Professional Diploma in Cybersecurity

Live Online LearningNext Course Starts Sep 22ndfrom €1,500

Get an intensive introduction to the cybersecurity landscape with this course. Become familiar with cybersecurity and information security and be better equipped to recognise attacks on your personal or business data. This essential skill will help you reduce risk and protect digital assets.

Why UCD Professional Academy?

  • Valuable, trusted qualification
  • Industry expert lecturers
  • Flexible live online learning

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Course Information for Cybersecurity

€1,500

Secure your place with a 10% deposit and pay the rest in instalments. Flexible payment options available.

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Showing dates for: Sep - Jan 2022

Starts 22 Sep - Ends 08 Dec 2021

Part-time

Course Type

Live online lectures with an industry expert

Duration

12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week

Timetable

Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Starts 21 Oct - Ends 20 Jan 2022

Part-time

Course Type

Live online lectures with an industry expert

Duration

12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week

Timetable

Thursdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Starts 16 Nov - Ends 15 Feb 2022

Part-time

Course Type

Live online lectures with an industry expert

Duration

12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week

Timetable

Tuesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Starts 19 Jan - Ends 06 Apr 2022

Part-time

Course Type

Live online lectures with an industry expert

Duration

12 weeks: One 3 hour lecture per week

Timetable

Wednesdays, 6.30pm - 9.30pm

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Profesional Diploma in Cybersecurity course content and learning outcomes

Discover the threats that cause people and organisations to lose money, time, data, or resources. This course introduces the tools, practices, and policies that anyone can use to mitigate security risks.

What will I learn about Cybersecurity?

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This practical course is a great introduction to the key themes and concepts of cybersecurity and uses real-world examples to teach methods that you can immediately apply at work or home. By learning to think like a hacker, you’ll understand how tools such as ethical hacking, digital forensics, and open-source intelligence can be used to defend against cybercrime. You will also learn to manage incidents and recover after a breach.

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Cybersecurity Course Modules:

Threat Landscape

Threat Landscape

Understand the key concepts and principles in the current cybersecurity threat landscape, including the three main goals of information security: confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

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  • Threat landscape
  • Definitions
  • CIA Triad
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Cryptography

Cryptography

Learn how cryptography is used to protect information and communications through the use of codes.

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  • History of cryptography
  • Encryption and decryption
  • Hash functions
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Passwords & Authentication

Passwords & Authentication

Learn about authentication and secure passwords. Practice using online tools or resources for cracking passwords.

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  • Authentication
  • Secure passwords
  • 2FA/MFA
  • Cracking Passwords
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Malware

Malware

Learn to identify malicious software and security threats. Understand the weaknesses of network solutions and deployments - both external and internal.

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  • Malware
  • Detecting malware
  • Protecting from attack
  • Notable attacks and zero-days
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Networking & Communications

Networking & Communications

Understand the evolution of the internet and network communications.

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  • Evolution of the internet
  • Evolution of computer networking
  • Wireless networks
  • Protocols
  • The World Wide Web
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Network, Application & Mobile Security

Network, Application & Mobile Security

Learn about the fundamental concepts and principles in network, application, and mobile security.

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  • Threat detection
  • Network security
  • Application and mobile security
  • The OWASP Top 10
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Risk Management

Risk Management

Learn to define and enforce risk assessment, compliance, auditing, and policy updates.

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  • What is risk?
  • Risk assessment
  • Compliance, audits, and policies
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Introduction To Penetration Testing

Introduction To Penetration Testing

Discover the main concepts of penetration testing and ethical hacking.

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  • History of hacking
  • Methods, tools, and resources
  • Demonstration
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Digital Forensics

Digital Forensics

Understand the concepts of digital forensics and electronic discovery (ediscovery), including the preservation of evidence.

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  • Digital forensics
  • Ediscovery
  • Tools and resources
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Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) & Social Engineering

Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) & Social Engineering

Learn how open-source intelligence (publicly available data) is used in cybersecurity measures. Understand how social engineering exploits human behaviour to bypass security.

