Graduates of the Information Security program will develop the 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.
- Analyze and assess key security risks.
- Interpret and communicate the security threat impact on business.
- Achieve the technical skills to identify and interpret cyber incidents/events.
- Identify, analyze and mitigate threats to internal IT systems and networks.
- Secure organizational web presence through analysis and threat monitoring.
- Work within industry standard governance and compliance frameworks.
- Interpret business security needs within a global environment.
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
- oil and gas
- supply chain
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.