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Cyber Security for Control Systems

Open for Fall 2019

Length: 26 Weeks
Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Advance your career and develop the skills to protect industrial control systems from cyber attacks such as drilling and well sites, power plants, power grid, water plants, manufacturing, production lines, telecommunications and hospitals. This program will focus on cyber security training to protect and defend SCADA and PLC systems that run critical infrastructure in a networked environment. 

New evening and weekend program

Our Cyber Security for Controls Systems program is also offered part-time, allowing you the flexibility to work while studying. This delivery is offered for winter and fall. 

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $13,500
Year 1 (International): $21,628

*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 two-step process: review of your supporting documentation (career and program investigation form and resumé) and a selection appointment. 

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until program start.
  • Applications for winter 2019 open May 2, 2018.
  • Applications for fall 2019 open Oct. 3, 2018.
TermProgram start
Winter 2019 Jan. 7, 2019
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 

Build on your post-secondary education

Our post diploma certificates build on existing knowledge while introducing new, specialized skills for a Cyber Security for Control Systems role.

Program Details

Program Description

The Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate program addresses the business risks specific to securing control systems in sectors such as drilling and well sites, power plants, power grid, water plants, manufacturing, production lines, telecommunications, and hospitals. Many of these systems were previously analog-based, but are currently networked and digital, placing them at greater risk for cyber-attacks. Many of the concepts will be similar to those used to secure information in technology systems, but the training will focus on the specific constraints of securing control systems in the industrial environment. It is applicable to employees of organizations relying on technology, whether their cybersecurity focus is on information technology (IT), industrial control systems (ICS), cyber-physical systems (CPS), or connected devices more generally, including the Internet of Things (IoT). Thus, while this program is focused on graduates who can improve cybersecurity risk management in control system environments, it can be used by graduates in many organizations - regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication - to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improve safety, reliability, security and resilience of these systems.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as a Cyber Security Analyst/ Specialist, ICS Security Analyst/Specialist, Industrial Technologist, ICS Infrastructure Analyst, SCADA Security Technologist or an Industrial Network/Systems/Security Analyst.

Student Success

This is an intensive program requiring 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 and Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Cyber Security for Control Systems Post-Diploma Certificate.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Winter 2019 start: applications open May 2, 2018.
  • Fall 2019 start: applications open Oct. 3, 2018.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following (or equivalent), as well as the English Proficiency requirement*:

  • Completion of a two-year diploma or undergraduate degree in an information technology, instrumentation or related technical discipline. 
  • Three to five years of experience in information technology, instrumentation or a related technical discipline would also be accepted with approval from the program Academic Chair. A combination of education and experience will be considered.

* All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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

Due to the tight integration of courses in the Cyber Security for Control Systems program, credit for Prior Learning is not available.

Competitive Entry: Seven 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 information to understand the process and deadlines 

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

Selection is done on a continuous basis and is based on the following criteria:

  • Current resumé outlining previous education and experience.
  • ICT Career & Program Investigation form. This form will be emailed to you once you have applied. It will be scored to determine suitability for the program; please be detailed and thorough.
  • A photocopy of your educational transcripts and any other supporting documents.  
  • Attend a mandatory selection appointment once the above documents have been submitted and scored by the department. Telephone appointments can be scheduled for out-of-town applicants.  
  • The final decision for acceptance into the program will be determined by the Academic Chair.
  • A criminal records check is required for entrance to this program. Please wait until you have received a selection package from the School of Information and Communication Technologies before requesting a records check.

Step 4: Apply to Cyber Security for Control Systems 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 your resumé, Career & Program Investigation form and transcripts.

  • Send your documentation to the School of ICT Fast-Track office by email to fast-track@sait.ca or fax to 403.210.4523.

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

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

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 fast-track@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.


Program Outline

  • The courses listed are not shown in instructional order. Due to the nature of the fast-track programs some course may be modified or replaced.
  • View additional Cyber Security for Control Systems program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Elective Courses (chose one)

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
CPSY-401 Operating Systems and Shell Programming 3.0
CPRG-407 Programming Industrial Control Systems 3.0
Total Credits 3.0

Students have to take one or the other of these first two elective courses, considered pre-requisite electives.

Core Courses

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ITSC-401 Strategic Fundamentals of Cyber Warfare 1.5
CMPN-403 Networking Protocols and Security 3.0
CMPC-401 Security Standards and Compliance 3.0
CMPC-402 Industrial Control System Security 3.0
CMPC-403 Industrial Control System Security Risk Assessment 3.0
ITSC-402 Vulnerability, Threats and Attacks 3.0
ITSC-403 Defense and Incident Response 3.0
MMGT-400 Business Operations and Change Management for ICS Security 1.5
PROJ-405 ICS Cyber Security Capstone Project 3.0
Total Credits 24.0
Total Program Credits 27.0


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*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $13,500 $450 $523 $14,473

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $20,655 $450 $523 $21,628


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $290

SAIT Students' Association Fees

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

Books and Supplies*

  • Tuition includes all course materials, student fees and access to appropriate technology.
  • Membership to the SAIT wellness centre — including an ice arena, swimming/diving pool, gymnasium, squash and racquetball courts and weight room is available at a discounted rate.

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

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