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Springboard+ Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers
  • Free and subsidised course
  • Upskill or reskill for the emerging job market  
  • Or train to return to work
  • Flexible online learning  
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Develop the skills required by managers to deal with emerging and ever-changing security threats
Delivery

Delivery

Blended

Study Mode

Study

Part-Time

Duration

Duration

24 Weeks

Intake

Starts

February 2022

Fees

Price

Free through Springboard+

This QQI (NFQ Level 7) programme is delivered over 24 Weeks, two evenings per week with some Saturday classes.
The two evenings are Tuesday 6.15pm - 9.30pm & Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm, while the Saturday's will be from 10.00am - 5.00pm.
PENDING QQI VALIDATION

The aim of this programme is to develop the cybersecurity skills required by managers and others who will be able to take a wide-angle lens on security threats and solutions. Emphasis is on the management of these more so than the mechanics of cybersecurity. This includes the cybersecurity strategy and planning for the organisation. There are many programmes that address the mechanics of cyber-security but avoid this much-needed management perspective. The programme equips graduates with appropriate leadership and management skills, and transversal skills ensuring the graduate is work ready and committed to continuing professional development.

The primary objectives of this programme are to:

  • Provide an industry-informed Special Purpose Award, Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers, attractive to those looking to reskill or upskill in digital business process skills in a supportive yet challenging academic environment.
  • Equip learners with specific knowledge and knowhow in the field of cyber security management processes, such that they can manage cyber-security activities in a continuously evolving digital work environment.
  • Develop and enhance learners’ leadership and management skills.
  • Produce industry-ready graduates, complete with appropriate professional and personal attributes, ready to take up employment.
  • Instil in learners an ethos of continuous professional development and lifelong learning.
  • Form active citizens with an understanding of their impact in the wider social context of digital-informed business activity.

If you are wondering why this course is important, 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.

Springboard+ courses are designed to help you gain the skills necessary to either obtain employment in industry areas where there is an increasing need or to upskill in your current job.

When applying for a course through Springboard+ you will also need to apply on the basis of either being:

    • Unemployed (100% funded) - not currently working, receiving a qualifying welfare payment from the Department of Social Protection (unless you are formerly self-employed) and actively seeking employment.
    • Employed - (90% funded) - working either for yourself or someone else.
    • A Returner (100% funded) - a Homemaker, on other caring duties, or economically dependent on a partner/spouse for at least 9 of the last 12 months

To take a course through Springboard+ you first need to:

    1. be living fulltime in the Republic of Ireland
    2. have your own, valid PPS Number
    3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
      • You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
      • You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
      • You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
      • You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
      • You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
      • You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
    4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
      • If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted
      • If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.

People who are Unemployed

If you are not currently working, receiving a qualifying welfare payment from the Department of Social Protection (unless you are formerly self-employed), actively seeking employment, and you meet the nationality/visa requirements above, you can apply for this Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers.

Which DSP payments are accepted?

  • Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)
  • Jobseekers Benefit
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • One Parent Family
  • Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment
  • Disability Allowance
  • Qualified Adults of Working Age
  • Carers Allowance
  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
  • Blind Pension
  • Deserted Wives Allowance 

If you are signing for social insurance contribution credits, you may also be eligible.

If you are formerly self-employed, you do not need to be in receipt of a DSP payment.

How much of my fees will be covered?

If eligible, 100% of your fees will be covered for this Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers.


How do I prove my status?

You will need to provide documentation that clearly shows you are either unemployed and in-receipt of a qualifying DSP payment or formerly self-employed when you apply for the course and again when you start the course. This can be one of the following:

Unemployed Formerly Self-Employed
A recent document from DSP or your local INTREO office confirming you receive a qualifying payment. A letter/statement from Revenue confirming you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant.
  A sworn declaration stating you are no longer self-employed.

People who are Employed

Under the Springboard+ 2021/22 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants.

The fee for this Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers is €2,400, of which you pay 10% = €240

If you are currently employed or self-employed and you meet the nationality/visa requirements above, you can apply for this Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers.

Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees. Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a company sponsorship form.

How do I prove I am in employment?

