CyberSecurity Analyst

CyberSecurity Analyst

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Ottawa Campus
On Campus ,   Online
Program Length:
64 weeks
Diploma Issued:

Become A CyberSecurity Analyst

Every day we read of another company being hacked. At present, these attacks outpace the defence, and one reason for this is the lack of an adequate CyberSecurity workforce. The CyberSecurity workforce shortfall remains a critical vulnerability for governments, healthcare, and finance, as well as for infrastructure operators and private citizens. New solutions are needed to build the CyberSecurity workforce necessary for a networked world. The CyberSecurity Analyst diploma program is one of the most effective ways to start a career in CyberSecurity. Willis College provides globally recognized CyberSecurity education as well as industry-recognized certifications. You can acquire skills that are applicable and transferable to a variety of security job roles in the operations environment and start a lucrative career in CyberSecurity. In this program, you will learn foundational knowledge and best practices for securing Windows and Linux workstations and servers, as well as software, network services, routers and switches, email and database infrastructure, and wireless devices. You will also learn how to scan networks for vulnerabilities and produce reports and plans which will mitigate those vulnerabilities. Operations-style training within a live lab environment is used to help develop the critical skills needed in defending against complex cyber attacks. This program provides hands-on training with a focus on threat analysis, risk mitigation, and malware remediation through staged cyber-attack simulations and live threat scenarios carried out with both real and virtual hosts and network appliances. In this program, students will learn to:

  • Securely deploy computers, operating systems, networking hardware, and applications.
  • Securely deploy Windows servers, domains, roles, and services.
  • Securely deploy Linux based servers and services.
  • Securely deploy vital services such as DHCP, DNS, Access Policy, and Authentication.
  • Securely deploy crucial Microsoft business infrastructures such as Exchange and SQL Server.
  • Test for and identify system-wide vulnerabilities and provide documented evidence and suggestions for mitigating those vulnerabilities.
  • Deploy network security devices and apply industry best practices to strengthen security and mitigate vulnerabilities.
  • Think like a Hacker – and know a Hacker’s tools and methods of exploitation so countermeasures can be taken to secure against them.

Ottawa Campus Programs, as of September 7th, 2021, will be delivered in a hybrid learning environment.

Between now and March 30, 2022, many Willis College programs will be delivered using a hybrid learning model. This means you will have the opportunity to learn in person at our campus or remotely during scheduled classroom hours.  Further updates will be given as we are advised by the ministry of colleges and universities.

We are available to help you with your career goals and you don’t need to worry about how you are going to plan your future education. We are conducting all of our Admissions Meetings and School Information Sessions virtually or in-person to help you start your career training this year!

Total program length is 64 weeks
60 weeks of instruction
Up to 4 weeks of breaks

Willis Cybersecurity Academy

Willis College has taken the lead in addressing the critical Cybersecurity and Network Security skills shortage by establishing Willis Cybersecurity Academy. The academy is equipped with our partner’s state-of-the-art network devices and uses an industry-standard curriculum taught by our professional instructors. All of this combines to provide a comprehensive offensive and defensive cybersecurity training environment. Graduates of this program go on to work for leading corporations like Sophos, Check Point, Fortinet, Bell Canada, the public sector, and other leading organizations.

Job Market

Successful graduates of this CyberSecurity Analyst course may pursue a wide variety of interesting and rewarding professions, including:

  • CyberSecurity Analyst
  • CyberSecurity Operator
  • Computer Network Technician
  • Network Security Analyst
  • Risk/Vulnerability Analyst
  • Cyber Incident Response Analyst
  • Cyber Intrusion Analyst
  • Penetration Tester
  • Blue Team Specialist
  • Red Team Specialist
  • Network Systems and Data Communications Analyst
  • Intrusion Detection System (IDS) Administrator
  • Enterprise Network Defence (END) Administrator

Employers of Willis College CyberSecurity Graduates

  • Consulting firms
  • CyberSecurity agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Independent software vendors
  • IT security agencies
  • Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs)
  • System Integrators
  • Value-added resellers

Admission Requirements

Minimum Grade 12 (Secondary School Diploma) or GED equivalence


Willis College Entrance Assessment. If you are a Mature Student, you can gain admittance by writing a free entrance assessment. Note: students with foreign credentials, regardless of whether their documents have been translated/compared or not, should be tested to establish literacy in the English language.

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Program Outline

  • Career Management
  • Cloud Security
  • Coding for Pentesters
  • Computer Hardware and Host Based Security Foundations
  • Cybersecurity Operations and Threat Analysis
  • Digital Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures
  • Helpdesk
  • Linux Systems Administration and Security
  • Network Architecture Design and Operations
  • Network Security and Defense Foundations and Advanced Report Writing
  • Network Security and Unified Threat Management
  • Network Security Technology – Routing & Switching
  • Report Writing and Documentation
  • Security Operations Centre Analysis
  • Threat Intelligence Analysis
  • Windows Administration Security I – Core Infrastructure
  • Windows Administration Security II – Active Directory Services
  • Windows Administration Security III – Advanced Services
  • Windows Applications Security I – Databases
  • Windows Applications Security II – Messaging Services
When I first started at Willis I was a shy, self-conscious girl… but Willis changed all that! My time at Willis was knowledgeable, fun and most importantly self-rewarding. The PSW program was amazing. I learned so much. All of the staff are absolutely awesome; they looked at you as a person and not just a number filling up a seat. Rachel Goyer Personal Support Worker

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