CyberSecurity Micro-Credentials

CyberSecurity Micro-Credentials

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Upgrade Your CyberSecurity Skills One Week at a Time

Managing cybersecurity risk amid pandemic-driven digitization shifts is top of mind for most Ontario organizations and was featured recently featured in the Ottawa Business Journal. Willis College has a solution to this problem – an exciting new set of micro-credentials to enhance the cybersecurity skills of IT professionals that have been working in the field for over three years. These programs will:

  • Ensure organizations are being proactive against cybersecurity threats instead of being in an expensive reactionary position after a breach.
  • Enhance the skills of IT employees already working within an organization, or give new skills to IT professionals looking for work or underemployed.
  • Offer professional skills development to IT employees.
  • Allow for online, instructor-led, interactive training in short time frames.


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Our Micro-Credentials

Each of the following micro-credentials is one week, 40 hours in length, and can be taken independently of each other: The dates listed below are our next intake dates for each program

Red Teaming 1: Penetration Testing Fundamentals

This course will provide students with the knowledge and hands-on skills in ethical hacking, vulnerability scanning, red teaming and coding for cyber professionals. With exposure to various live lab attack scenarios, students will gain a solid understanding of hackers’ preferred attack vectors, techniques, methodologies and tools.

Red Teaming 2: Ethical Hacking Strategies

This course is intended to build on Red Teaming 1 and will provide a deeper exploration of the coding and scripting techniques to build more complex ethical hacking strategies. Concepts such as scanner scripting, information gathering, exploitation scripting and post-exploitation scripting are taught.

Blue Teaming 1: Cyber Operations

Trained within an operational style Security Operations Centre (SOC) lab environment, students in this course will develop skills to perform network reconnaissance, threat identification, threat mitigation, vulnerability analysis, security incidents investigation, security issues monitoring and cyber security threat analysis.

Blue Teaming 2: Threat Intelligence Analysis

As attackers have learned to evade traditional signature-based solutions such as firewalls, an analytics-based approach within the cybersecurity industry is vital for most organizations. The behavioural analytics skills covered in this course will provide students with security skills to identify and combat malware, and advanced persistent threats (APTs) across a broad attack surface.

 Blue Teaming 3: Threat Hunting and Incident Response Analysis

Practices to proactively search for cyber threats that are lurking undetected in a network have become essential to organizations that invest in staying ahead of the curve. Cyber threat hunting digs deep to find malicious actors that have slipped past an organization’s security defences. Methods such as threat intelligence, threat hunting and cyber incident response are essential components of the modern cyber defence strategy.

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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:
Degree/Diploma (in technology) or three years experience in the field and completion of the Technology Assessment to demonstrate superior previous experience and/or Education in the field.

Students with foreign credentials should be tested to establish literacy in the English language, regardless of whether or not their documents have been translated/compared.

Are you looking to apply as an International Student?

Find out more about international student admissions requirements.

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