Diploma in CompTIA Security+

Get the skills employers need

11 weeks, one evening per week,
Start Date:
September 2022
Reference Code:
Normal Price:
Online: €980
On-Campus: €1395

This course is starting in September 2022. Apply now!

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Why CompTIA Security+?

Computer security is becoming more and more important as the threat landscape evolves and increases in sophistication and scale.  Cybercriminals are growing in their attacks on a variety of industry sectors, including the banking sector, health sector and many others. “In Ireland, cybercrime is double global levels, with four out of 10 organisations failing to assess the risks”, and “almost half of businesses (49pc) reporting crime in the last two years”, (Silicon Republic, 2018).

IBAT College are a CompTIA partner. 

  • CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification IT professionals should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required for any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs.
  • CompTIA Security+ was one of the most popular IT certifications for 2019, according to Global Knowledge. 4.5% of IT professionals intend to earn the certificate this year. Many employers require tech professionals to acquire CompTIA Security+ before they can be considered for non-entry-level IT positions.
  • According to Burning Glass Technologies Labor Insights, nearly 27,000 job postings in 2016 specifically required applicants have CompTIA Security+ certification, a global benchmark for network and operational security. Demand for this certification reflects a constantly increasing need for secure networks and risk management in businesses and organizations worldwide.

CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills needed to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career. Security+ emphasizes hands-on practical skills, ensuring that you as a security professional are better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of issues.

Security+ focuses on the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection. It addresses requirements for a Junior IT Auditor/Penetration Tester job role, in addition to job roles for Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, and Security Administrator.  

In referring to the importance of cyber-security certifications, Simplilearn emphasised the CompTIA certification as a good choice for those relatively new to the field.  

Those who successfully complete the programme can sit the CompTIA Security+ SYO-501 Exam.

Course Overview

This programme gives you the foundational knowledge you'll need in a cybersecurity role and in many related roles across IT.  You will work on detecting various types of security compromises and developing responses to these, implementing secure architecture concepts and systems design thinking.  The programme addresses installation and configuration of identity and access management tools, as well as management controls. The overarching concept of risk management and best practices and the business impact of these are covered in the programme.

What is a Professional Diploma?

An IBAT Professional Diploma is a focused, short duration practical course that consolidates, upskills and/or reskills learners in a professional area. They are stand-alone qualifications  that do not lead to an award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Course Content

Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities

  • Indicators of Compromise
  • Critical Security Controls
  • Security Posture Assessment Tools
  • Incident Response

Identity and Access Management

  • Cryptography
  • Public Key Infrastructure
  • Identification and Authentication
  • Identity and Access Services
  • Account Management

Architecture and Design (1)

  • Secure Network Design
  • Firewalls and Load Balancers
  • IDS and SIEM
  • Secure Wireless Access
  • Physical Security Controls

Architecture and Design (2)

  • Secure Protocols and Services
  • Secure Remote Access
  • Secure Systems Design
  • Secure Mobile Device Services
  • Secure Virtualization and Cloud Services

Risk Management

  • Forensics
  • Disaster Recovery and Resiliency
  • Risk Management
  • Secure Application Development
  • Organizational Security


The programme allows for student self-assessment at various junctures of the programme.  Those who successfully complete the programme can sit the CompTIA Security+ SYO-501 exam.

Why IBAT College?

Career Potential
Maximise your career potential as you remain working while obtaining a professionally relevant, career enhancing, qualification at the same time.

Excellent Lecturing Staff
Learn from friendly and highly qualified academic staff, with industry experience, in small class-sizes, and guest lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Student Experience
Being part of a culturally diverse student nationality mix at IBAT College Dublin, with learners from over 30 different countries, gives you the opportunity to learn culturally different working methods first-hand, and the fundamentals to succeed in a globally connected network once you graduate.

City Centre Location
With our campus located in Dublin city centre, in Temple Bar, you are close to all major transport hubs making it easy to attend classes in between work and home.

Programme Material
Printed course notes are supplied for the first lecture. All subsequent notes are then available to download/view/print through the student virtual learning (Moodle) platform.

Career Opportunities

Those who successfully complete the programme can sit the CompTIA Security + SYO-501 Exam. This exam certifies that you have the knowledge and skills required to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices; perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations. You will be able to perform these tasks to support the principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have completed the CompTIA Network+ (or equivalent certification, or experience in networking) and have two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.

How to Apply

Don’t miss out because you’re unsure.

You can contact or apply to us directly using the the "Contact Us" or "Apply Online" options below, this will reserve your place and also give us the key details to start your application, a member of our admissions team will then contact you with further details, or alternatively you can simply "Ask us a Question" using the form below.

You can also "Book a One-to-One" with one of our course specialists who will provide you with additional guidance on your application, you can set up a meeting by:

  • Calling us at:  +353 1 8075 055 
  • Email us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

We also have flexible payment plans, please contact us to discuss your options or visit the college anytime and our course specialists will be more than willing to discuss any queries you may have.

We look forward to meeting you.

IBAT is now offering 100% interactive learning via virtual classrooms, all at an affordable price. We’re adapting along with the rest of the world, to the new normal. With an increasing shift towards online learning and as jobs become harder to find, now is the time to take initiative and upskill by gaining a diploma from the comfort of your own home.

Benefit from live sessions with our expert tutors who are teaching in real-time and can therefore engage with you directly. Seize this opportunity to boost your prospects and stay ahead of the competition. 

On-Campus vs Online

You can attend lectures Online or On Campus, offering maximum flexibility with your time and how you learn.

Online Study

  • No geographic restrictions. Study wherever you are in the world
  • Lower fees and reduced costs on accommodation, transport etc
  • Flexible schedule and self-paced learning
  • Ideal for working professionals
  • Opportunity to interact with learners across the globe
  • Live sessions with mentors to address any student questions or queries
  • Access to all recorded sessions


As one of the largest specialist IT security consultancy in the country, Integrity360 secure the networks, infrastructure and information of some of the leading companies in both Ireland and the UK.

We pride ourselves on hiring and retaining a highly skilled workforce.  Cybersecurity, by is very nature,  is an ever evolving and expanding industry so ensuring that we have a training matrix in place to upskill our teams is very important.

In 2020 we engaged with Ibat College Dublin to sign up our Inside Sales Team to achieve their Diploma in Cybersecurity. The content provided on this course provided the team with a working knowledge of the core Cybersecurity Frameworks, an overview of risk management and the legal requirements aligned to GDPR.  The course was delivered online 1 night a week and the team had access to playback of lecture recordings and the Moodle student support with resource material.  The lecturer and course were a perfect match for our requirements and I am happy to advise that all our team came through with distinctions."   - Patrick McHale , Integrity 360 


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Discover the additional support services and facilities we have to help you thrive; from IT Labs, a Career Service, Networking Evenings and more..

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