CyberSecurity Operator

CyberSecurity Operator

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

Become a CyberSecurity Operator

The CyberSecurity Operator program was developed in collaboration with global CyberSecurity experts from Fortinet, Sophos, and Check Point. Willis College has taken the lead in addressing the critical CyberSecurity skills shortage by establishing Canada’s first and only multi-vendor CyberSecurity Academy. The curriculum delivered in this program is the same training the Canadian Armed Forces receive.

Our Ottawa campus is equipped with over $1M of hardware equipment and provides an official curriculum and professionally trained instructors for your benefit. The CyberSecurity Operator program is one of the most effective ways to start your career in IT, by incorporating globally recognized certifications that validate industry standards. You can acquire skills that are applicable and transferable to a variety of technical environments, and that open doors to a lucrative IT Professional career.

This program is an excellent fit for:

  • Someone looking to start a new career in a lucrative and in-demand career
  • Someone who is ethical, trustworthy, and committed to a career in CyberSecurity
  • Someone who does not have any previous experience in the CyberSecurity field

“Demand for CyberSecurity professionals at all levels has been steadily growing, especially in North America. I have seen this over my 26 years of experience. This demand will only continue to grow as information, cyber, and cloud threats continue to impact organizations in every industry.”


Find out today if the CyberSecurity Operator program is right for you!

Total program length is 48 weeks
48 theory weeks

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 Operator program may pursue a wide variety of interesting and rewarding professions, including:

  • Cybersecurity Specialist
  • Network Security Specialist
  • IT Security Engineer
  • Network Security Operations
  • 1st Level Support Engineer
  • Fortinet Certified Network Security Associate
  • Security Technical Representative
  • Security Network Administrator

Salary Information

Average Wage ($/hr) – $33.65
High Wage ($/hr) – $44.23 ($/hr) High Wage source:
National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this program: 2281, 2171
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Why Choose Online Learning

Welcome To Willis College Online. A Different Way To Learn.

Online learning is broken. The traditional online learning model of sending a student their learning materials and expecting them to complete things alone each week doesn’t work. Students feel alone, not sure if they are doing things right, constantly feel the pressure of feeling behind in their work, and the goal of graduating and finding a career seems far off in the distance. To fix this problem, we have taken an entirely different approach to how online learning is done. Willis College Online is bringing the benefits of learning on-campus right into your home.

What makes Willis College Online different?

  • Learn 100% online: Each online program is delivered 100% online with freedom in your schedule as to when you want to learn.
  • Instructor-led program: You will have the choice to either attend live lectures each day online or watch later on-demand. As well, since each lecture is recorded, you will have the ability to go back and review the materials taught by your instructor.
  • Instructor-paced program: You don’t need to worry if you are falling behind. Your instructor keeps you on pace to graduate on time
  • Live daily instructor access: Your instructor maintains regularly scheduled office hours to help you with any concepts or material
  • Mandatory weekly group Q&A sessions with your instructor: This allows your learning cohort a chance to interact with one another and the instructor to get questions answered weekly
  • Finish in under a year: Successful students will graduate in under a year
  • Career support from day one: One-on-one employment & practicum support for graduating student
  • Learn from anywhere in Canada: Our number one goal is to help you prepare for the right career no matter where you live in Canada

Willis College Online is the newest and easiest way to get started towards your new career. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Take the next step and speak to one of our Admissions Advisors today.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:
Canadian High School diploma or equivalent. Willis College Admission’s Team uses the Wonderlic assessment tool.

For Mature Students:
If you don’t have a High School Diploma, we have admissions options specifically for you depending on which province you are in enrolling. Please contact us to see how our Admissions Team can help you achieve your new career.

Program Outline

Please click on the course title to see the course description.

