Certificate in Cybersecurity Operations
Level 9 About NFQ
Department of Business, Humanities and Technology Castlebar
Dr. Seamus DowlingEmail Phone
Lifelong Learning Dept
GMIT Mayo Campus,
Old Westport Rd.,
Organisations implement security measures to mitigate against data loss. Risk and compliance controls implemented within an organisation often fail to protect the organisation. In such an event, cybersecurity operations attempt to respond to the incident and defend the compromised vulnerability. As well as the theoretical component of malicious compromises and vulnerable attack vectors, successful applicants will work on practical solutions to ensure secure IT infrastructure. Data analytics are a key component of providing secure operations and successful applicants will also use relevant programming platforms to visualise threat data, aiding incident response. This programme is developed in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) in Galway. The HPE Cyber Defense Center (CDC) offers world-class capabilities in operations, engineering, intelligence, and cybersecurity incident management.
The programme is offered subject to Institute validation.
Programme Learning Outcomes: On completion of the programme, the learner will have:
• expert knowledge of one or more current, incident detection and response methodologies that use state-of-the-art data collection and analytical tools
• expert knowledge of one or more current, programming languages that help collect and visualise data and inform the hardening of an organisations defenses.
• critical awareness of current problems associated with APTs and demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in cybersecurity operations to detect and respond to APT incidents.
• communicate to a range of audiences in both written and verbal media about new and emerging theories and technologies in an articulate and convincing fashion, relating to incident detection and response methodologies, programming languages and secure architecture.
• integrate knowledge of various technologies and computing principles to successfully plan and develop an incident detection and response policy
• develop new cybersecurity operational skills to a high level, involving novel and emerging techniques in programming and IT architectural security.
• analyse and document measures to detect and respond to APTs and threat actors
• design and implement applications and secure configurations that requires significant preliminary research
• initiate, lead and manage projects of significant complexity involving multidisciplinary cybersecurity operational teams
• demonstrate an understanding of the importance of continuing personal development in incident detection and response, associated programming languages and secure IT architecture
• demonstrate a critical appreciation of the design issues associated with cybersecurity operations within an organisation and the wider social context.
Candidates must hold a level 8 Bachelor (Honours) degree or equivalent in IT/Computing or cognate area
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be used as a means to gain entry to the programme, or gain exemptions in accordance with Code of Practice No. 6 (Policy and Procedures for the Recognition of Prior Learning). Prior learning can be certified or experiential, and will be assessed in accordance with the code.
The aim of this SPA is to educate IT practitioners in responding to cyber-attack incidents. It examines the tools to identify threat actors. Models and frameworks are followed to manage the response. Data analytics can use tools such as machine learning to identify anomalies in organisational IT traffic. Cybersecurity Operations involves implementing secure architecture to defend against vulnerable systems. It can be considered the stage when risk and compliance has failed. A key objective of the SPA is to provide a pathway for IT professionals to upskill in the area of cybersecurity operations. Developed in partnership with HPE, it provides the pathway for learners to pursue a L9 Masters in Cybersecurity Operations. A learner can pursue a major L9 award by subsequently completing a 60 credit L9 thesis, developing an incident response proposal for industry.
Incident Detection & Response (10 Credits)
When Risk & Compliance fails, an organization must respond to cyber incidents. All IT practitioners and security operations personnel need to have the skills to systematically neutralize a threat. These steps include identifying a threat, employing quarantine measures and implementing robust measures to mitigate against future compromises. Engineering models and frameworks such as Mitre ATT&CK are explored as a means of analysing organisational data, identifying mitigating threats.
Programming for Data Analytics (10 Credits)
Incident detection identifies threat actors operating within an organization’s IT infrastructure. Using data analytic tools and machine learning, IT security personnel can forensically examine and identify anomalous activity, potentially being a malicious threat. Coding is an integral part of designing bespoke analytical tools and this module explores the programming languages necessary for data interpretation and visualisation.
Secure Operations (10 Credits)
An organization endeavours to secure its IT architecture against threats. Vulnerability management ensures elements of this architecture are configured and secured correctly. Implementing robust defences is the best method to mitigate against these threats. Preparedness for an incident is as important as incident response.
This programme will be delivered fully online.
Graduate Studies & Professional Development
GMIT Mayo Campus,
Old Westport Rd.,
NOTE: The course is now closed for applications. GMIT has applied for it to be funded again in 2021.. If the application is successful the course will reopen for application on www.springboardcourses.ie in May/ June.