Graduate Certificate in Information Security Management


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Programme Description

Work as a Security Analyst, in the public or private sectors

Protecting the private and personal information of industries and people is not only a vital and important career, but it's also never been more in demand. If you're technically minded and are looking to add to your already impressive resume, the Information Security Management program will give your future career the boost it needs.

Available in-class and online

To fit in with your busy schedule, the program is available 100% online or in a traditional in-class format (full-time or part-time) with September, January or May admissions. Once you've chosen a schedule that best suits your needs, you'll learn how to manage both the operational and strategic aspects of information security. In just eight months, you'll develop the skills to identify how a business is vulnerable, and how to best safeguard their information. You'll also learn detailed practical aspects of security such as risk analysis, vulnerability testing, writing security policies, implementing access controls, and performing security audits.

When you graduate, your career options will be as diverse as your future clients. Give your career security while helping companies keep their data safe.

A part-time, online version of this program is available.

Other Information

  • Classes are delivered online and face-to-face on campus. Full-time and part-time students have the option to watch live and interactive webcasts or attend classes face-to-face on campus for most courses. All webcasts will be recorded and archived so students can review material and learn at their own pace. Students will require access to a computer and the Internet, preferably high-speed if attending online, and students will require a suitable laptop as per specs if attending in face-to-face classes.
  • Applicants applying to the Online version of the program should ensure they have the appropriate technological capacity to complete the program, including access to a computer, required software and internet access for each course in the program. Students attending the Online version of the program will not be required to pay a CONNECT lab fee.
  • For all other students, a laptop computer is to be purchased by the student attending the face-to-face classroom format (approximately $1200.00). The cost of the equipment is included in the General Expenses stated in the Fee Schedule.
  • A CONNECT lab fee of $50.00 per academic term is included in the Additional Programme Fees stated in the Fee Schedule. This fee helps cover costs associated with the delivery of the CONNECT mobile computing program.
  • Students should not purchase a laptop computer or software until the College publishes the recommended configuration, models, software titles and versions for that academic year.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply knowledge of computer operating systems, networking, and various application software to the simulation of business processes.
  2. Develop best practices to protect business resources through the application of knowledge of vulnerabilities and exploits.
  3. Develop security strategies for the deployment of security procedures and protective devices.
  4. Integrate information technology strategies that support business functions by employing knowledge of best practices of business processes and systems.
  5. Develop security plans and strategies to include acceptable use of business information and systems by internal employees, contractors, consultants, business partners, and customers.
  6. Develop security plans and strategies to ensure the integrity of information in compliance with best practices, relevant policies, standards, and regulations.
  7. Apply project management principles in the deployment of security policies and strategies.
  8. Perform security audits to ensure compliance with security plans, policies, standards, regulations, and best practices.
  9. Develop and deliver a corporate training program to communicate both orally and in writing the security requirements for compliance with security policies.
  10. Prepare security documentation for approval by senior management and present results of security audits.


Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • INFO-6001 Information Security
  • INFO-6003 O/S & Applications Security
  • INFO-6076 Web Security
  • INFO-6027 Security Planning
  • INFO-6047 Routing & Switching
  • ACAD-6002 Graduate Success Strategies
  • INFO-6078 Managing Enterprise Networks

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • INFO-6079 Security Applications
  • INFO-6081 Monitoring & Incident Response
  • INFO-6010 CISSP Prep
  • INFO-6065 Ethical Hacking & Exploits
  • INFO-6008 I.T. Auditing
  • INFO-6077 Digital Forensics

Programme Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree in a computing-related field


  • An acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Previous IT post-secondary education and/or training and/or work experience.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Career Opportunities

This program will prepare graduates to take advantage of the growing opportunities in the information security field. Graduates will be an asset to any information technology support department or specifically as part of a security team, in virtually all sectors of business. Subsequently, with the right experience base, graduates can expect to find opportunities as security analysts and consultants or in security management roles. They would obtain positions such as security analysts, information security auditors, network security analysts, IT technical security specialist and threat-risk/vulnerability security specialists.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including ... Read More

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students from 97 different countries. Read Less
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