Diploma in Cybersecurity

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Diploma in Cybersecurity | Dublin Business School  

Overview

Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems such as networks, devices, programs, and data from cyber-attacks or unauthorised access. The World Economic Forum lists cyber-attacks as 5th in the top 10 global risks and this can affect an individual’s business or work in a number of ways. Cybersecurity is therefore used by individuals and businesses to protect against unauthorised access to data centres and computerised systems. The Professional Diploma in Cybersecurity looks at the four main areas of security: Web, Systems, Communications and Software: Secure Web; Secure Systems; Secure Communications; Secure Software. Learners will understand the fundamentals of cybersecurity with hands-on practical experience of key areas. This programme is specifically designed to give learners the knowledge and skills to implement changes that have tangible benefit to their respective companies and also give them the confidence required to communicate the importance of cybersecurity within an organisation to non-technical people. This programme has been designed for learners with non-cognate backgrounds and no technical knowledge or those with cognate background but lacking technical skills and knowledge.

DBS is an active member of the national cybersecurity cluster, Cyber Ireland, which has over 130 members invested into the cybersecurity ecosystem, including UCD, McAfee, Accenture, IBM, Hewlett Packard and Ergo. As a member, the College has been provided with regular access to a number of events, research materials and industry liaisons informing the College in the development of this programme as well as cybersecurity modules on existing taught programmes.



Programme Aims and Objectives

 

Aims
This programme aims to immerse learners into the area of Cybersecurity with a view to enabling them to be able to act on the real threats that face companies in today’s business environment.

Objectives 

  • Provide learners with an understanding of the threats posed to websites including session hijacking, secure authentication and SQL injection attacks.

  • Equip learners to do full penetration testing on their systems.

  • Introduce learners to the area of cryptography by using public-key (asymmetric) encryption to do secure communication.

  • Understand the risks posed by unsecure software, looking at some of the threats posed by common vulnerabilities including buffer overflow, heap overflow and stack overflow.


Timetable

Click here to view provisional timetable

Assessment

To successfully complete the programme the learners will be assessed through 3 separate individual assessments. These practical assessments will enable the students to apply the topics covered as part of the programme. The overall grade will be weighted as follows:

  • Demonstrate how an SQL injection attack is performed and demonstrate at least one way to protect against an SQL injection scenario. (40%)

  • Use scripts to demonstrate the steps involved in generating public-keys for asymmetric cryptography. (30%)

  • Using penetration testing tools shown in class to demonstrate a security threat of their choice and measures to prevent it. (30%)

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

The lecturing team consists of a team of staff that combine both academic qualifications with substantial practical experience, and this practical perspective is reflected in the delivery of the course. The diploma is broken into 4 areas: secure web, secure communications, secure systems and secure software. Some of the key subject areas are the following:

Secure Web

Websites are a vital part of business in today’s world. They are also a major threat factor when securing your business. As part of this topic, we will look at the various threats that exist including session hijacking, secure authentication using JSON Web Tokens (JWT), HTTPS over HTTP and SQL Injection attacks.

Secure Systems

A company’s website and email server are not the only entry point to their systems. It is not uncommon for companies to leave open ports, either intentionally when using third party services or unintentionally when installing or configuring new software. Penetration Testing is the practice of testing a computer system, network or web application to find security vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit. Here will examine all of steps involved in the process: Planning and reconnaissance, Scanning, Gaining, Access, Maintaining access and Analysis.

In addition, we will simulate how MAC Flooding with ARP Spoofing attack works and how to protect against it.

Secure Communications

A company email format is rarely secret. Their domain addresses are normally listed on their website. This leads various attempts to access systems using email phishing techniques. We will look at how email phishing works and how to protect against it.

This section will also look asymmetric (public-key) cryptography and how it can be used in secure communications.

Secure Software

Many businesses today rely on custom built software that will be installed internally on their systems. Using third party software to scan for potential threats is one part of the process, but here we dig a little deeper to look at some common software vulnerabilities including: buffer overflow, heap overflow and stack overflow. 

Structure

The key subject areas are delivered over 12 weeks with project assignment. Each week will consist of a number of different activities which incorporate classroom, live discussion forums and Moodle resources. Students will understand the fundamentals of cybersecurity with hands-on practical experience of key areas. This course aims to provide students with an ability to implement changes that have tangible benefit to their respective companies and also give them the confidence required to communicate the importance of cybersecurity within an organisation to non-technical people

Timetable

Click here to view provisional timetable

Career Opportunities

The Professional Diploma in Cybersecurity is designed to address the capacity issue of skilled cybersecurity experts within industry.  On completion of this programme students will have domain specific knowledge along with the soft skills required to work productively in the ICT sector, across a range of areas including software, cybersecurity, data analytics and more.

Student Profile

Typically, students participating on this programme are from a variety of backgrounds from those starting out in the business world to managers or those advising such businesses, who need to understand what cybercrime and cybersecurity can mean for business. It is also beneficial to those who are not employed directly in ICT related roles but who are responsible for protecting business from cyber-attacks and who want to improve their understanding of cybersecurity solutions appropriate in their company.

Fees

The fee for the Diploma in Cybersecurity is €1,500. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

Visit Us

Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

DBS Student Facilities

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

  • Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 

  • DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  

  • DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills. 

  • Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 

  • Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Categories:
  • Information Technology
  • Part-Time
  • Professional Evening Diplomas

Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2020

Certification: 
Dublin Business School

Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: October & February 
Duration: 12 weeks (part-time)

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm