Cyber Security Fundamentals



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 cybersecurity topics, strengthen your skills as an IT manager or project lead and prepare you to advance your career in cybersecurity.

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The Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate provides the fundamental knowledge required to gain entry into a career in cybersecurity 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.


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Program details: Cyber Security Fundamentals



Fully online until further notice



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 Cyber Security Fundamentals Certificate. Registration can be completed by calling 403.440.6861 or 1.888.392.3655.

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 Summer 2020

Online Start Date

Online End Date

Online Classes

Introduction to Cyber Security

May 4, 2020

June 14, 2020

May 9 & 10, 2020

Security Risk Management and Governance

June 15, 2020

July 26, 2020

July 18 & 19, 2020

Data, Asset and Identity Protection

July 27, 2020

Sept. 6, 2020

Aug. 29 & 30, 2020


Cyber Security Fall 2020

Online Start Date

Online End Date

Online Classes

Introduction to Cyber Security

Sept. 21, 2020        

Nov. 1, 2020 

Sept. 26 & 27, 2020 

Security Risk Management and Governance

Nov. 2, 2020

Dec. 13, 2020

Dec. 5 & 6, 2020

Data, Asset and Identity Protection

Jan. 4, 2021

Feb. 14, 2021

Feb. 6 & 7, 2021 


Cyber Security Winter 2021

Online Start Date

Online End Date

Online Classes

Introduction to Cyber Security

Jan. 18, 2021          

Feb. 28, 2021

Jan. 23 & 24, 2021

Security Risk Management and Governance

Mar. 1, 2021

Apr. 11, 2021

April 3 & 4, 2021

Data, Asset and Identity Protection

Apr. 12, 2021

May 23, 2021

May 15 & 16, 2021   

Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals - Block Code Registration CYS

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
Online Sept. 21 - Nov. 1    
  Live Online classes Sept. 26 & 27 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat., Sun


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 Jun. 15 - Jul. 26    
  Live Online classes Jul. 18 - 19 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat., Sun.
CRN 90477 Online Nov. 2 - Dec. 13    
  Live Online Classes Dec. 5 & 6 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Sat., Sun.


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 July 27 - Sept. 6
Live Online Classes Aug. 29 & 30 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat., Sun.
CRN 90642 Online  Jan. 4 - Feb. 14, 2021
Live Online Classes Feb. 6 & 7, 2021 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat., Sun.



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 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.


mICHAEL pRIMEAU, CISSP, ISO 27001 Lead Auditor

Introduction to Cyber Security and Information Security Risk Management & Governance


Michael Bio PicMichael 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 Cahir 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 2 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 cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity encompass?

Cybersecurity refers to the protection of digital environments and assets from internal and external threats and the guarding of intellectual property. The field of cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity experts over the next two years. This same report predicts that the demand for cybersecurity 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 cybersecurity?

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

As one of the world’s fastest-growing technology fields, many experts see the cybersecurity 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.
For a cybersecurity 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.


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Contact us

For more information about the cybersecurity programs at Mount Royal University, contact us at 403.440.6861 (toll-free 1.888.392.3655) or