Cybersecurity Immersive Industry Education

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In today's digital age, cybercrime is on the rise and businesses and organizations of all sizes are increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks. This program is specifically designed for working professionals who want to advance their skills in the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity.

Our innovative apprenticeship-style certificate program provides students with a comprehensive curriculum that covers a range of topics including cybersecurity fundamentals, network security, cryptography and cyber risk management. By the end, graduates will develop the skills and knowledge needed to protect digital assets and mitigate the risk of cybersecurity threats.

Having trained professionals to safeguard digital infrastructure is critical for businesses and organizations. Whether you are an employer seeking to upskill your staff or a working IT professional interested in cybersecurity, this program offers a specialized blend of online and on-the-job learning, empowering professionals to seamlessly integrate their education with their daily job responsibilities.

Upcoming Intakes

Select your preferred intake to see relevant program information. Program details, including tuition and course information, may vary by intake.

Selection Start Date Delivery Mode Time Campus Length Domestic Status International Status
Sep. 03, 2024 (Fall) Online No set time Main 2 Years (Full-time) Open N/A

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Delivery Mode

  • In-person - All your class activity will be delivered in person, on campus.
  • Online - All your class activity will be delivered online.
  • Hybrid - Your classes will be a mixture of in person and online learning. You must be able to come to campus and participate remotely online.
  • Your choice - Your program offers a variety of class delivery options (in person, online, or a mixture of both) and you can select which type of classes to take. If you wish, you can complete your entire program either in-person or online.
  • HyFlex - All your classes are delivered for simultaneous participation in person and online. You can choose daily to attend your classes in person or join remotely online.


  • Your choice - You can select class times and days that fit your schedule. There are a variety of class options for you to choose from including daytime, evening, weekdays or weekends.
  • No set time - No set class days or times, content is access on-demand. You can complete your studies on your own schedule within the scheduled class dates; may have set due dates and deadlines.
  • Evenings & Weekends - Classes are scheduled after 5 p.m. on weekdays or anytime on weekends.
  • Weekdays - Daytime - Classes are scheduled on weekdays, before 5 p.m.
  • Weekdays - Evening - Classes are scheduled on weekdays, after 5 p.m.
  • Weekends - Classes are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays.


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  • Full-Time - This is the standard length to complete the program, with a full course load per term.
  • Part-Time - Students follow a structured schedule of classes so they can progress in their studies part-time while balancing everyday life.

Domestic Status

The program availability status for domestic applications is updated as applications are reviewed and assessed. Program availability is subject to change without notice.

  • Open - Program intake is accepting applications.
  • Waitlisting - Program intake is accepting applications, but qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Closed - Program intake is not accepting applications.
  • Upcoming - Applications will open soon for this intake. View the upcoming terms for open dates.
  • N/A - Not available for this intake.

International Status

The program availability status for international applications is updated as applications are reviewed and assessed. Program availability is subject to change without notice.

  • Open - Program intake is accepting applications.
  • Limited - For international applicants, the program intake is now only available if you already have a valid study permit.
  • Waitlisting - Program intake is accepting applications, but qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.
  • Closed - Program intake is not accepting applications.
  • Upcoming - Applications will open soon for this intake. View the upcoming terms for open dates.
  • N/A - Not available for this intake.

Credit programs that accept international applicants also meet the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, including programs with a Hybrid delivery mode. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Stay Ahead of Digital Threats and Advance your Cybersecurity Skills

In today's digital age, cybersecurity is not just essential – it's critical for business operations. With cyber threats evolving rapidly and an and the demand for cybersecurity professionals at an all-time high, we are committed to offering IT experts top-tier cybersecurity training that seamlessly integrates with their current roles in the IT industry.

You can expect to learn a range of essential skills and knowledge needed to protect information systems and networks from cyber threats, including:

  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals: Learn about the basics of cybersecurity, including the various types of cyber threats and the principles of information security and risk management.
  • Network Security: Learn about securing computer networks, including topics such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention, VPNs and secure network architecture.
  • Cryptography: Study encryption techniques and algorithms used to secure data, including symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, digital signatures and public key infrastructure.
  • Cyber Risk Management: Learn about assessing and managing risk in the context of cybersecurity, including topics such as threat modeling, risk analysis and incident response planning.
  • Cybersecurity Governance: Study the legal and regulatory framework surrounding cybersecurity, including privacy laws, data protection regulations and compliance requirements.
  • Emerging Technologies: Explore emerging technologies and their implications for cybersecurity, including topics such as cloud security, mobile device security and the Internet of Things (IoT).

    Please note: NAIT offers three distinct cybersecurity programs.  Learn which one is the right fit for your lifestyle and career goals.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Immersive Industry Education?

Immersive Industry Education (IIE) is a specialized apprenticeship-style form of learning that integrates substantial real-world work experience with academic instruction. In this model, students spend more than half of their educational program working on-the-job and gaining hands-on experience and practical skills.

This structure allows students to apply the skills they gained from their online learning directly to real-world cybersecurity challenges they may face on the job, enhancing their learning and making them immediately valuable to their employers. The program aims to produce highly skilled professionals equipped with both the theoretical knowledge and practical experience necessary to meet the demands of the cybersecurity field.

What are the eligibility requirements for this program?

The program is tailored specifically for employed IT professionals looking to enhance their cybersecurity expertise. Students must show proof of employment and have an IT-related diploma or degree.

How is this program structured?

The program is comprised of 10 courses that are delivered in a self-paced, online format and 1000 hours of on-the-job training. Students will spend a minimum of 51% of their program duration working directly with their employer.

How does the on-the-job learning component work?

More than half of your learning occurs on the job, meaning you can keep your regular employment while your work hours count towards your educational credits. This ensures that the program seamlessly integrates with your daily job responsibilities.

What kind of practical experience will I get during the program?

During work hours, you'll have opportunities to apply your learnings directly to practical scenarios under the guidance of workplace mentors. This hands-on experience enriches your understanding of cybersecurity concepts and prepares you for real-world challenges.

How are students assessed in the program?

Students are assessed through a combination of learning materials and validation of on-the-job competencies. NAIT assigns course grades and collaborates with industry partners to ensure learning outcomes are met. 

What kind of support will I receive during the program?

Students will have access to instructors for direct support and mentorship from industry experts at their place of employment. 

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program is designed to be completed in two years, providing you with a comprehensive cybersecurity education that equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your career. 

What credential will I receive upon completion?

Graduates will receive a two-year post-diploma certificate in Cybersecurity with a specialization in Immersive Industry Education.

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Thank you for your interest! We want to get you in contact with the right person to answer your questions. If you are a current or recently admitted student you can find program and course information as well as contact details for your program on the My Program page on the MyNAIT Portal.


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