Nov 13, 2019  
PUBLISHED 2018-2019 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2018-2019 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cyber Security for Control Systems

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Program Description

The Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate program addresses the business risks specific to securing control systems in sectors such as drilling and well sites, power plants, power grid, water plants, manufacturing, production lines, telecommunications, and hospitals. Many of these systems were previously analog-based, but are currently networked and digital, placing them at greater risk for cyber-attacks. Many of the concepts will be similar to those used to secure information in technology systems, but the training will focus on the specific constraints of securing control systems in the industrial environment. It is applicable to employees of organizations relying on technology, whether their cybersecurity focus is on information technology (IT), industrial control systems (ICS), cyber-physical systems (CPS), or connected devices more generally, including the Internet of Things (IoT). Thus, while this program is focused on graduates who can improve cybersecurity risk management in control system environments, it can be used by graduates in many organizations - regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication - to apply the principles and best practices of risk management to improve safety, reliability, security and resilience of these systems.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  • Classroom delivery
  • Applied learning environment
  • Both Part-time and Full-time delivery

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as a Cyber Security Analyst/Specialist, ICS Security Analyst/Specialist, Industrial Technologist, ICS Infrastructure Analyst, SCADA Security Technologist or an Industrial Network/Systems/Security Analyst.

Student Success

This is an intensive program requiring a commitment of both time and energy; students who experience success are those who make their education a priority throughout the program.

We find there is a direct correlation between the time and energy invested to the amount of success achieved. Learners with strong time-management and discipline have a greater propensity to succeed.

Remaining focused and diligent with coursework is important for success in completing the program.


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Cyber Security for Control Systems Post-Diploma Certificate.



Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following (or equivalent), as well as the English Proficiency requirement*:

  • Completion of a two-year diploma or undergraduate degree in an information technology, instrumentation or related technical discipline. 
  • Three to five years of experience in information technology, instrumentation or a related technical discipline would also be accepted with approval from the program Academic Chair. A combination of education and experience will be considered.

* All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will also complete a rigorous selection process including the submission of a resume and completion of a career and program investigation report. This selection process has supported strong program completion in current programs. The assumption is that because the courses are being delivered part-time, some students may not complete the full credential due to work and time commitments.

Program Outline

Total Credits 27

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