May 24, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2024-2025 Credit Catalog

Cyber Security for Control Systems

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

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Are you ready to take your knowledge and experience in cyber security to the next level? The Cyber Security for Control Systems program is designed for individuals who have completed related post-secondary studies or gained work-related experience in the field.

Whether you are an IT professional or technician, an industrial control systems (ICS) specialist, or someone focused on cyber-physical systems (CPS) and IT, this program equips you with the skills to safeguard critical control systems in diverse industrial environments.

In this post-diploma certificate, you will:

  • explore the unique challenges of securing digital control systems in drilling and wellsites, power plants, power grids, water plants, manufacturing facilities, production lines, telecommunications networks and hospitals. 
  • learn how to defend systems that have transitioned from analog to digital, making them more susceptible to cyber threats and cybercrime
  • gain insights into risk management principles with universal application, essential to every industry, by enhancing control systems’ safety, reliability, security and resilience
  • learn from experienced instructors with real-world knowledge and practical insights to address the evolving landscape of cyber threats in industrial settings.

Our program is designed to accommodate professionals at different stages of their careers. Our curriculum can meet your needs whether you’re looking to upskill or pivot your career to computer security.

Master the challenges of cyber security in the industrial domain.

Traits, skills and aptitudes

You should have education and/or work experience in industrial systems (SCADA, PLCs, Instrumentation, etc.) and/or computer networking or related fields.

You understand the importance of cybersecurity and are intrigued by how critical infrastructure and operations technologies can be compromised and want to protect these assets.

People in the cyber security 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
  • high ethical standards.

To do well in this field, 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’ll participate in a capstone project to use all the techniques gained throughout the program to expose vulnerabilities in large systems specific to industrial control systems. 

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. 

Specialized intakes

International bundle program

International applicants may only apply to this program as part of a program bundle - two programs delivered consecutively.

You will complete the Cyber Security for Control post-diploma certificate in the first year of study.

In the second year of study, you will complete a Management and Leadership certificate to prepare you to lead a team through disruptive change to the working environment.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of both programs in the bundle. A combination of education and experience will be considered.

Upon completing both programs in a bundle, you may qualify for a post-graduate work permit of up to three years. If you only complete one of the programs, you may be eligible for a one-year post-graduate work permit. 

Learn more about international bundle programs >


Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll receive a SAIT Cyber Security for Control Systems post-diploma certificate.

Program length

21 weeks

Accepts international applicants - Program bundle

This program only accepts international applicants if taken as part of a program bundle - two programs taken consecutively. Find available bundles that include this program under specialized intakes in the program overview.

If you complete both programs in the bundle, you will be eligible for a post-graduation work permit for up to three years.

Find available international program bundles and details.

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)
  • Computer network and web technicians (22220)
  • Cybersecurity specialists (21220)
  • Business systems specialists (21221)
  • Information systems specialists (21222)

Admission requirements - Applicants educated in Canada

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

  • a two-year diploma or undergraduate degree in information technology, instrumentation or related technical discipline.

Three to five years of experience in information technology, instrumentation or a related technical discipline may also be accepted with approval from the program Academic Chair. A combination of education and experience will be considered.

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.

Application process

International bundle program applicants

International applicants can only apply to this program as part of a program bundle.

Once you have reviewed the admission requirements for both programs in this bundle, sign in to the application portal to begin your application.

When selecting your programs, your first choice should be the program delivered in year one. The second choice program will be the program delivered in year two.

The bundle is unavailable to domestic applicants, who may apply to the stand-alone program.

Program outline

The Cyber Security for Control Systems certificate requires 27.4 credits (10 courses) to complete.

Elective courses

Choose one of the following courses.

Many of your required courses require this elective course as a prerequisite. We recommend you complete your elective course first.


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.

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

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. Assess cyber security risk management programs to ensure adequate protection of an organization’s critical information and assets.
  2. Apply Cyber Security Industrial Control Systems (ICS) standards, frameworks, guidelines and policies.
  3. Detect attack methodologies, intrusions, or other suspicious attempts to gain unauthorized access to a system and its resources.
  4. Impart contingency operations that include administrative planning processes for incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity planning for cyber security.
  5. Communicate short- and long-term organizational cybersecurity strategies and policies to a wide range of stakeholders.
  6. Cite and comply with relevant industry and organizational codes of conduct and ethical practice.
  7. Incorporate service standards from business environment strategies into the industrial control system (ICS) environment.
  8. Design and implement risk analysis policies and procedures.

Graduate outcomes

A. Safety - awareness of safety standards relevant to the workplace.

  • Safety awareness

B. Responsible leadership - personal, ethical and respectful behaviour within the workplace and global community.

  • Teamwork and multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Self-initiative
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Global awareness
  • Sustainability

C. Communication - the exchange of information professionally and effectively.

  • Language skills
  • Interpersonal skills

D. Information literacy - the strategies used to become informed, from recognizing an information need to accessing and evaluating information and using it effectively and ethically.

  • Problem-solving and critical thinking
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Technological literacy

E. Technical knowledge, skills and abilities - technical competence specific to the discipline or industry.

  • Specialized technical skill set

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