Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity (Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity)

Chevron College (PDC)
Key Programme Details
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Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity

NFQ Level

Level 9 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

60

General Information
Contact

Marie Devereux

Email

marie@chevrontraining.ie

Phone

01 6855 300

Address

Chevron College
Anne Street
Wexford

Important Dates
Application Deadline

08/08/2022

Start Date

03/10/2022

End Date

11/08/2023

About this Course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity will enable learners to acquire the skills which are highly sought after by recruiting employers. With a recognised shortage of suitably qualified professionals in this market, there is an urgent demand amongst employers to obtain the requisite skills to overcome this imminent challenge. This programme, which draws together two themes of cyber security and user experience will provide learners with the necessary technical knowledge, skills and competence to obtain employment in this growing sector.

Entry Requirements

We require applicants to hold an undergraduate degree with a classification of 2:2 or above in computing or a 2:1 or above in a relevant non-computing discipline, such as mathematics, statistics or engineering. Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 degree but who have significant industry experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

Long Description

Programme Modules:

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
Cover a range of governance and management topics which will enable you to determine, establish and maintain appropriate governance, delivery and creation of cybersecurity solutions for information, systems and network security. Understand the underlying technologies of secure systems and gain a critical awareness of the inherent risks and related privacy issues of their use in the cybersecurity environment by applying concepts such as the principles of least privilege, separation of risk, defence in depth and secrecy. Learn to analyse the range of trade-offs in balancing the security properties of confidentiality, integrity and availability (CIA) and the usability demands of computer and information systems. Learn how to select the appropriate tools and techniques to address and manage concepts of risk, threats, vulnerabilities and potential attacks. Explain, apply and evaluate the concepts of trust and trustworthiness in a cybersecurity context and apply the issues associated with authentication, authorisation and access control.

Technology Management for Organisations
Learn to apply the principles, policies and procedures of cybersecurity and data science to provide resilient and robust organisational solutions for secure and valuable information. Develop techniques and use tools that will enable you to undertake critical analysis of the challenges and opportunities of using cybersecurity to mitigate and manage risk to data and enable business continuity in the case of data breaches. Develop a critical understanding of governance, standards, audit, assurance and review in order to evaluate the challenges in managing technology.

Cyber Resilience and Incident Response
Consider cybersecurity in design and development using the concepts of secure design across a range of platforms and problem areas. Study applied cryptography, secure programming and defensive programming. Gain the knowledge and skills to undertake first-response in cyber breach and associated incidents. Evaluate effective measures for securing evidential content in the wake of an event, technical issues relating to breaches, factors for mitigating risk, the impact this may have on the organisation and those directly affected by breach data loss in a legal context. Acquire the technical knowledge and skills to respond to breaches and implement proactive measures to potentially prevent their occurrence.

Cybersecurity and User Experience Design
Study the two themes of cybersecurity and usability in software design. Learn to understand the trade-offs and challenges these themes present. Research challenges in the areas of usable security through a survey of past and recent research in usable cybersecurity. Examine the nature of usability and the user experience, as it applies to cybersecurity, the impact of user psychology, user models, usage contents and usability evaluation techniques.

Assessment is 100% coursework-based with no exams. Methods include written reports and practical assignments, designed to evaluate participants' professional and practical development journey.

Employer Engagement
When developing this programme in conjunction with the University of Sunderland, Chevron analysed the 605 Cyber Security roles advertised in Ireland and engaged with a cross-sectoral sample of employers, including: Hewlett Packard, State Street, Mater Hospital, Permanent TSB, TikTok, Dell, Teamworx, Avanade, Abbott, Jaguar Land Rover, Nielsen, Salesforce, Novartis, Arkphire, PepsiCo, Mastercard, JP Morgan, Grant Thornton and Zurich.
The module content has been developed to meet the requirements of employers as outlined in their job specifications and information sourced from follow-on engagements with them.

Demographic Demand
Of the 605 cyber security roles advertised, 30.5% of vacancies (184 jobs) were outside the main urban centres of Dublin and Cork, demonstrating a significant demand both at a regional and national level. Therefore, from our extensive engagement with regional stakeholders (including recruitment agencies) Chevron is confident that there is sufficient demand throughout the country to run course successfully.

Target Cohorts
Chevron has established appropriate target cohorts through our engagement with employers which were advertising Cyber Security positions nationwide. Due to the severe labour market shortages in this area, a range of these employers have developed and implemented tailored onboarding and integration programmes for both unemployed and returners to work.

Recruitment
Chevron has developed a recruitment strategy for our target cohorts Unemployed, Returners to Work and Employed.
We will utilise the following to source learners for this programme: Advertising in IT Industry publications, Targeted Facebook Groups, LinkedIn Groups and Boolean searches, Parenting Websites and Magazines, Recruitment Agencies, Jobpath providers, Career Guidance Counsellors, paid Social Media Marketing, Google Adwords, Advertising on online job boards such as Indeed, Women Returners Ireland, Education & Training Boards, Women Reboot, Back to Work Connect, Careerreturners.ie, Local Employment Services and Intreo.

Why Choose This Course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity will enable learners to acquire the skills which are highly sought after by recruiting employers. With a recognised shortage of suitably qualified professionals in this market, there is an urgent demand amongst employers to obtain the requisite skills to overcome this imminent challenge. This programme, which draws together two themes of cyber security and user experience will provide learners with the necessary technical knowledge, skills and competence to obtain employment in this growing sector.

Career Opportunities

Advance your career in a wide range of roles, including: information security manager, security analyst, security architect, security administrator, incident responder, security engineer, security auditor, security software developer and vulnerability assessor.

Timetable Info

Start date: October 3rd 2022

Live Zoom webinars (7pm-9pm every Tuesday and Thursday)

5 interactive group sessions (Saturdays)

Delivery Notes

The informative live webinars (7pm-9pm every Tuesday and Thursday) will aim to develop participants' ability to understand the underlying technologies of secure systems and gain a critical awareness of the inherent risks and related privacy issues and their use in the cybersecurity environment. Participants will attend 5 interactive group sessions (Saturdays). These sessions facilitate discussion and debate and promote the transference of skills and knowledge into the workplace, with guest lectures contributing to these important workshop sessions.

In addition, guest speakers, study advisers, employment support and master classes engage participants in activities that contribute directly to improving their career prospects.