May 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Information Systems Security

Location(s): In Person (Main Campus), Blended (Main Campus & Online)

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Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge needed to become a proficient computer systems security professional.

In today’s digitally connected world, computer and system security is paramount. Cyber threats lurk around every corner, posing risks to individuals, businesses and nations. It’s crucial to have experts who can safeguard data and systems from potential cyberattacks.

Our Information Systems Security program is designed to empower you with the practical skills and understanding you need to thrive in this evolving computer and information technology field. Over two years, you will dive into a comprehensive curriculum that covers programming, operating systems, networking and strategic thinking.

In this program, you will gain:

  • hands-on learning experience through real-world applications of defensive and offensive security technologies
  • a strong foundation in networking, tool construction, and operating systems, setting the stage for your success in the field
  • industry-relevant skills and expertise needed to protect data and systems in an increasingly interconnected world
  • an understanding of the pivotal role computer security plays in safeguarding data and organizations.

Prepare for a rewarding career in computer systems security, where your expertise will be in high demand.

Whether you are interested in a role as a cybersecurity consultant, network security, systems analyst or information security manager, our Information Systems Security program will provide you with the fundamental tools and knowledge to excel. Your future in this critical field starts here.

Traits, skills and aptitudes

People working in the cyber security analysis field tend to be innovative, objective and directive.

You need:

  • analytical skills
  • speaking and writing skills
  • an inquiring and inventive mind
  • an eye for details
  • patience and an organized approach to troubleshooting
  • decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • math and science skills
  • teaching skills
  • time-management skills.

You should enjoy being innovative, working with others or independently and doing your work with precision. 

Practicum, co-op and work integrated learning opportunities

You can participate in an optional co-op work term between your first and second year, where you can apply what you’ve learned in a work environment and build relationships with a potential employer.

In your second year, you’ll also participate in a capstone project where you’ll investigate issues across several different areas and propose a solution.

Accreditations, designations or certifications

Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared with the knowledge to challenge the Security+ and Comp Tia+ exams and earn your certifications. 


Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll be awarded a SAIT Information Systems Security diploma.

Program length

2 years

Accepts international applicants - PGWP-eligible

This program accepts international applicants and meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, as long as the student is registered in on-campus classes or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for blended options). 

International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies. 

Not eligible for CAJG

This program is not eligible for the Canada Alberta Job Grant

Related careers

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Potential careers (NOC):

  • Computer and information systems managers (20012)
  • Data scientists (21211)
  • Cybersecurity specialists (21220)
  • Business systems specialists (21221)
  • Information systems specialists (21222)
  • Web designers (21233)
  • Computer network and web technicians (22220)
  • User support technicians (22221)
  • Information systems testing technicians (22222)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

Applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • at least 65% in Math 30-1 or 70% in Math 30-2, and 
  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 65% in English Language Arts 30-2.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

Admission requirements - Applicants educated outside of Canada

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find accepted educational documents and assessment options

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

Program outline

The Information Systems Security diploma requires 60 credits (20 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

Optional courses

Suggested schedule of study


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure > 

Books and supplies

Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a power-user hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Your textbooks will be discussed in class. You will not need to purchase them ahead of time.

Required equipment/tools

You’ll require an:

  • Electronic kit
  • Wireless access point
  • Sensor kit
  • Computer network port or network dongle
  • Cloud computing services subscription (approximately $800 - $1,200 per year.)

Please wait for your instructors to provide further direction before purchasing equipment.

Advanced Digital Technology program advising

For any questions or to set up an advising appointment, please contact our School for Advanced Digital Technology.

Phone: 403.284.8543

Program outcomes

  1. Analyze existing systems for vulnerabilities.
  2. Design exploits to expose vulnerabilities in systems.
  3. Analyze data for exceptions to normal operations.
  4. Deploy a vulnerability response system.
  5. Implement data security systems.
  6. Exercise appropriate legal practices and ethical codes of conduct.
  7. Analyze risks, costs and benefits associated with the security of business processes.
  8. Expose security deficiencies through the use of social engineering.
  9. Demonstrate effective oral, written and presentation skills.

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