Diploma in Cyber Security - Introduction

Beat the Hackers

11 weeks Part-time
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Back on-campus Feb 22
Tuesdays (6.30pm-9.30pm)
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Why Cyber and Digital Security

Cyber security protects the data and integrity of communication and computing assets belonging, or connecting, to an organisation's network. Its purpose is to defend those assets, and organisational data, against all threat actors throughout the entire life cycle of a cyber attack.

According to a survey of Irish businesses by Magnet Networks (published in November 2017) a massive 48% of all businesses in Ireland still have no cyber security policy in place and 171,000 businesses in (Ireland) could be vulnerable to crippling ransomeware attacks. On a more global scale, techcentral.ie, in its report ‘Cyber attack surface facts, figures and stats for 2017 to 2022’, indicates that the growth of cyber security, due to the impact of cyber crime, is phenomenal:

If you are wondering why you should pursue an online course for cyber security, take a look at Forbes - "Alarming Cybersecurity Stats: What You Need To Know For 2021"

  • Cybercrime damages will cost the world $10.5 trillion by 2025.
  • The worldwide cybersecurity market is set to grow by up to 10% this year to top $60bn, as the global economy slowly recovers from the pandemic.
  • 78% Lack Confidence in Their Company’s Cybersecurity Posture
  • The average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million as of 2020
  • More than 90 percent of all healthcare organizations reported at least one security breach in the last three years.
  • Nearly 80% of senior IT and IT security leaders believe their organizations lack sufficient protection against cyberattacks
  • The latest forecast is for global ransomware damage costs to reach $20 billion by 2021
  • The shortage of cyber security professionals in the EMEA region has reached 395,000 in 2021, up from 252,000 in 2020.

In Ireland:

  • Amazon (6.7% of job postings in cybersecurity) and KPMG (5.5%) were the top two companies hiring in this field in Ireland in 2021.
  • PwC’s 2018 Irish economic crime survey found that the incidence of cybercrime (61%) in Ireland is double that experienced by global companies.

"Cybersecurity Market Forecasted To Be Worth $403B by 2027"

CE Pro EditorsCEPro.com, Feb 2021)

Course Overview

This diploma examines how the Internet has grown as a global phenomenon over the past twenty years, bringing with it the threat of crime in a variety of forms. Decision makers must be familiar with the basic principles and best practices of cyber security to best protect their enterprises, and digital assets. The programme will discuss the laws that are in use to try and regulate the internet, and also discuss and assess the various threats posed by internet crime in its many varieties.

This diploma is suitable if you wish to obtain a broad understanding of cyber security, rather than if you are already involved with the technical aspects although, either way, you will find the course valuable. An engineering or computing background is not required to benefit from this course.

The course provides a framework on which you may immerse yourself in the pressing issues of cyber security and obtain the information you need to make the best decisions for the defence of your organisation, and its digital infrastructure.

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

During the programme you will learn the fundamentals of securing both clean and corrupted systems, protecting personal data, securing simple computer networks, and safe Internet usage.

You will obtain an understanding of key terms and concepts in cyber law, intellectual property and cyber crimes, trademarks and domain theft. The course will also incorporate approaches for incident analysis and response. You will be introduced to the principles of web security and learn approaches for risk management and best practices in relation to cyber and digital security.


  • Introduction to Information Security Fundamentals & Best Practices
  • Protecting Your Computer & its Contents
  • Securing Computer Networks – Basic of Computer Networking Theory
  • Secure Communications & Information Security Best Practices
  • Privacy Guidelines & Safe Internet Usage
  • Ethics in Cyber Security & Cyber Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Professional Ethics
  • Internet Fraud
  • Cybercrimes
  • Secure Software & Browser Security
  • Cookies & Browser Storage
  • Managing a Business Information Continuity Plan
  • Vulnerabilities & Controls
  • Information Risk Management
  • Risk Response Development & Control
  • Security Policy, Compliance, & Business Continuity
  • Cyber Incident Analysis & Response

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

According to the Techcentral.ie report ‘Cyber attack surface facts, figures and stats for 2017 to 2022’ there are significant career prospects in this field – ‘the cybersecurity unemployment rate is 0%, and there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions by 2021’.

This course is an ideal launch pad for someone considering a future role in this field, including

Lecturer Profile

Liam O'Connor
Liam O'Connor/ Lecturer in Cyber and Digital Security /
Liam is an experienced risk manager with a demonstrated history of 20 years working in the IT and cyber security industry. He has worked across the globe from the UK, Central Africa and Canada on cyber security projects. He is currently working within one of the big 4 companies in cyber security. Liam is a skilled cyber security strategist and has worked on many projects across both the public and private sectors. Projects included Data Protection (GDPR, ePrivacy), Computer Forensics, eDiscovery, Identity Access Management and Pentesting to name a few. He has an incredible passion for all things cyber, a must have in an ever changing digital landscape. Education: Liam has completed an MSc - Master in Applied Cyber Security (Thesis – The Right To Privacy In A Digital World), a BSc in Digital Forensics and Cyber Security, and is a CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker).

Thomas Owen

Thomas has been working in information technology and security for over 20 years of which 18 have been spent in supervisory and management roles. Throughout his extensive career, he has gained an expert knowledge of cybersecurity in financial services, higher education and the healthcare sector.

In addition, Thomas has held a variety of different positions including as Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at large financial institutions, which he says has been his biggest career achievement.

Prior to working, Thomas received his Bachelor of Science in Technology Management from Texas A&M University. Currently, he works with Accenture Security as a Senior Security Manager. Alongside this, Thomas is pursuing a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance.

Areas of Expertise

  • GDPR
  • Cybersecurity
  • Ethical hacking
  • Management
  • Information security
  • Data privacy


Thomas holds the following professional qualifications: CISSP, HCISPP, CEH, C|CISO, Security+, Network+, CCENT, MCA, MCP, MCTS, PCIP, PCI-ISA, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT.

Meet Thomas Owen, Cyber and Digital Security Lecturer

Entry Requirements

This course has been developed for those with little or no prior cyber and digital security experience, but a desire to understand appropriate approaches for risk management and best practices in relation to cyber and digital security.

An engineering or computing background is not required to benefit from this course.

How to Apply

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Real great short course in cyber security . the teacher is very good both in knowledge of subject and his presentation style of lectures are friendly and practical . the course comes alive when the assignment was giving out which is reflection based on material learned. by doing the assignment I learned so much. It felt like a mini masters thesis in some ways but at diploma level. really happy with course as the structure is based on learning from other students input . If you willing to work hard and put the time into the assignment and course you will gain so much from this short course.
Dwatne Timmons Diploma in Cyber and Digital Security Graduate
A great course that everybody interested in the Internet technologies, safety and security should follow. The content is indeed large but you will have the opportunity to get inside and out a broader knowledge of what is cyber security, the infinite prospects it opens in particular career wise. This is a great introduction and beyond, a great asset for your future evolution. It gives you the key to open so many others. The teacher is fantastic, you can ask any questions and you will get so much more
Nicolas Bienvenu Diploma in Cyber and Digital Security Graduate

“Delighted to have completed my diploma in Cyber and Digital Security from IBAT College Dublin. I decided to pick this up during lockdown to keep myself busy and it was one of the best decisions I made ?”

Amy Norton Accenture

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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Interview with Thomas Owen, Cyber and Digital Security Lecturer at IBAT

Thomas has operated in the information technology and information security over the past 20 years, where he worked as a chief information officer and chief information security.

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