You will need to provide documentation that clearly shows you are either employed or self-employed when you apply for the course and again when you start the course. This can be one of the following:

Employed Self-Employed
Recent Payslip Recent document from Revenue confirming self-employment
Recent letter from your employer confirming you work for them Recent letter from your solicitor or accountant confirming your self-employed status
Recent letter or statement from Revenue demonstrating your current employment  

People who are Returners

If you are a homemaker, on other caring duties, or economically dependent on a partner/spouse for at least 9 of the last 12 months and you meet the nationality/visa requirements above, you can apply for this Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers.

How much of my fees will be covered?

If eligible, 100% of your fees will be covered for this Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers.

How do I prove my status?

You will need to download a declaration form and sign it before a Commissioner for Oaths / Peace Commissioner


For more information and guidance please visit: Am I eligible for Springboard+ 2021?

The Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers gives learners the opportunity to acquire specialised digital business skills, knowledge and techniques to inform the management of cyber-security and associated activities e.g. threat identity, threat solutions and containment, user protocols, disaster recovery and business continuity.  It is important to note that this is not a technical programme requiring learners to become experts in the mechanics of cyber-security. Instead, it is business management of the processes and policies that impact this in an organisation that is of interest. This is done through subject areas specifically chosen with this purpose in mind and these modules are taught in a way that reminds learners of the importance of continuously evolving picture of cyber-security on todays online world. As such, graduates will be in a much better position to adapt to changing trends and techniques in management cyber-security activities in an organisation context.

The programme also carries a strong focus on personal and professional development of learners. They have an opportunity to develop leadership and management skills, as well as reflect on and document their own development through a personal development plan demonstrating their developing transversal skills.

On successful completion of this Special Purpose Award - Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers, NFQ Level 7 programme the learner will be able to:

  1. Display specialised cyber-security skills, knowledge and techniques to inform the decision-making of business managers in the field of cyber-security.
  2. Recognise and adapt to ever-changing threats and solutions emerging in cyber-security.
  3. Evaluate the key issues and challenges in the management of cyber-security and communicate these to a select audience.
  4. Develop integrated cyber-security plans that can be implemented in various business contexts.
  5. Display leadership abilities in working with others.
  6. Develop a personal development plan demonstrating self-awareness of own transversal skills and competencies aligned through research to current employment opportunities.

These programme learning outcomes address a number of key skills as follows:

  • Digital Skills – Learners will develop high digital literacy skills from this programme, from being able to evaluate cloud computing offerings to assessing the cyber-security risks inherent in a set of business processes. They will have the opportunity to determine and manage information reporting requirements from digital sources, and use technology to communicate ideas.
  • Transversal Skills – these appear throughout the programme. Evaluating the key security threats and appropriate means of mitigating them requires students to develop critical thinking skills. The communication of these to a variety of audiences, e.g. classmates, lecturer, guest industry evaluators, etc., will further communication skills. Learners will work with each other, and in some cases with industry representatives to achieve prescribed ends, and thereby develop their inter-personal skills.
  • Leaderships Skills - the programme allows leadership skills to emerge and flourish in a number of ways. Assessments also facilitate development of leadership skills as learners take charge of various aspects of various assessment projects and in-class activities in digital business transformation. An example is a learning outcome from Information Security Management, "Research and analyse a suitable and viable Business Continuity Plan as applied to a real business environment". Learners need to liaise with and lead end users and other stakeholders in this business environment to achieve the required result.
  • Future-proofing is emphasised in discussion and debate about evolving trends in digital technology to evolve and transform businesses on an ongoing basis such that graduates are in a strong position to keep up with changing trends in constantly transforming businesses. An example is the workplace of the future being likely to incorporate artificial intelligence to an even larger extent than it is now. It is likely to be even more complex in the future than it is now ( https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-ai-is-impacting-the-workplace/). There is coverage of AI in the Cyber & Digital Security module with the syllabus item "Use of new techniques such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in cybersecurity processes".
QQI Award

The programme structure is designed to be delivered two nights a week for an academic year with some Saturday delivery.

The split between evenings and Saturdays facilitates the blended approach of online and face-to-face classes. Learners attend virtual classes online in the evenings and attend in-person on Saturdays.

Teaching and Learning modes Proportion (% of Total Directed Learning)
Classroom / Face to Face

33%

Online 67%

The Personal and Professional Development runs through the second semester and culminates in a full evening at the end of the programme. This event is arranged with employers in attendance and will be timetabled on completion of the programme on the same evening of the week that the programme was delivered.