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  • Open-source intelligence
  • Social engineering
  • Tools and resources
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Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery

Learn to analyse the capabilities of network protection. Look at threat remediation solutions and how to manage incidents.

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  • Business continuity
  • Disaster recovery
  • Managing incidents
  • Plans and policies
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Compliance, Certifications & Resources

Compliance, Certifications & Resources

Learn how to identify the popular ISMS frameworks, cybersecurity certifications, tools, and resources.

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  • ISMS frameworks
  • Cybersecurity certifications
  • Kali Linux
  • Tools and resources
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Have questions about the Professional Diploma in Cybersecurity?

Find out how this industry-focused course will give you the job-ready skills and knowledge to advance your career.

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Is this course right for me?

This course is ideal for professionals looking to gain an awareness of the issues and risks around cybersecurity and information security, which is a global threat to organisations and individuals. There is no coding or programming, as this course focuses on concepts, tools, and principles.

This course would also suit someone considering a career in cyber or information security, as it will introduce you to the types of roles available within this cyber career path and the qualifications or certifications required.

How will this course help with my career?

Cybercrime is a huge threat to organisations. Methods of attack evolve constantly, and businesses face escalating levels of responsibility and compliance. Because human error is an organisation’s greatest vulnerability when it comes to cybersecurity, having employees that understand security issues and best practice is highly desirable. 

Cybersecurity skills are some of the most in-demand in the world, making this professional diploma a great addition to your CV. Guidance and resources are provided during the course for those who wish to continue learning.

What is the online learning experience like?

Our online experience is designed to be just as interactive, supportive, and inspiring as the UCD Professional Academy campus experience. 

Online courses can be accessed from any computer or laptop with an internet connection. 

Live lectures are delivered using Zoom. During these lectures, your teachers will use technology interactively to ensure an engaging learning experience. When appropriate, students will be encouraged to activate their microphones so that they can ask questions and communicate with other students.

What is the student experience like?

Student care is a high priority at UCD Professional Academy, which is why our Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your time with us. They will respond to any queries you have, help you with any technical issues, and facilitate your learning experience at every point. All students are given access to our Student Portal, where you can see your timetable, access all your study materials, and manage your account.

How is this course assessed?

Every week, after the online session, you will complete a short multiple-choice test to assess your understanding of the concepts you have learned. You will also be expected to keep a weekly learner log and complete a report-style written assignment focusing on a cybersecurity topic, both of which will be submitted at the end of the course.

What are the benefits of a Professional Diploma?

UCD Professional Academy diplomas and awards are designed to give your career an advantage. Developed in conjunction with industry thought leaders and academic specialists our courses teach practical, applied skills to support you to achieve your career and business goals.  Professional Diplomas are suitable for career minded learners wishing to advance their professional skills and prospects rather than their academic credentials.

The Professional Academy in an independent wholly owned part of UCD designed to address the need for skills development in the workforce. Courses tend to be short, designed and delivered by industry practitioners, and are not part of nor do they lead to a traditional University award such as a degree or a masters.  They are widely accepted by employers and many students are sponsored to study by their organisation.

For full details of UCD Professional Academy’s Awards & Governance please visit https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/governance/

How do I get my Diploma?

Your UCD Professional Academy Diploma will be issued electronically on a secure platform, with a link that you can share with employers and others wishing to verify your credentials. You can also add this qualification to your LinkedIn profile.

What payment options are available?

A place on any of our programmes can be secured with a 10% deposit.

For part-time programmes students will be required to pay 45% of the fees before the start of the course, with the remaining balance due within 30 days of the course commencing.

Please note that standard terms and conditions apply, which you can review here: https://www.ucd.ie/professionalacademy/terms-and-conditions/

Pricing

Professional Diploma in Cybersecurity

Learn how organisations can defend themselves against cyber-attacks. Demonstrate your understanding of the key concepts of cybersecurity and information security.

Course Price

€1,500 Enrol Now

Secure your place with a 10% deposit and pay the rest in instalments.