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New for 2019 Information Security Analyst

Closed for Fall 2019

Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate
Available: Part Time Classroom

Program Highlights

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.

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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 first.

Bring your own device

The Information Security Analyst program was developed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to specialize in this exciting field. As the program is being offered via part-time, it is expected that students will provide their own laptop.

Classes will be scheduled into e-learning labs with power outlets. Wi-fi access is available to connect to the network and internet. Laptop specs should meet the following minimum requirements: i5 or i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB storage. It may be necessary to subscribe to some specialized software for certain courses.

Learn more about our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs.

Program Details

Program description

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 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.

Your career

There is a global shortage in the supply of qualified cybersecurity workers that is expected to continue over the next several years. Half of all cybersecurity job openings remain unfilled for three months or more, most commonly due to a lack of qualified applicants. In Canada, job seeker interest in cybersecurity roles meets only two-thirds of employer demand. There are not enough applicants for the posted jobs.

There are growing opportunities in Alberta for IT professionals to find jobs in:

      • Public Administration
      • Health Care
      • Business
      • Finance
      • Oil and Gas
      • Manufacturing
      • Supply Chain
      • Transportation

In North America, 68% of professionals reported a shortage of information security workers in their departments in 2017, and the majority believe it is due to a lack of qualified workers.

Globally, the cyber workforce is expanding across both the goods-producing and service sectors. The strongest sectors for expansion in cybersecurity workers (reported as a % increase in cyber workforce) are:

        • Health Care
        • Retail
        • Manufacturing
        • Education
        • Energy

All of these industries will require information security resources to protect their digital property. SAIT graduates of the Information Security Analyst post-diploma certificate will be given the opportunity to specialize in information security and enhance their current skills.   

Student success

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 and accreditations

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

Admission 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.


Fall 2019 - opened Oct. 3, 2019

Winter 2020 - opened May 1, 2019

Applications are open until the end of the term.

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. 


Core courses

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


Domestic tuition and fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 total
1 $10,800 $462 $523 $11,785

International tuition and fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 total
1 $22,320 $462 $523 $23,305

SAIT fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $3,000.
  • A $400 security deposit to use a SAIT issued laptop.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.


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