this growing field.

Whether you’ve completed related post-secondary studies or have valuable work-related technology experience, we’ll equip you with the skills to identify, investigate and mitigate cyber threats.

In this program, you will learn to:

  • thwart cyber threats by learning to detect and assess threats that loom over modern businesses
  • conduct real-world analysis by applying your analytical skills to examine and understand the who, what, and why behind these incidents
  • become an asset to organizations by helping them strengthen their security posture by proposing practical solutions that mitigate risks based on your knowledge of industry-standard frameworks
  • review, analyze and evaluate incoming threats, providing actionable insights that influence critical decisions.
As an information security analyst, you will safeguard sensitive data, ensure business continuity and protect the reputation of organizations.

Cybersecurity threats impact not only an organization’s technology, but their overall strategy and operations. The demand for skilled professionals in the computer security field is soaring, making it a career path with promising prospects. Other roles include cybersecurity consultant, chief information security officer, risk management specialist or compliance officer.

Become the shield that safeguards IT systems, networks, and digital assets from potential disasters. Complete this program, and you will be on your way to making a tangible impact on the safety and success of businesses and organizations.

People in the cyber security field tend to be innovative, objective, and directive.

You need:

  • analytical skills
  • communication skills
  • an inquiring and inventive mind
  • an eye for details
  • patience and an organized approach to troubleshooting
  • decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • math and science skills
  • teaching skills
  • time-management skills
  • high ethical standards.
You should enjoy being innovative, working with others or on your own and doing your work with precision.

To do well in this program, you should understand the importance of cybersecurity, and be intrigued by how critical infrastructure and operations technologies can be compromised and want to protect these assets.

You require a degree or diploma from a recognized university, institute, or college to enter this program. A combination of education and experience may be considered.

There may also be opportunities to further your education once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

You’ll participate in a capstone project incorporating all the skills you’ve learned to solve complex, security-related issues. 

Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared with the knowledge to challenge the Security+ and Comp Tia+ exams and earn your certifications. 

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Information Security Analyst post-diploma certificate.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

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Find out more about our graduate employment statistics >

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

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 20012, 21211, 21220, 21221, 21222, 21233.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

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Courses

The Information Security Analyst certificate requires 27 credits (nine courses) to complete.

The program spans 21 weeks.

Course Credits

This course explores IP networking fundamentals, internal and external routing protocols, network edge security, network virtualization and public cloud networking. Topics include the fundamentals of IP networking, securing routing protocols, designing intrusion detection and prevention systems, implementing modern firewalls, and securing virtual and cloud networks. Students will participate in a range of activities, including hands-on lab work, case study activities and project work.

Corequsites:
  • ITSC 404
3

Students will learn current industry security control frameworks and apply accepted practices to function within various security environments.

3

Students will classify security risks and threats to assess the impact on business operations. Exploration of current cyber threats will assist the students in identifying potential impacts of security breaches.

3

Students will learn to consolidate event logs from device endpoints within a network to identify threats. Skills developed will include security intelligence and event management, such as data security, event offences, asset profile offences and event rules.

3

In this course, you will learn the strategies and tools to prepare you to manage cybersecurity threats that can occur in the ever-changing cybersecurity threat landscape. You will explore all phases of ethical hacking, including reconnaissance, scanning, gaining and maintaining access, and clearing tracks. You will also learn about vulnerability scanning, wireless and web attacks, malware and system exploits. Finally, you will explore how to discover and remediate security vulnerabilities, provide measures to defend systems, respond to security incidents and design and implement security controls for system hardening.

Corequsites:
  • CPNT 400
3

This course will teach you to scan web applications to detect vulnerabilities and prevent attacks. You will develop skills in web application security, including scanning and testing applications to identify and analyze security vulnerabilities. Topics include OWASP security standards, Glassbox scanning, cross-site scripting, broken authentication, threat analysis and reporting.

3

As global cyber security evolves, industry professionals need to understand current developments. In this course, students will explore the current cybersecurity environment, security laws and ethical practices. Students will analyze cyber capabilities as the fifth domain of warfare, learn how to make an organization’s cyber assets resilient, implement incident response plans and communicate security-related issues to an organization’s senior management.

Corequsites:
  • ITSC 407
3

Students will implement a security risk management framework in an enterprise environment. Using best practices, students will determine the most appropriate risk management framework and tools for analysis and assess the likelihood and impact of security risks on business objectives. Students will also define appropriate response and mitigation options and implement the necessary controls, monitoring and reporting to ensure business continuity.

Corequsites:
  • ITSC 408
3

Students will complete a final security project, incorporating all skills learned to solve complex, security-related issues.

Corequsites:
  • ITSC 409
3

Progression

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 the following requirements or equivalents:

  • completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma from a recognized university, institute, or college
  • a combination of education and experience may be considered and is subject to approval by the academic chair.

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

Spring 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Closed
  • Application deadline: Extended

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Costs

2024/25 tuition and fees

The following estimated costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $14,742 $1,608 $16,350
Total cost:
$16,350

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $26,001 $1,608 $27,609
Total cost:
$27,609

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

The textbooks you require will be discussed in class. You do not need to purchase them ahead of time.

2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective until June 30, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $14,472 $1,570 $16,042
Total cost:
$16,042

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year.
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $25,990.47 $1,570 $27,560.47
Total cost:
$27,560.47
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Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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This program is eligible for Canada Alberta Job Grant funding.

Application process

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Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sadt.advising@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact us

School for Advanced Digital Technology Advising

Phone
403.284.8543
Email
sadt.advising@sait.ca

International Student Advising

Phone
403.284.8852
Email
international@sait.ca