NAIT launches two new post-diploma certificate programs –  Cybersecurity and Data Analytics

Published on March 11, 2021

NAIT’s new Cybersecurity post-diploma certificate program will address new and emerging cybersecurity issues and arm graduates with knowledge and strategies to protect organizations from complex and evolving cyber threats.

According to Cybersecurity program chair John Zabiuk, the growing number of cyberattacks and the ingenuity in which they are being executed has shown that current mitigation strategies are becoming ineffective. The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the door to more cyberattacks, says Zabiuk, with some cybersecurity firms reporting a 250 per cent to 350 per cent increase in attacks in the past year. Zabiuk says this leaves organizations and individuals’ online information open to compromise, often leading to financially devastating results. 

The program, which was developed by cybersecurity experts from across Alberta, will also teach students about policy and legislation surrounding privacy laws so they can create strategies to legally defend against cyberattacks.  

NAIT will also launch the Data Analytics post-diploma certificate program this fall. 

Data analytics is a cross-disciplinary skill that can be applied to many industries such as accounting, healthcare, engineering, science, education, and business. NAIT’s Data Analytics post-diploma certificate will teach students to use data insights, analysis and predictions for business decision-making and planning.  

Cybersecurity and Data Analytics post-diploma certificate programs are one-year programs. Course delivery for both programs is flexible and they are open to domestic and international students.  

Registration is open for the Cybersecurity post-diploma certificate program for the Spring 2021 intake and for both programs for the Fall 2021 intake.  




“Current cybersecurity strategies are no longer working against modern attacks and threats, and while we have the technology to defend against cyberattacks, there are gaps in understanding why and how we’re protecting our online information. Working with information technology industry experts, we’ve developed a program that will address these gaps and help anyone seeking a career in cybersecurity to better protect the people and organizations they’re working for.”

- John Zabiuk, NAIT’s Cybersecurity Program Chair 


“Effective IT and cybersecurity risk management is becoming increasingly important to organizations engaging in business in a cyber environment. The Cybersecurity post-diploma certificate will prepare student to effectively defend against attacks and manage risk, proving valuable knowledge and skills to organizations in any industry.”

- Stewart Cook, Dean, School of Applied Sciences and Technology 


“NAIT’s new Data Analytics post-diploma certificate will allow students to leverage previous education and help boost their careers into high gear. Big data and business intelligence are key differentiators in today’s fast-paced, technology driven world.

- Dennis Sheppard, Dean, JR Shaw School of Business, NAIT 

“We’re pleased to be launching two new certificate programs in Data Analytics and Cybersecurity, some of the most sought-after skills in our increasingly digital world,” says Sue Fitzsimmons, vice-president academic and provost. “These new programs are part of our vision to support learners throughout their careers with opportunities to further their education and upgrade their skills.” 

- Sue Fitzsimmons, Vice-President Academic and Provost, NAIT 

About NAIT

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and skilled trades. With more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads help fuel the economic engine of the province. NAIT also contributes to Alberta's prosperity by helping businesses and communities become more competitive through industry-driven applied research and corporate training. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, industry partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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