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Cyber Security for Control Systems

Open for Fall 2020

Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate
Available: Part 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 cybersecurity training to protect and defend SCADA and PLC systems that run critical infrastructure in a networked environment.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $15,127 

Year 1 (International): $23,856

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

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Get started as an undeclared student

The courses in the Cyber Security for Control Systems program allow for registration into individual courses as an undeclared student without going through the SAIT application process first.

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until program start date
  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019. 
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

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).

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.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate for the Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate has a previous post-secondary diploma or degree. You have education and/or work experience in industrial systems (SCADA, PLCs, Instrumentation, etc.) and/or computer networking or related fields. You understand the importance of cybersecurity and are intrigued by the ways that critical infrastructure and operations technologies can be compromised and want to protect these assets. You have a strong ethical standard and a curious mind.

Credentials and accreditations

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate.

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 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.

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate for the Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate has a previous post-secondary diploma or degree. You have education and/or work experience in industrial systems (SCADA, PLCs, Instrumentation, etc.) and/or computer networking or related fields.

You understand the importance of cybersecurity and are intrigued by the ways that critical infrastructure and operations technologies can be compromised and want to protect these assets. You have a strong ethical standard and a curious mind.

Get started as an undeclared student

The courses in the Cyber Security for Control Systems part-time program allow for registration into individual courses as an undeclared student without going through the SAIT application process first. It is important that you read the ideal candidate statement above to be sure that you are a good fit for these courses. Also, you must submit a resume to ict.info@sait.ca to validate the optional courses you should take as part of the program. 

You may apply to complete the credential at any time through ApplyAlberta at which time you will have to submit transcripts for entrance into the credential. You must complete all pre-requisite courses, or apply for Prior Learning assessment if you wish to get credit for a required course based on previous education or experience.

Courses

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.
  • To see course availability, schedules and to register, follow the course links below. 

Elective courses (chose one)

Course code Course name Credit
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 code Course name Credit
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 Defence 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

Progression

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.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $13,905 $682 $288 $252 $ 15,127

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $22,543 $682 $288 $344 $23,856

SAIT Fees

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

Delivery 

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

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 a bring your own device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

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 Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.

Contact 

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

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