  • Computing Hardware and Host Based Security Foundations

    This course will cover the hardware and software foundations utilized within a host-based computing environment. Topics covered will include assembly, installation, configuration, upgrading and troubleshooting of PC-based hosts. Students will develop hands-on experience within a scenario-based lab environment in order to identify software and hardware host-based vulnerability issues and will execute industry best of practiced remediation procedures.
  • Network Architecture Design and Operations

    This course will provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills required to configure, manage, and troubleshoot today's wired and wireless network devices. This course will also provide students with an understanding of emerging technologies such as unified communications, mobile, cloud, and virtualization technologies. Within a lab environment, students will design and implement a secure and trusted network infrastructure and will gain a solid understanding of network operations and management.
  • Report Writing and Documentation

    This course will teach students how to generate various technical reports that they may have to create as part of their technical career. The ability to gather technical information and express it in a well-organized and intelligible format that can be understood by management and technical peers alike is key for the dissemination of vital information. The types of reports covered will include: Network Asset Reports, Physical and Logical Network Topologies, Vulnerability Assessment Reports and Penetration Testing Reports.
  • Helpdesk

    This course will cover the deployment and use of helpdesk IT support software that provides IT support services to end-users. Additionally, tools needed for identifying and managing computer resources as it relates to Helpdesk activity will be covered.
  • Career Management

    Our Career Management course will introduce students to and teach them how to apply the most effective strategies to achieve employment in the career of their choice. Topics that are covered; effective job search strategies, cover letter and strategic resume writing, interview preparation and effective interviewing skills.
  • Windows Administration Security I - Core Infrastructure

    The course is intended for students who have good Windows operating system knowledge and experience and want to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to implement the core infrastructure services in an existing Windows Server environment.
  • Windows Administration Security II - Active Directory Services

    This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to configure Active Directory Domain Services in a distributed environment, implement Group Policies, perform backup and restore, and monitor and troubleshoot Active Directory related issues.
  • Windows Administration Security III - Advanced Services

    This Advanced Windows Server® Services training allows students to learn how to provision and configure advanced services using Windows Server.
  • Windows Applications Security I - Databases

    This course will help introduce new features and functionality in Windows SQL day-to-day management, networking infrastructure, storage, and access control. Specific technologies covered will include Dynamic Access Control (DAC), Failover Clustering, Microsoft Online Backup, Security and Hyper-V.
  • Windows Applications Security II - Messaging Services

    In this course, students will learn to configure and manage a Microsoft Exchange Server messaging environment. This course will teach students guidelines, best practices, and considerations that will help them optimize their Exchange server deployment. It will also provide the knowledge and skills to plan, install, and manage the mailbox role, client access, transport, and Exchange infrastructure.
  • Network Security and Defense Foundations and Advanced Report Writing

    IT security is paramount to organizations as cloud computing and mobile devices have changed the way we do business. With large amounts of data transmitted and stored on networks throughout the world, it is essential to have effective security practices in place. Students will gain a solid understanding of network security practices including control fundamentals, security threats, network attacks, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, security controls, wireless security and Computer Forensics. Students will also learn to create advanced reports such as Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Analysis Reports.
  • Network Security Technology - Routing & Switching Linux Systems Administration and Security

    The student learns basic network design and troubleshooting, routed and routing protocols, router configurations, LAN switching theory, virtual LANs, Novell IPX, WAN theory and design, WAN technology, PPP, frame relay, and ISDN. IT follows the track for the Cisco CCNA certification.
  • Linux Systems Administration and Security

    Linux has grown into an industry-leading software and service delivery platform that is used for everything from supercomputers and Web servers to virtualized systems and your Android phone. This growth creates a high demand for qualified Linux professionals. Students will acquire the fundamental knowledge and hands-on experience with Linux systems architecture, package management, system services, file systems, administrative tasks, security, data, and accessibility.
  • Network Security and Unified Threat Management

    In this course, students will gain the knowledge and understanding of commercial network security and Unified Threat Management (UTM) Solutions. Students will install and configure a live security environment implementing firewall policies, VPNs, virus detection, web filtering, application control, user authentication. Advanced level design threat management lab scenarios will include threat malware mitigation, firewall policies, SSL, IPsec and VPN tunnelling.
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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