Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity Management
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Dr Sean McSweeney, Department of Computer Science, Cork Institute of Technology, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork
ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO UPLOAD THE FOLLOWING:
1. CURRENT CV
2. SCAN/PHOTO OF DEGREE PARCHMENT (AND TRANSCRIPTS IF AVAILABLE - Note 1)
3. STATEMENT OF PURPOSE - MINIMUM 400 WORDS
Note 1: Full degree transcripts will have to be provided before a final offer is made. Transcripts can be uploaded along with the other required documents during the application process or sent as soon as possible after making an application. Applications received without the documents listed above will be rejected.
PLEASE NOTE THAT APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY THE ABOVE DOCUMENTS.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAMME
More information on this programme is available here - https://cs.cit.ie/cybermgmt
As this programme is part of an embedded award for a MSc in Cybersecurity Management please note that timetable information for semester 1 & 2 is available on the MSc programme information page.
Please view the information on these pages before emailing the programme co-ordinator for more information.
Cybersecurity managers must ensure that the risk to information assets is minimised by implementing well designed security measures. They are responsible for staying abreast of the threat landscape to prevent (and design policy to respond to) malicious actors. They implement cybersecurity management frameworks and ensure that all employees and vendors operate within these frameworks. They advise and guide their business on national, EU and international laws for dealing with personal data, credit card information, health care data and other personally identifiable information. They have governance responsibilities ensuring cyber risks are identified and quantified according to well defined metrics and implement systems that mitigate these risks.
Cybersecurity managers also need to have the digital skills in enterprise security architecture to work with teams in procuring and developing IT systems, the transversal skills to determine what risks/vulnerabilities/attacks these systems identify/detect/prevent, the management skills to be capable of prioritising cybersecurity resources and will have leadership skills in working with diverse teams. In order to perform the role required learners will undertake a series of modules designed to develop these skills.
In order to perform the role, required learners will undertake a series of modules designed to develop these skills. The programme will be delivered full time over one academic year using an innovative hybrid delivery approach that will require the student to be on campus one day a week with the rest of the learning delivered online by night using Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) state of the art e-learning platform. This hybrid model will allow students to achieve a work-life balance between work and other responsibilities. Through an agreement with employers, this delivery will allow students to undertake the programme in semi apprenticeship mode.
The MSc in Cybersecurity Management programme will prepare a broad range of graduates for roles as cybersecurity professionals with leadership responsibilities within industry. This newly developed programme is from the same expert team of lecturers and industry professionals who have delivered Ireland's leading technical MSc in Cybersecurity programme.
Cybersecurity is a high productivity growth sector and graduates of the proposed programme will contribute significantly to Irelands competitivity and economy. The graduates of this programme will also enhance the resilience of the enterprises in which the work outside this sector and thus mitigate national risk to cyber-attacks. This programme will future proof graduates with industry relevant skills in cybersecurity and will continue Cork Institute of Technologies mission to maintain Ireland as a leader of skills availability in cybersecurity by providing an alternative form of graduate to that currently offered.
The content in this programme will develop critical thinking, management and leadership skills in the learners as well as developing the learner’s knowledge and understating of cybersecurity so that these skills can be applied effectively.
Applicants who hold a Level 8 award from any discipline are eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity Management programme. Applicants who do not hold a Level 8 award but have significant industrial experience will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants will also be considered through CIT's well established RPL process.
This programme is targeted at Business, Humanities and Arts graduates who would like to move into roles with cybersecurity responsibilities. The programme is also suitable for those from technical backgrounds who would like to develop the management skills necessary to move into a leadership role in cybersecurity.
Mode of Delivery
This programme offering is a direct response to articulated industry needs and its mode of intended delivery of online access will not only increase participation in the programme but will also provide an opportunity or CPD education to adults who due to work or family commitments cannot attend full time education on campus. To ensure that the programme offered is of the highest academic standard, it has been designed and developed in line with best practice with due diligence to CITs academic quality procedures. By delivering the programme online, the programme will reduce the transaction costs associated with attending college. Travel distance from a HE no longer is a factor in determining participation. This is important in ensuring that the mission and role of CIT is advanced.
The programme is designed to run over two semesters (1 academic year duration) and the following provides an outline of the timetable over these semesters:
Security Risk and Compliance - 4hr lecture per week .
Security Architecture - 4hr lecture per week.
Security Contingency Planning - 2hr lecture per week.
Scripting for Cybersecurity or Strategic Thinking - 2hr lecture per week.
Security Management and Law - 4hr lecture per week.
Security Work Based Project - 0.5hr meeting with supervisor per week .
Communications & Cybersecurity - 2hr lecture per week.
Applied Cryptography, People Management Strategies, Fraud and Anomaly Detection or Emerging Cyber Trends - 2hr lecture per week.
Full information on semester 1 and semester 2 timetable is available via - https://cs.cit.ie/cybermgmt
The programme is intended to be delivered online, where the range of interactivity is more discursive and non-didactic in nature, especially when compared to distance learning.
Cork and Ireland is currently positioning itself as a cybersecurity centre of excellence and is home to some of the leading cybersecurity companies such as AlienVault, Cylance, eSentire, FireEye, Forcepoint, GetVisibility, IBM, VMware, Johnson Controls, Keeper Security, McAfee, McKesson, Nuix, Qualcomm, SmartTech, Solarwinds, Sonicwall, Sophos, TransUnion, Trend Micro, UTRC.
These companies currently operate across a diverse range of sectors such as banking, IoT, Telcom, engineering and automotive and require a workforce with a broad range of cybersecurity skills to contribute to various roles within their respective organisations. However, the challenge is that there is a dire shortage of cybersecurity professionals which is placing our digital economy at risk because we do not have enough skilled personnel to protect, respond and mitigate against security threats and breaches.
At present, there is 0% unemployment reported in cyber security roles worldwide, with 3.5 million unfilled jobs predicted by 2021, resulting in increasing global competition for talent and investment. Ireland’s national cyber security strategy published in Dec 2019, clearly states the urgency in addressing this critical skill shortage and places clear emphasis on the need for a ready supply of talent to ensure that our data centres which house a large proportion of Europe's data (approx. 30%), businesses (SMEs to large multinationals) and critical infrastructure are protected.
A number of companies are committed to providing work based experience in the The Work Based Project or Work-placement (10 ECTS) module will provide learners with direct exposure to the work environment and thus develop the skills necessary to perform effectively. The learners will have to submit a formal technical report detailing the skills they have acquired. A series of report writing workshops will proceed this activity in which the learners are provided with the tools and skills to produce high-quality technical and scientific documentation. It is expected this will, in many cases, lead to further employment.
See this link for more information on the timetable - https://cs.cit.ie/cybermgmt
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