Cybersecurity Analyst Arnprior Campus | Ottawa Campus |

Cybersecurity Analyst Arnprior Campus | Ottawa Campus |

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Cybersecurity Analyst

The 70-week Willis College Cybersecurity Analyst Program (CSA Program) recognized by the CAF by 98% prepares students for a career in many areas of Cybersecurity. These careers include Cybersecurity Operator, Cybersecurity Analyst, Penetration Tester, Security Administrator, and other related Analyst, Tester, and Specialist roles.

Students will become skilled in the configuration of:

  • security devices
  • computers
  • routers
  • switches
  • operating systems
  • email
  • databases
  • applications
  • script development
  • secure coding practices


Additionally, students will be able to analyze, identify, and document security vulnerabilities – and provide strategies for mitigating those vulnerabilities.

All instructional material in this program is based upon industry-standard certification requirements from well-known experts in the field, such as CompTIA, Cisco, Microsoft, The Linux Professional Institute, and industry experts Sophos, Fortinet, Checkpoint, and Sonicwall.

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.

All of our programs are currently being delivered in a virtual classroom environment.

During this time of social distancing, we are available to help you with your career goals. You don’t need to worry about how you are going to plan your education future. We are conducting all of our Admissions Meetings and School Information Sessions over the phone to help you start your career training this year!

Programs are either delivered 100% online or a combination of online and on-campus lab time. Once it is deemed safe to do so, we will be returning to on-campus, in-class learning.


Total program length is 70 weeks
57 theory weeks, 8 weeks practicum placement
Up to 5 weeks break

Willis Cybersecurity Academy

Willis College has taken the lead 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 business administration 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.

Are you looking to apply as an International Student?

Find out more about international student admissions requirements.

Program Outline

  • Business IT Skills I
  • Career Management
  • Computing Hardware and Host Based Security
  • Cybersecurity Operations and Threat Analysis
  • Effective Learning & Career Planning
  • Hands-On Ethical Hacking and Network Defense
  • Lab & Certification Preparation
  • Linux Systems Administration and Security
  • Network Architecture and Design
  • Network Security and Defense
  • Network Security and Unified Threat Management
  • Network Security Technology I – Routing & Switching
  • Penetration Testing
  • Practicum Placement
  • Red Team /Blue Team
  • Windows Application Security I – Databases
  • Windows Application Security II - Messaging Services
  • Windows Network Administration and Security
My experiences at Willis College have been life-changing. In completing my program, I grew in many ways. My confidence increased and I was amazed at my own capabilities, which I didn’t recognize until coming to Willis. The atmosphere at Willis made me feel like I belonged to a large family; that we were all in it together to succeed. Hats off to the staff of Willis College because they work together as a team and everyone helps everyone. No one falls through the cracks. Thank you Willis College. Sharon Schwartz Willis College

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