Cyber Security Fundamentals

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Cyber Security Fundamentals 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 Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate provides the fundamental knowledge required to gain entry into a career in cyber security or help you become more effective in your existing role as a manager or project leader who works with information systems security specialists.

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.

Upon completion of this program, you will meet the admission requirements for the Advanced Cyber Security Certificate. Together, these certificate programs will prepare you to earn the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation from the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)².

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.


Free Information Night at MRU

Interested in learning more about the Cyber Security Program at Mount Royal University? Join us for a free virtual information session:

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 from 6 to 7 p.m. Register now

Program details: Cyber Security Fundamentals



Online coursework and required live, online sessions   

Use York University's learning management system to access materials, participate in discussion boards and complete assignments, and attend live classes on Zoom that are held at scheduled dates and times. These instructor-facilitated courses begin and end on set dates and have specific deadlines. Access courses via a laptop or desktop computer with a functional webcam and microphone.


Complete 3 required courses (108 hours).

This program can be completed in 5 months part-time.

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



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

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.

This certificate is only available for students 18 years of age  or over with a high school diploma.

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 Fundamentals

 Fall 2021

 Start Date  End Date  Live, Online Classes
 Introduction to Cyber Security  Sept. 20, 2021  Oct. 31, 2021 Sept. 25 & 26, 2021
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 Information Security Risk Management and Governance

 Nov. 1, 2021  Dec. 12, 2021 Dec 4 & 5, 2021
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Data, Asset and Identity Protection  Jan. 10, 2022  Feb. 20, 2022 Feb. 12 & 13, 2021
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.


 Cyber Security Fundamentals

 Winter 2022

 Start Date  End Date  Live, Online  Classes
 Introduction to Cyber Security  Jan. 17, 2022  Feb. 27, 2022 Jan. 22 & 23, 2022
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Information Security Risk Management and Governance  Feb. 28, 2022  Apr. 10, 2022 Apr. 2 & 3, 2022
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 Data, Asset and Identity Protection  Apr. 11, 2022  May 22, 2022 May 14 & 15, 2022
7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Online learning

Online coursework and required live, online sessions


Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals 

Block Code Registration Required, use Block Code: CYS

Students must register in all three courses in the Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate.
Please phone Continuing Education Registration at 403.440.3833 to register.  
This certificate is only available for students 18 years of age  or over with a high school diploma.


Introduction to Cyber Security

Examine the information security knowledge framework through the lens of the CISSP domains as you develop an enhanced understanding of the eight CISSP domains and gain the fundamental information required for information security projects and the designation.


Subject code: XCYS 10001 36 hours Fee: $995
Block Code: CYS
Registration will be closed on Jan. 14, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Online Jan. 17 - Feb. 27, 2022
Live, Online Classes: Jan. 22 & Jan. 23, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. MST


Information Security Risk Management and Governance

Develop an understanding of the ethical, legal and regulatory issues surrounding cybersecurity as you learn about security principles, network fundamentals and how to apply these areas to design networks and policies for security and compliance.

Subject code: XCYS 10002 36 hours Fee: $995
Block Code: CYS Online

Feb. 28 - Apr. 10, 2022
Live, Online Classes: Apr. 2 & 3,  7 a.m. - 3 p.m. MST


Data, Asset and Identity Protection

The amount of digitized data grows in size and vulnerability daily, requiring specialized attention toward processes, protection, security and authentication. Learn how to mitigate risk and protect ownership by understanding best practices for data gathering, classification, storage, retention and protection.

Subject code: XCYS 10003 36 hours Fee: $995
Block Code: CYS Online Apr. 11 - May 22, 2022
Live, Online Classes: May 14 & 15, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. MST



Suresh Durairaj, CISSP, CISA, CIPP, ITIL, PMP
Introduction to Cyber Security , Information Security Risk Management & Governance and Data, Asset & Identity Protection

Suresh Durairaj

Suresh Durairaj is a cyber security leader and practitioner with over 20 years of rich experience. Suresh possesses 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.

mICHAEL pRIMEAU, CISSP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor
Introduction to Cyber Security and Information Security Risk Management & Governance

Michael Primeau

Michael is an IT security leader with over 20 years of experience in building information security and cyber-risk programs. He is an active member of the security community where he serves on two boards. Michael is past president/founder of (ISC)² Alberta and chair of Security Professionals Information Exchange (SPIE).

In his day job, Michael is principal consultant in Online Business Systems’ Risk, Security & Privacy practice, where he provides CISO advisory, information security, risk management consulting services and guidance to numerous companies.

Michael is a strong believer in a risk-based, business focused approach to secure information and enjoys solving complex problems, teaching, learning, public-speaking and collaboration.

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 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, it projects 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 Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate are prepared to lead teams and projects related to information security management.

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:

  • 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 Advanced Cyber Security Certificate, the Cyber Security Fundamentals 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, non-profit membership association for information security leaders. The CISSP is a globally recognized designation required for most senior cybersecurity roles.

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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403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6