Program: CYBE
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time + Part-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 2 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 1 year
Effective: Fall 2024, Winter 2025, Summer 2025
Location: Barrie


Students prepare for careers involving the development, evaluation, and support of cybersecurity solutions. Building on previous educational experience, students learn to create cost-effective and secure computing environments. Students develop the knowledge and skills to categorize, design, implement and integrate technical safeguards to ensure the security of information systems. Emphasis is placed on cultivating the interpersonal, organizational, technical, communication, and problem-solving skills applied to enhance the effective implementation of security in a business environment.

Career Opportunities

The need for organizations to build and maintain secure network and information systems has created demand for skilled computer and network systems security specialists. Chief Information Officers and Information Technology Managers charged with the need to plan and implement security controls and infrastructure to protect corporate information systems will increasingly require the skills of security specialists. Career opportunities may be available in both public and private sector organizations including the financial sector, health care, education and more. Graduates may gain employment as administrators, technicians, security analysts or penetration testers.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. develop cybersecurity strategies for the deployment of network security procedures and network security devices;
  2. establish security plans and strategies for proper use and protection of information assets including contingency and disaster plans in compliance with best practices, standards, and regulations;
  3. deploy and manage cybersecurity systems and optimize system settings in order to 'harden' information systems;
  4. establish best practices to protect business resources from vulnerabilities and exploits;
  5. create acceptable use policies for business information systems;
  6. create acceptable risk management and general security management policies for business information systems;
  7. implement and conduct penetration testing to identify and exploit an organization’s network system vulnerability;
  8. configure and manage logging software, and apply log analysis and forensic investigation techniques to ensure and report on compliance with cybersecurity plans, policies, standards, and regulations;
  9. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities in the information security field;
  10. investigate and employ environmentally sustainable practices within the cybersecurity field.

Practical Experience

All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes.  Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.

Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Experiential and Work-Integrated Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking.  Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.

Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulations for details.   

International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.

Further information on co-op services can be found at

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2024
  • Sem 2: Winter 2025
  • Work Term: Summer 2025

Winter Intake

  • Sem 1: Winter 2025
  • Sem 2: Summer 2025
  • Work Term: Fall 2025

Summer Intake

  • Sem 1: Summer 2025 
  • Sem 2: Fall 2025
  • Work Term: Winter 2026

Admission Requirements

  • Post-secondary diploma or degree with a focus in computer science, computer engineering or computer networking, or equivalent work experience in computer networks, operating systems and programming.

Selection Process

Applicants will be asked to submit a current resume and letter of interest to the Program Coordinator. Academic and experiential learning of all applicants will be assessed.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Additional Information

To be successful in this program, you are required to have a personal notebook computer prior to the start of the program that meets or exceeds the following hardware specifications:

  • Intel i5 processor or AMD equivalent
  • 16GB of memory 
  • 500GB hard drive (SSD recommended)

Additional operating systems, security tools, and software used in the program will be provided to the student upon commencement of the program.

Graduation Requirements

12 Program Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
NETS 1015 Security Management 42
NETS 1025 Network Security 1 42
NETS 1026 Windows Systems Security 42
NETS 1028 Linux Systems Security 42
NETS 1035 Applied Cryptography 42
NETS 1039 Cloud Security 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
NETS 1006 Contingency Planning and Disaster Recovery 42
NETS 1030 Network Security 2 42
NETS 1032 Digital Forensics 42
NETS 1034 Hacking Techniques and Exploits 42
NETS 1037 Monitoring and Log Management 42
NETS 1038 Application Security 42
 Total Hours504
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermHours
COOP 1050 Information Systems Security Work Term 560
 Total Hours560

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of one year (as stated above) may take a maximum of two years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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