There is only one stage in this award. All modules are mandatory, equally weighted and contribute to the Award.

There are 30 ECTs (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) attributed to this programme, each module below is worth 5 ECTs.

MODULES INFORMATION - SEMESTER 1
Cyber & Digital Security
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Module Description

On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Assess cyber-security vulnerabilities and associated controls in a given business context.
  2. Evaluate ethical and legal issues concerning cyber-security and privacy in information systems.
  3. Assess cyber-security risks, and associated business continuity/recovery plans.
  4. Manage the people, processes and policies for cyber-security in an organisational setting, providing leadership where needed.


Assessment Strategy

This module will be examined by a combination of continuous assessment and in-class test.

Ethics & Regulatory Compliance
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Module Description

On completion of this module the learner should be able to:

  1. Deconstruct a Compliance Plan and describe the steps in the on-going monitoring of a compliance programme taking into account the risk aspects of such an activity.
  2. Describe the main theories and concepts in the field of ethics.
  3. Discuss the essential characteristics of an effective compliance manager.
  4. Outline the regulatory landscape and main actors involved in the compliance function.
  5. Analyse and discuss relevant regulations that impact all business sectors.
  6. Apply a methodology to systematically work through different ethical scenarios.


Assessment Strategy

This module will be examined by means of a CA piece (30%) and a summative end of semester examination (70%)

Cloud Computing for Business
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Module Description

On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the role of IT in business and how cloud computing can be used to contribute to this.
  2. Explain in detail the core cloud computing principles and features to a business audience.
  3. Create and present a strategic plan for an organisation wanting to evaluate, adopt or re-adopt cloud computing for an organisation.
  4. Describe the key security and privacy issues associated with cloud computing and how they can be addressed.
  5. Articulate the financial impact that cloud computing can have on an organisation’s cost management, both long term and short term.


Assessment Strategy

The module assessment strategy is aligned to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes.

MODULES INFORMATION - SEMESTER 2
Corporate Governance
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Module Description

On completion of this module the learner should be able to:

  • Define Corporate Governance, distinguishing it from management, the role of boards and the board process.
  • Discuss theories of corporate governance - agency theory, stewardship theory, resource dependency and managerial hegemony theory and identify “real-word” examples in practice.
  • Discuss the development of corporate governance structures.
  • Outline the legal framework for directors and regulatory agencies involved in Governance oversight.
  • Analyse and discuss the behavioural aspects of Boards, e.g. power dynamics and stakeholder relations, attributes of effective directors, conflicts of interests, remuneration and incentives.
  • Evaluate recent cases in Corporate Governance, the good vs. the bad.


Assessment Strategy

This module will be examined by means of a combination of a case study assessment (40%) and final examination (60%).
The case study assessment will also involve a class presentation and a written submission.

Information Security Management
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Module Description

On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Apply the concepts and principles of Information Security Management in a complex business environment, including security techniques and policies used to protect ICT systems, telecommunications and the company’s intellectual property.
  2. Research and analyse a suitable and viable Business Continuity Plan as applied to a real business environment.
  3. Explore the principles and approaches of web security, risk management and best practices in relation to cyber and digital security.
  4. Assess the ethical, legal and compliance regulations governing the protection, usage and processing of data from both internal and external sources.


Assessment Strategy

This module will be examined by means of a continuous assessment project (100%).
This continuous assessment project will involve the development of a Business Continuity Plan which for a case organisation. It will encompass areas in Business Impact Analysis, Risk Management and Disaster Recovery for a given scenario.The case study scenario is then expanded to include a clear and present threat to the organisation; learners are expected to document the most appropriate approach for business continuity; it will also include which elements of the Business Continuity Plan need to be initialised and executed based on the threat defined.

Personal and Professional Development
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Module Description

On completion of this module the learner should be able to:

  1. Articulate self-awareness in relation to one’s own transferable skills, competencies, personal preferences, values and interests in relation to their chosen career.
  2. Conduct effective labour market research and demonstrate a clear understanding of employer needs and preferences.
  3. Develop a convincing personal brand. Produce an effective CV, cover letter and social media profile that clearly demonstrates a keen awareness of the perspective and needs of the potential employer. Prepare in a structured way for an interview and competently ‘sell’ themselves at mock interview.
  4. Write a personal development plan tailored to their own needs, detailing current and future action points.
  5. Develop and evaluate a personal and professional code of ethics.

