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Information Security Analyst

Open for Fall 2021

Open for Spring 2022

Length: 4 months Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Upcoming Information Sessions

All courses in this program will be delivered online (OA, OS, OR) for the Fall 2021 semester.
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Overview

Become an information security analyst and help businesses identify information security threats and risks. Learn to investigate cybersecurity events or crimes to IT systems, networks and digital assets.

Graduates of the Information Security program will develop skills to identify and interpret information security threats and risks in a business context. They can adapt industry-standard frameworks to propose practical solutions to mitigate risks.

Graduates will also learn to investigate cybersecurity events or crimes related to IT systems, networks and digital assets.  They will learn to review, analyze and evaluate incoming cybersecurity threats that impact strategy and operations.

Is this the right fit for me?

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

We find there is a direct correlation between the time and energy invested to the amount of success achieved. Learners with strong time-management and discipline have a greater propensity to succeed.

Remaining focused and diligent with coursework is important for success in completing the program.

Credentials

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

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue cybersecurity job opportunities in: 

  • public administration 
  • health care 
  • business 
  • finance 
  • oil and gas 
  • manufacturing 
  • supply chain 
  • transportation 

There is an extremely high demand for information security workers across North America. 

Related careers include: 

  • cyber forensic investigator 
  • computer network administrator 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $15,794

Year 1 (International): $26,132

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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Tuition and financial aid

Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for spring and fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for spring 2022 opened on June 14, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Oct. 4, 2021 Feb. 26, 2022
Spring 2022 May 9, 2022 Dec. 16, 2022

Connect to cybersecurity this month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Admission requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.
  • Spring 2022 start: applications opened on June 14, 2022. 

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the following or equivalent:

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

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate for the Information Security Analyst post-diploma certificate has a previous post-secondary diploma or degree, ideally in a technical or information technology discipline.

You have education or work experience in software development and/or computer networking or related fields. You understand the critical nature of cybersecurity and are intrigued by the ever-changing ways that both corporate and personal information continue to be compromised. You have a strong ethical standard and a curious mind.

Get started as an undeclared student

The courses in the Information Security Analyst program allow for registration into individual courses without going through the SAIT application process. It is important you read the ideal candidate statement above to be sure you are a good fit for these courses. 

You may apply to complete the credential at any time through Apply Alberta at which time you will have to submit transcripts for entrance into the credential. You must apply for prior learning assessment if you wish to get credit for a required course based on previous education or experience. 

Courses

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Course code Course name Credit
ITSC 400 Standards & Compliance Frameworks 3.0
ITSC 404 Security Risk Identification 3.0
CPNT 400 Advanced Networking 3.0
ITSC 405 Data & Network Security Intelligence 3.0
ITSC 406 Security Tools 3.0
ITSC 407 Web & Application Security 3.0
ITSC 408 Global Information Security Acumen 3.0
ITSC 409 Security Risk Management 3.0
PROJ 402 Information Security Analyst Capstone Project 3.0
Total credits 27.0

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.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $14,461 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $15,764

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $24,799 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $26,132

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place the first day of classes.

Learn more about your orientation.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our  registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

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

The recommended hardware and software requirements are:

  • Processor: i7
  • RAM: 16 GB or greater
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD or greater
  • Video card: onboard integrated
  • Screen size: 15" or greater
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 or greater
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Approximate price: $1,800

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2Lbefore the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

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

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

Academic Chair

Jessica Ager, Academic Chair
jessica.ager@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

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