Advanced Cyber Security



Advanced Cyber Security Certificate

In partnership with York University's School of Continuing Studies, Mount Royal is pleased to offer two stackable certificate programs designed to deepen your understanding of cyber security topics, strengthen your skills as an IT manager or project lead and prepare you to advance your career in cyber security.



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The Advanced Cyber Security Certificate is ideal for aspiring information systems security specialists. In this program, you will build on the foundational knowledge gained in the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate and develop a more thorough understanding of the eight knowledge areas required for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)².

You will develop the critical, cross-functional skills and knowledge that employers value most. This includes ethical responsibility and enhancing skills in problem-solving and verbal communication.

To register directly in the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate, you must either complete the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate first or hold the CISSP designation. Special exceptions may be granted upon review and approval by program administration.

The program is also designed for students to start and progress through the courses in order as a group, a format that will help you form connections with your peers and colleagues.



Program details: Advanced Cyber Security


Fully online until further notice

Live, online class requirements: You will use Zoom to participate in this live, online class. You will need to access the class through a laptop or desktop computer that has a functional webcam and microphone. A reliable Internet connection is required. 


Complete 3 required courses (108 hours).

This program can be completed in 5 months.


The listed course hours indicate the estimated time to attend the on-campus sessions and complete the online learning units - your actual time spent completing assignments may vary.


Students must register in all three courses in the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate. Use Block Code: CYSADV

Registration can be completed by calling 403.440.3833 or 1.877.287.8001.

Courses in this program must be taken in the order they are listed.

Please Note: Students are required to complete the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate before registering in the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate.

Blackboard & MyMRU Email - Course communication & information

MRU uses Blackboard for the Cyber Security Programs, to distribute instructions, course announcements, program & course information, textbook info, etc. Students should log into Blackboard upon registration, to access important information and instructions in preparation for their courses. You will be required to first activate your to access Blackboard and your MyMRU student email.

Students are required to use their Mount Royal University student email account for course correspondence with program staff.


 Cyber Security Spring/Summer 2021  Start Date  End Date  Live, Online   Classes
 Engineering for Information Security  May 25, 2021  July 4, 2021  June 26 & 27, 2021
 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Cyber Security Operations Management  July 5, 2021  Aug. 15, 2021  Aug. 7 & 8, 2021
 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Security Assessment and Testing  Aug. 16, 2021  Sept. 26, 2021  Sept. 18  & 19, 2021
 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.


 Cyber Security Fall 2021  Start Date  End Date  Live, Online   Classes
 Engineering for Information Security  Sept. 7, 2021  Oct. 17, 2021  Oct. 2 & 3, 2021
 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Cyber Security Operations Management  Oct. 18, 2021  Nov. 28, 2021  Nov. 20 & 21, 2021
 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Security Assessment and Testing  Jan. 10, 2022  Feb. 20, 2022  Feb. 12 & 13, 2022
 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.



Advanced Cyber Security Certificate 

Block Code Registration Required, use Block Code: CYSADV

Students must register in all three courses in the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate. 

Registration can be completed by calling 403.440.3833 or  1.877.287. 8001.


Engineering for Information Security

Security engineering requires an understanding of security models, secure design principles and the ability to assess a variety of systems for vulnerabilities. Students will learn these fundamental concepts as well as information on selecting controls and countermeasures, and the application of cryptography.

Subject code: XCYS 10004 36 hours. Fee: $1045
Block code:  CYSADV Online Sept. 7 - Oct. 17, 2021
Live, Online Classes: Oct. 2 & 3,  7 a.m. - 3 p.m. MST

Cyber Security Operations Management

Effective leadership in the field of information security requires an elevated understanding of security operations concepts and how to apply these in real-world situations. Discover how to apply concepts, from best practices in vendor procurement, through to investigations and preventative measures, resource management, disaster recovery and business continuity.

Subject code: XCYS 10005 36 hours. Fee: $1045
Block code: CYSADV Online Oct. 18 - Nov. 28
Live, Online Classes: Nov. 20 & 21, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. MST


Security Assessment and Testing

The development, evaluation and validation of assessment processes is integral to securing system infrastructure and detecting vulnerabilities. Develop an in-depth understanding of the techniques and industry standards for assessment validation, continuity, analysis, reporting and facilitating audits.

Subject code: XCYS 10006 36 hours. Fee: $1045
Block Code: CYSADV
Online Jan. 10 - Feb. 20, 2022
Live, Online Classes: Feb. 12 & 13, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. MST


Suresh Durairaj, CISSP, CISA, CIPP, ITIL, PMP

Engineering for Information Security
, Cyber Security Operations Management and Security Assessment & Testing

Suresh Durairaj Suresh Durairaj is a cyber security leader and practitioner with over 20 years of rich experience. Suresh possess extensive knowledge in the areas of cyber security, with specialization in security strategy, security architecture and security operations in both information technology and operational technology domains. Suresh's experience varies from working as a developer building encryption products, providing security consulting and CISO advisory for Fortune 500 companies and held security leadership roles in the industry.


Suresh has worked across different industry verticals, namely oil & gas, finance, banking, retail, telecommunication and manufacturing. He has been recognized for successfully establishing information security culture across an organization and managing a global team of security professionals across North America, South America, Asia and Europe.


Suresh holds an engineering degree in Electronic and Instrumentation, along with industry recognized designations like CISSP, CISA, CIPP, ITIL, PMP.