Assessment Strategy

Diversity of assessment will enable learners to demonstrate their capabilities and achievements in meeting the different learning outcomes. The assessment strategy for this module aims to assess the learner’s ability to research, interpret and organise information, solve problems, and develop effective communication plans and mechanisms. 

In addition to industry informed programmes IBAT College Dublin is committed to education for sustainability and is located in a green campus in the heart of Temple Bar.  The college provides a supportive learning environment, small group practical classes and has reputation for being responsive to learner needs. 

Our Values:

Learners’ First

We have a deep commitment to our learners.  The learner sits at the heart of everything we do. We seek and act on their feedback to enhance their experience.

Integrity

We act with integrity and hold ourselves to the highest standards of fairness, honesty and transparency.

Empowerment

Our educational philosophy is to inspire and empower the individual through the creation of independent and creative thinking, the development of knowledge, know-how, skill and competence in a nurturing learning environment that promotes an ethos of lifelong learning.

Respect

We treat everyone with dignity and celebrate the global diversity of our learners.

Collaborative

Our staff work with learners, employers and academic partners as a team and we encourage an open participative culture.

The Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers gives learners the opportunity to acquire specialised digital business skills, knowledge and techniques to inform the management of cyber-security and associated activities e.g. threat identity, threat solutions and containment, user protocols, disaster recovery and business continuity. 

This Certificate in Cyber-Security for Managers is suited to those who are currently unemployed, formerly self-employed and returners to work who wish to return to sustainable employment as well as those in employment who wish to enhance their skill levels by reskilling or upskilling.

This programme is also suited to mature learners, those currently employed or unemployed, formerly self-employed, and returners to work who wish to return to sustainable employment as well as those in employment who wish to enhance their skills levels by reskilling or upskilling.

Possible roles for graduates from this programme include:
  • Cybersecurity Manager
  • Security Policies and Procedures Manager
  • Risk Assessment Manager
  • Business Recovery Manager
  • Information Management Executive
  • Security Compliance Officer
  • Information Security Manager in sectors such as ICT, financial services, hospitality, retail, pharma etc.


The programme would also be attractive to:

  • Those who are unemployed and/or formerly self-employed who wish to return to sustainable employment.
  • Returners to work who wish to re-enter the work force after some absence.
  • Those already in work who wish to upskill or reskill in cyber-security management.
  • Those learners seeking to acquire digital skills, transversal skills, management and leadership skills for the workplace of the future.
  • Those with an interest in life-long learning and who wish to develop professional skills for employment.

Academic Requirements

Learners should have a minimum of an NFQ Level-6 qualification or equivalent for entry to this programme. The NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) database from QQI is used extensively to assess the qualifications of those presenting overseas qualifications. This can arise for applicants who are living in Ireland but obtained their qualifications overseas.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) Route 

Applicants who do not have the academic requirements can still be considered under our Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) Route. An applicant applying on the basis of Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) must demonstrate their ability to succeed by providing evidence of current and prior learning and work experience, explaining their motivation, and how committed they are to succeeding on the course. These applicants are considered on the basis of their previous studies, both formal and non-formal, and relevant work and life experience. This means you must submit a detailed CV, personal statement outlining your motivation for studying now, 2 work based references and any documentation such as training courses that you completed. This will demonstrate your engagement in learning in different contexts and assuring a more timely decision on your application.

An applicant who is experiencing difficulties in obtaining 2 work based references due to COVID or other factors, maybe eligible for an interview which can also assess the applicant’s suitability for entry onto this programme.

English Requirements
 

For applicants whose first language is not English, a B2+ in CEFRL (IELTS Academic score of 6.0, or equivalent), is needed.

Due to the limited number of places available, early application is recommended.

If you haven't already registered with Springboard, you will need to do this first before you can apply, you can register using this "Need to Register on Springboard First?" link.

Please submit your application via the Springboard website using this "Ready to Apply Through Springboard?" link.

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:

We look forward to meeting you.

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