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PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Security Analyst

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Program Description

Graduates of the Information Security program will develop skills to identify and interpret information security threats and risks in a business context. They can adapt industry standard frameworks to propose practical solutions to mitigate risks. Graduates will learn to investigate cybersecurity events or crimes related to IT systems, networks and digital assets.  They will learn to review, analyze and evaluate incoming cybersecurity threats that impact strategy and operations.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  • Blended delivery (classroom or online)
  • Applied learning environment
  • Part-time delivery

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

The Information Security Analyst program was developed to meet the needs of working professionals who want to specialize in this exciting field.  As the program is being offered via part-time and distance delivery, it is expected that students will provide their own laptop.  Classes will be scheduled into e-learning labs with power outlets.  Wifi access is available to connect to the network and internet.  Laptop specs should meet the following minimum requirements:  i5 or i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB storage.  It may be necessary to subscribe to some specialized software for certain courses.

Your Career

There is a global shortage in the supply of qualified cybersecurity workers that is expected to continue over the next several years.

Half of all cybersecurity job openings remain unfilled for 3 months or more, most commonly due to a lack of qualified applicants.

In Canada, job seeker interest in cybersecurity roles meets only two-thirds of employer demand. There are not enough applicants for the posted jobs.

There are growing opportunities in Alberta for IT professionals to find jobs in:

  • Public Administration
  • Health Care
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Oil and Gas
  • Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain
  • Transportation

In North America, 68% of professionals reported a shortage of information security workers in their departments in 2017, and the majority believe it is due to a lack of qualified workers.

Globally, the cyber workforce is expanding across both Goods-Producing and Service sectors. The strongest sectors for expansion in cybersecurity workers (reported as a % increase in cyber workforce) are:

  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Energy

All of these industries will require information security resources to protect their digital property. SAIT graduates of the Information Security Analyst post-diploma certificate will be given the opportunity to specialize in information security and enhance their current skills.   

Student Success

This program requires 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.

Credentials and Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Information Security Analyst Post-Diploma Certificate.

Professional Designations and Certifications

SAIT is a registered participant in the IBM Skills Academy program, and IBM Skills Academy credentials are widely valued and recognized by the global IT industry.  To earn IBM Skills Academy Badges, students must belong to an institution or organization that has partnered with IBM.  Students of the Information Security Analyst program at SAIT are thus eligible to enroll in and attain IBM Skills Academy Badges through IBM. 

Additionally, upon completion of the Data and Network Security Intelligence (ITSC 405) and Web and Application Security (ITSC 407) courses within the Information Security Analyst program, students may challenge the exams for IBM’s Security Intelligence Engineer and Application Security Engineer Badges respectively.  This applies to badges at both the Explorer and Mastery level.

Students who obtain IBM Skills Academy Badges may use such designations to bolster their resumes and online professional presence.  As such, students of the Information Security Analyst program at SAIT will benefit from the opportunity to increase their competitiveness in the global IT industry.


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following or equivalent:

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree or diploma from a recognized university, institute, or college.
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered, and is subject to approval by the Academic Chair.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Total Credits 27

Program Outcomes

  1. Analyze and assess key security risks.
  2. Interpret and communicate security threat impacts on business.
  3. Achieve the technical skills to identify and interpret cyber incidents/events.
  4. Identify, analyze and mitigate threats to internal IT systems and networks.
  5. Secure organizational web presence through analysis and threat monitoring.
  6. Work within industry standard governance and compliance frameworks.
  7. Interpret business security needs within a global environment.

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