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Information Systems Security

Closed for Fall 2019

Open for Winter 2020

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

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.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $12,985
Year 2: $12,985
Year 1 (International): $25,954
Year 2 (International): $25,954

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


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a review of your selection package (career and program investigation report, resumé, and references). 

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2019 are accepted Oct. 3, 2018, to July 15, 2019.
  • Applications for winter 2020 open May 1, 2019.
TermProgram start
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019
Winter 2020 Jan. 6, 2020

Program Details

Program description

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.

All Information Systems Security students participate in e-learning based curriculum. Students lease PC laptop computers from SAIT, which are equipped with various virtual environments and software applications.

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.

Your career

Upon graduation, you may find employment in a wide variety of areas: penetration testing, log analysis, threat analysis, risk management, network security, Internet of Things hardening, physical security, quality assurance, malware analysis and security audits. The security industry is experiencing a large deficit in well trained, entry level security professionals who can be instantly productive in a large variety of jobs. The opportunities are exciting but the career is intellectually challenging, requiring lifelong learners with unusual dedication and focus.

Student success

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

Credentials and accreditation

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

There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for more information.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • International students: applications and assessment results for the winter 2019 start must be received by mid-November to ensure you have time to complete the Criminal Record check.
  • Applications for fall 2019 are accepted Oct. 3, 2018, to July 15, 2019.
  • Applications for winter 2020 open May 1, 2019. 

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. 

Competitive entry: six-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: Review the selection of information to understand the process and deadlines.

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted to be included in the selection.

You will be required to submit a selection package consisting of the following:

Step 4: Apply to Information Systems Security and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Submit the selection package.

Once you're in the selection, we will send you a selection package. Applicants who don't complete and submit the selected package will be excluded from selection.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

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

View additional Information Systems Security program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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.


Domestic tuition and fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 total
1 $12,000 $462 $523 $12,973
2 $12,000 $462 $523 $12,973

International tuition and fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees 2019/20 total
1 $24,970 $462 $523 $25,954
2 $24,970 $462 $523 $25,954

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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