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Information Systems Security

Closed for Fall 2020

Open for Winter 2021

Length: 2 years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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For the Fall 2020 term, students entering first semester for this program will take their classes online. Students entering their third semester will receive instruction in a blended format, with some classes online and others on-campus.


Train to enter the computer and systems security profession with a mastery of programming, operating systems, networking and strategy — using practical applications of defensive and offensive technologies.

Computer and systems security is an integral part of our everyday lives. When the systems work it is transparent but when they fail it can be catastrophic. Not only are businesses focused on the security of their data, nation states are focused on the security of their people. Terrorism, rogue states, organized crime and low level cyber-warfare are all part of today’s threat landscapes.

The Information Systems Security program prepares you for entering the security profession with confidence and solid fundamental knowledge. You will use a wide variety of defensive and offensive tools while learning the fundamentals of: networking, malware analysis, reverse engineering, tool construction, operating systems internals, forensics, legal/ethical issues, social engineering and military strategy.

Information Systems Security will have some of its courses delivered in a unique lab environment designed to contain and control the possible spread of the malware being analyzed. The first year of the program rests on a strong base of fundamental skills: programming, operating systems, networking and strategy. The second year moves into the more practical applications of defense and offensive technologies accumulating with a  capstone project in which students will apply knowledge learned from previous courses. The program is two years in length with each academic year divided into two 15-week semesters.

A criminal records check may be required by potential employers. Basic level of computer networking and “C” language programming will greatly enhance your success as a student in this program.

Is this a good fit for me?

Applicants with strong curiosity, good problem-solving skills and excellent work habits are usually more successful in programs such as Information Systems Security.


Upon successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Information Systems Security.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as an information systems analyst in: 

  • penetration testing 
  • log analysis 
  • threat analysis 
  • risk management 
  • network security 
  • Internet of Things hardening 
  • physical security 
  • quality assurance 
  • malware analysis  
  • security audits 

Related careers include: 

  • information systems consultant 
  • software engineer 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $14,062  
Year 2: $14,062 

Year 1 (International): $28,780 
Year 2 (International): $28,780

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

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Tuition and financial aid


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 are accepted Oct. 2, 2019 until the program start date. 
  • Applications for winter 2021 open March 30, 2020 until the program start date. 
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Winter 2021 Jan. 11, 2021

How to apply

Making it happen

The idea of going back to school can be a daunting one at any age, but the decision to make the investment in yourself and your future is worth taking the plunge. After completing a diploma in criminal justice and working in administration, Lauren knew she wanted to do more within the field of security.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.
  • Winter 2021 start: application open March 30, 2020. 
  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.

Admission requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 65% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30, or at least 70% in Math 30-2 or Applied Math 30, AND,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1, or at least 65% in English Language Arts 30-2.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Information System Security and  submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status  after you apply.

Communication during selection

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 ict.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe sender's list or you risk missing critical email messages. 


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-256 Professional Communication and Presentation Skills 3.0
ITSC-200 Network Protocols and Security 3.0
ITSC-201 Military and Strategic Studies 3.0
ITSC-202 Secure Programming Essentials 3.0
STAT-245 Statistics for Engineering & Tech l 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
ITSC-203 Offensive and Defensive Tool Construction 3.0
ITSC-204 Computer Architecture - Exploitation and Security 3.0
ITSC-205 Operating Systems Internals 3.0
ITSC-206 Advanced Networking for Offensive and Defensive Environments
LAWG-200 Security Practice and the Canadian Legal System 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
ITSC-301 Wireless Security 3.0
ITSC-302 Web Application Security 3.0
ITSC-303 Malware Analysis 3.0
ITSC-304 Operating System Exploitation 3.0
ITSC-305 Reverse Engineering of IoT Systems 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
ITSC-306 Computer Forensics 3.0
ITSC-307 Payment Card Industry Compliance and Encryption 3.0
ITSC-308 Security Policies and Operations 3.0
ITSC-309 Social Engineering 3.0
ITSC-310 System Security Capstone 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0


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.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transferring to, within or from SAIT is available. Visit  Transfer Options to learn more.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $12,840 $682 $288 $252 $14,062
2 $12,840 $682 $288 $252 $14,062

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $27,467 $682 $288 $344 $28,780
2 $27,467 $682 $288 $344 $28,780


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

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

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* 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.

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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Fall 2020


Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 4, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.


All classes in the first semester of this program will be delivered online for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines.

All classes offered in the third semester will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. 

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 an e-learning program, which means you will be provided with a laptop with all the necessary software required. Find instructions on how to pick-up your e-learning laptop

Required equipment/tools

Students will require their own:

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Academic chair

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

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