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Cybersecurity Analyst Program Focus HTC

Brief Program Description

Today we are living in a heavily technologically reliant world in which our society has become increasingly dependent on networked devices, smartphones, and the Internet. From running businesses, accessing government services, to interacting with our family and friends, these technologies, in addition to Cloud-based networks, have become an integral part of our daily lives. On one hand there lies the significant value in it in terms of improved quality of life. On the other hand, this increased technological reliance creates vulnerabilities and poses serious challenges to our privacy and security including personal and financial information, intellectual property, government systems, and trade and industry secrets, to name but a few. Hence, there is a pressing need to plan, devise, and implement effective cybersecurity strategies to secure individuals, governments, and businesses against cyberthreats and cyberattacks.

The Cybersecurity Analyst program is designed to equip students with the necessary skills, practical competencies, and knowledge required for securing digital devices, computer networks, software, and cloud-based systems. The program aims at developing cybersecurity skills to detect, protect against, respond to, and recover from cyberattacks. The program will introduce students to the principles of cybersecurity, explore emerging technologies, examine security threats and protective measures, and investigate high-skill and high-demand career opportunities required for a successful career in the field of cybersecurity. The program will also help students prepare for certification examinations including CompTIA A+, Net+, Security+, CySA+, PenTest+, and CCNA. The completion of the in-class courses is followed by a six-week practicum to gain real-world hands-on experience in the field of cybersecurity.

Career Occupation

This industry-leading cybersecurity program will qualify graduates for careers including:

  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Information security analyst
  • Cybersecurity advisor
  • Security consultant
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Network security specialist
  • Network administrator

Admission Requirements

The students must meet the following criteria to be accepted into the Cybersecurity Analyst program:

  • Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent qualification or Mature Student Status*.
  • If English is not the student’s first language, they are required to have an IELTS level 6.0 OR equivalent (in the case of other testing standards) score to be admitted to the program. If upon starting the program, their language proficiency proves to be significantly lower than the criteria mentioned, they will be required to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course at Focus College before being able to continue with their program studies.

*(19 years of age upon starting the program and qualify the college’s admission test)

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the successful students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Understand and enumerate both the privacy and security issues involved with providing secure computer networks and Cloud-based systems
  • Demonstrate the fundamentals of secure network design and management
  • Configure, install, and upgrade computer hardware, operating systems, and application software
  • Identify vulnerabilities in applications, websites, networks, operating systems, and configurations using tools and techniques
  • Provide troubleshooting and technical support to end-users experiencing problems related to hardware, software, networks, and other privileges
  • Implement security design principles and apply security policies used in modern operating systems
  • Analyze the security of a basic security system for business processes and applications
  • Analyze underlying cryptography required for secure communications, authorization, and authentication
  • Design, configure, manage, secure, and troubleshoot networks, operating systems, and applications
  • Evaluate the performance and efficiency of and troubleshoot computer networks, operating systems, hardware, and application software

Method(s) of Evaluation

In the Cybersecurity Analyst program, learners will be assessed through both formative and summative methods and a blend of continuous Unit assessment and Graded Unit assessments. Each course (unit) has an assessment that the candidate is required to pass. The allocation of grades awarded are as follows:

  • Grade A – Student has achieved 70% or above marks
  • Grade B – Student has achieved marks between 60% and 69%
  • Grade C – Student has achieved marks between 50% and 59%
  • F (Fail) – Student has achieved less than 50% marks

Completion Requirements

To graduate, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of all courses with a minimum 50% (C grade) in each course
  • Successful completion of the Practicum
  • Successful completion of all assignments and tasks required in the Career and Professional Skills course

Program Duration

Duration of the program is 52 weeks (full-time), and the total instructional hours are 1,056.

Homework Hours

Approximately 10-15 hours/week of homework is required from students to be successful in this fast-paced and intensive program.

Delivery Method(s)

The program is delivered through the following delivery models:

  •   In-class instruction
  •   Distance education
  •   Combined delivery (both in-class and distance)

Required course materials

Various textbooks/reference books and other online educational materials will be provided. Please see the course outline forms for individual course books/materials.

Program Organization

The following table shows the titles of the courses in this program in the order they are provided, and the hours of instruction allotted to each course.

Title of Course/Work Experience Component * Number of Hours*
Computer Systems Fundamentals  48
Programming Languages  48
PC Maintenance: Hardware  48
PC Maintenance: Software  48
Introduction to Computer Network  48
Windows Client OS Configuration  48
Windows Devices Configuration  48
Windows Server Configuration  48
Linux Essentials and Shell Scripting  48
Windows PowerShell  48
Internet Protocols Fundamentals  48
Cisco Networking: Routing and Switching  48
Networking with Windows Server  48
Securing Windows Server  48
Cybersecurity Fundamentals  48
Introduction to Cryptography  48
Penetration Testing  48
Ethical Hacking  48
Cybersecurity Analysis  48
Digital Forensics  48
Communication Skills  48
Career Development Planning  48
Practicum: Full-time (Six Weeks) 240
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Focus College response to Covid-19

Updated March 16, 2020

Due to the current pandemic and the desire to protect the health of our students, Focus College is taking measures which incorporate social isolation.

For current students:

We are suspending our Advanced Diploma and Office Manager courses for the week of March 16-20th, to allow for temporary distance learning to be set up. If any students do not have access to a computer from home, we request that they notify the college immediately. Further information on how courses will be delivered will be available as the week goes on. Please monitor your student email for further information throughout the week.


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