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Professional Diploma in Cyber Security Defence & Operations

Professional Diploma in Cyber Security.
Study Mode
Course Duration
11 Weeks+
1 Saturday 10.00 - 1.00 p.m.)
Start/End Date
Day & Time
18.30 - 21.30
Live Online Classes
1 Class Per Week
Course Fees
To secure a place on this course a deposit of €75.00 applies. Flexible Payment Terms available - see details on page below.

Why take this course?

Gain the advantage you need to set yourself apart in the cybersecurity workforce.  A rewarding and exciting industry, excellent career progression, rising salaries, and continued growth are only some of the many benefits that a career in cyber security has to offer.

You are introduced to the core concepts and skills needed to monitor, detect, analyse and respond to internal and external security threats facing organisations. 

You will gain the skills needed to maintain and ensure security operational readiness of secure networked systems.

What will You Experience?

You will experience a programme that will provide the skills needed to protect networks, secure electronic devices, prevent attacks, ensure the privacy of your customers and build secure infrastructure.

You will experience a rich learning environment that will enable you to:

  • Understand the key concepts of information security, incident response and risk management.  
  • Investigate the requirements to ensure confidentiality integrity and availability of IS and related components.  
  • Awareness of key threats to IS and related components.  
  • Standards and compliance recommendations in defending against and responding to security incidents and threats.

Programme Modules

Principles of Systems and Network Security

  • Classify the various types of network attacks. 
  • Attackers and their tools how networks are attacked. 
  • Common Threats and Attacks.

Network Attacks: A Deeper Look

  • Use network monitoring tools to identify attacks that against network protocols and services. 
  • Observing Network Operation, traffic monitoring. 
  • Attacking the Foundation, how TCP/IP vulnerabilities enable network attacks. 
  • Attacking What We Do, how common network applications and services are vulnerable to attack. 

Protecting IT infrastructures

  • Methods to prevent malicious access to computer networks, hosts, and data. 
  • Understanding Defence, approaches to network security. 
  • Access Control as a method of protecting a network. 
  • Network Firewalls and Intrusion Prevention, how firewalls and other devices prevent network intrusions. 
  • How content filtering prevents unwanted data from entering the network. 
  • Threat Intelligence, how to locate current security threats. 

Cryptography and the Public Key Infrastructure

  • Explain the impacts of cryptography on network security monitoring. 
  • Cryptography tools to encrypt and decrypt data. 
  • Public Key Cryptography, how the public key infrastructure (PKI) supports network security.

Endpoint Security and Analysis

  • How to investigate endpoint vulnerabilities and attacks. 
  • Endpoint Protection, how to generate a malware analysis report. 
  • Endpoint Vulnerability Assessment.

Security Monitoring

  • Technologies and Protocols
  • Explain how security technologies affect security monitoring. 
  • Log Files Explain the types of log files used in security monitoring. 

Intrusion Data Analysis

  • Analyse network intrusion data to identify compromised hosts and vulnerabilities How security-related data is collected. 
  • Data preparation for intrusion data analysis. 
  • Analyse intrusion data to determine the source of an attack. 

Incident Response and Handling

  • Explain how network security incidents are handled. 
  • Apply incident response models to an intrusion event. 
  • Apply standards specified in NIST 800-61r2 to a computer security incident. 
  • Case Study - Given a set of logs, isolate a threat actor and recommend an incident response plan. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to; 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the components, concepts of information and data security including:
    • confidentiality, integrity and availability.  
  • Appraise the secure operation of common IT infrastructures and services.  
  • Classify the various types of cyber attacks and the methodologies used.  
  • Use various methods to both prevent and detect malicious access to IT infrastructures.  
  • Ensure business continuity by adhering to recommended standards of secure operations. 

Professional Diploma in Cyber Security Defence & Operations

Live Online Learning

You can now up-skill or re-skill from the comfort of your own home with an industry experienced Professional Teacher who will provide you with inspirational lectures and all support materials you need to achieve your goals.

Entry Requirements

Ideal for those who want to start a career in Cybersecurity and that includes recent Graduates or Professionals who want the knowledge and understanding of this important area.  

  • A good working knowledge of computers. 
  • Competence in spoken and written English. 

Assessment & Awards

Continuous Assessment will largely comprise of practical exercises to ensure practical application of skills acquired throughout the module. 


Professional Diploma in Cyber Security Defence & Operations
Awarded by: Dorset College

Career & Progression

The area of Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing sectors in IT.  As cybercriminals grow more sophisticated and news of major breaches reach headlines nearly daily, cybersecurity professionals are in high demand:  Roles include Cybersecurity Engineer, Cybersecurity Analyst, Information Security Analyst and many more.....

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to begin your career at entry or professional level and will also enable you to progress to professional or academic programmes of study. 

Academic routes include: 

QQI Bachelor of Science in Computing Level 7  
QQI Higher Certificate in Computing Level 6 (Exit Award)

Flexible Payment Terms

“To secure a place on this course a deposit of €75.00 applies and the remainder paid in instalments.  You have the flexibility of using our online payment facility to manage your course payments at any time, from the comfort of your own home.  Pay Online

Payment Plan

Deposit: €75.00 Secures your Place on the Course
1st Instalment:  €410.00 02/03/21
2nd Instalment: €410.00 09/04/21
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