Instructors listed here teach the two-day on-campus sessions held at MRU.

Online instructors are listed on the York University Continuing Studies site.

This certificate is designed around the (ISC)² CISSP certification. The required textbook for this course is the Official (ISC) ² Guide to the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK), Fifth Edition (ISBN-13: 978-1119423348, ISBN-10: 1119423341).

Purchase this book online

Students are required to come prepared with a fully charged laptop for the onsite classes. There are no software requirements for the laptops.

Who should take this program?

  • Professionals seeking their CISSP designation
  • Individuals who want to specialize in cyber security regardless of undergraduate major or industry background
  • Recent graduates of programs in information technology, software engineering, computer science, or database administration programs, seeking to focus their IT careers
  • Project, team and department leaders who require cyber security knowledge to lead their team more effectively
  • Managers, administrators and executives who are seeking to master new information security responsibilities

What do I need to know before I start?

Although it is not required to have an IT background to enter the program, an understanding of basic technology concepts is beneficial. To be successful in the program, participants need knowledge of the following:

  • hardware
  • software
  • networking concepts such as the client-server models (LAN, WAN, MAN, Internet vs. Intranet)
  • network topologies
  • wireless networking
  • the OSI model

Registered students will have access to a free, self-paced, online refresher course covering these topics when they login to the start of the Introduction to Cyber Security course.


Why should I take MRU's Cyber Security certificates instead of programs offered by other organizations?

  • Quality of instruction - Our expert instructors are experienced in the field of cyber security and are certified by (ISC)².
  • Innovation - We're the first university in Alberta to offer a non-credit program to prepare for the CISSP designation.
  • Proven track record - Our cyber security programs are offered in partnership with York University's School of Continuing Studies, which has been offering these programs since 2015.

What does the field of cyber security encompass?

Cyber security refers to the protection of digital environments and assets from internal and external threats and the guarding of intellectual property. The field of cyber security includes industry risk management, engineering, communications, identity protection, assessing and testing, operations, and software development.

How long will it take to complete this program?

The Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate takes just five months to complete. If you choose to continue on to the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate right away, you can be prepared to write the CISSP exam in as little as 10 months.

What is the likelihood that I will receive employment in this field once I complete the certificate program?

Very likely. According to a recent Deloitte study, Canadian companies will be hiring more than 8,000 new cyber security experts over the next two years. This same report predicts that the demand for cyber security professionals is growing by seven percent every year. Furthermore, they project that the availability of home-grown talent will not be sufficient to meet these hiring requirements. So if you're qualified, you'll most likely get a job.

What's the salary range for roles in cyber security?

According to the Government of Canada's Job Bank, the average hourly rate being paid for cyber security services is between $60 and $98 per hour.

As one of the world's fastest-growing technology fields, many experts see the cyber security job market doubling in the next five years - which means there will be a critical need for qualified individuals. Graduates of the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate are prepared for senior-level cyber security roles.

Interested in learning more about the cyber security job market? Visit Cyberseek for up to date information on roles, education and opportunities across North America.
For a cyber security career in these positions: These are the qualifications often required:
  • IT manager
  • project manager
  • project consultant
Post-secondary education, such as:

  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in an IT-related field
  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in an unrelated field
  • Internationally educated professional: 90-credit degree in an IT-related field


  • Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate
  • 2 years+ of work experience
  • computer security specialist
  • information security manager
  • senior security analyst
Post-secondary education, such as one of the following:

  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in an IT-related field
  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in an unrelated field
  • Internationally educated professional: 90-credit degree in an IT-related field


  • Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate
  • Advanced Cyber Security Certificate
  • 4 years+ of work experience
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation

Earn your CISSP designation, faster

Along with the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate, the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate is designed to heighten your understanding of the CISSP body of knowledge and prepare you to take and pass the (ISC)² CISSP exam. (ISC)² is an international, nonprofit membership association for information security leaders. The CISSP is a globally recognized designation required for most senior cybersecurity roles.

This program is scheduled to align with CISSP examination dates, allowing you to write the exam in a timely manner after completing this program. Those interested in progressing to the CISSP exam will need to meet experience requirements as required by (ISC)². Learn more about CISSP designation requirements.

Our partner - York University

The York University School of Continuing Studies provides meaningful continuing education opportunities which combine theory with practical application. Our programs are designed to develop well-rounded professionals that employers value, with both the deep discipline-based knowledge and the broad cross-functional skills required to communicate and be effective within a multidisciplinary team. With innovative programs designed to prepare graduates to thrive in emerging careers, York University is preparing Canada's labour force for the future of work.


Scholarship Opportunity

The Alberta Women's Science Network (AWSN) is offering up to 10 scholarships (value $3000 each) to students and professionals who are enrolled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. We have confirmed that students in MRU's cyber security certificates are eligible to apply under the second criteria listed below. Applications open on May 3, 2021 and close on June 30, 2021.

The scholarship is open to
  • STEM students: applicant is going into the 3rd to final year of an undergraduate program in STEM in Alberta.
  • STEM re-engagers: applicant has a career gap (2+ years) and is re-engaging into a STEM program in Alberta to learn or upgrade skills.
For more information about the scholarship, a more detailed program guide and a printable application form, visit the Scholarship Program webpage.


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For information about this program:
403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6