INFEF-AD Information Security

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Overview

  • 20-month post-graduate diploma
  • August entry date
  • Exchange District Campus (formerly Princess Street Campus), Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions.

Description
The Information Security program will provide you with the theory and experience required to analyze, evaluate, manage and respond to today’s most complex information security issues. You will learn the fundamentals of designing and analyzing robust personal, enterprise and web-based IT security systems. Students graduating from this program will be well positioned to enter into and succeed in the information security field in Manitoba and across North America.

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Post-Secondary Education
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in a certificate, diploma or degree related to Information Technology from a recognized post-secondary institution including:
    • Your education must include the following topics:
      • Two levels of programming in any one language (introductory and intermediate)
      • Databases, the relational model and SQL
      • Web programming using page development tools such as HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript, JSON, etc
      • Operating systems (Windows and Linux/Unix)
      • Networking covering IP addressing, the OSI model, and in-class hands on experience with routers and switches
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter.
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older on or before September 30 in your year of registration, have been out of high school for a minimum of one year, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Information Technology Work Experience
    • High school graduation is not required, but you must submit proof of having completed a minimum of three years of paid employment in an information technology related role.
      and
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2


Who Should Enrol?

This program has been designed for students wanting to prepare for an exciting career in information security (including network and web security) and protection. Consider this program if you have prior education in an information technology related field (required) and prior work experience in a related role (recommended).

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Roblin Centre (Prev. PSC) Aug 31, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$10,171.001
Year 2
$10,165.002
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$2,000.003
Year 2
$1,200.00
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
$17,489.004
Year 2
$17,498.005
1Includes $255 for Health and Dental Fees
2Includes $255 for Health and Dental Fees
3Includes estimate of $1200 for a laptop
4Includes approximate Health and Dental Fees
5Includes approximate Health and Dental Fees

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
8777
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada))
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8777
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
4.54.04.03.5
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.06.06.06.0
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
19181821

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-1159Building Working Relationships
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Students will learn to share technical information in written and spoken form to individuals with varying levels of technical knowledge. Learners will improve their communication and interpersonal skills so that they can collaborate and network to keep their technical expertise up to date and to find solutions. Students will practice presentation skills and will learn to conduct security training sessions. Productivity software will be used to format documents properly and to illustrate data in a way that enhances technical reports.

COMM-2159Professional Communications
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Students will further develop their abilities to convey technical information to various audiences in verbal and written form, with a focus on using persuasive language. They will also learn to document processes to preserve and share information. They will practice providing feedback to team members, resolving conflicts, mentoring others and teaching people about security best practices.

Prerequisites:
PDEV-1100Professional Development 1
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Learn and practice skills, attitudes, and behaviours that will help you to succeed in your professional career. You will reflect on your past and current learning so that you can confidently write about and discuss your skills and experiences. You will examine the role of culture on your personal and professional interactions. Most class time will be dedicated to group and class discussions.

PDEV-2100Professional Development 2
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You will improve your ability to confidently describe your skills in written and verbal form so that you can clearly convey your abilities to people in your network such as potential employers or clients.  You will also continue to develop your intercultural, interpersonal, and academic skills through activities and discussions which encourage introspection, reflection, and teamwork.

Prerequisites:
PDEV-3100Professional Development 3
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Learn professional skills that will help you to succeed in your career. Reflect on yourself and your relationship with others, including your peers, in order to develop your self-awareness. Practice self-management skills such as prioritizing, time management, goal setting, and self-motivation. You will analyze case studies to learn more about giving and receiving feedback and managing conflict in the workplace. You will further enhance the ePortfolio which you developed in previous Professional Development courses.

Prerequisites:
PROJ-2015Project Management for Information Technology
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This course is a detailed study of project management techniques and issues related to the field of information technology with specific attention to addressing the challenges surrounding software development projects. Using methodologies defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the course examines the initiation, planning, control, and closure of projects within the highly dynamic framework of iterative and incremental development methodologies, including agile approaches. Major areas of focus will involve management of communications, human resources, time, procurement, financials, risk, and quality with a guiding principle to deliver results that meet deadlines, budgets, and stakeholder exceptions.

PROJ-2022Information Security Industry Project
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(No description available at this time)

Prerequisites:
SECU-1005Security Fundamentals
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Students will learn the terminology and concepts necessary to be successful in the field of Information Security. Industry specific standards and regulations will be examined. Students will also explore the different roles and certifications that encompass this industry.

SECU-1006Cryptography
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Students will learn various aspects of cryptography as it relates to Information Systems. Students will see basic cryptographic algorithms and examples and learn modern one-way encryption and key based cryptographic communication and storage. They will implement various types of encryption on systems with the goal of benchmarking performance versus security.

SECU-1007Implementing Security Hardware 1
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Students will be prepared to implement hardware security in the network. Focusing on Unified Threat Management (UTM) devices, students will learn how to properly design and implement security architecture and controls. Students will also learn how to implement security management and analytics to monitor the effectiveness of their installation.

SECU-1009Malware Analysis
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Students will learn how to recognize and classify malware, analyze payloads and implement mitigation. Students will see basic malware examples and delivery systems. Students will develop necessary skills to use malware analysis software.

SECU-1010Network Infrastructures
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This course will provide the students with the knowledge to design and implement networking infrastructures. A focus will be placed on securing the network from the inception of the design process. This knowledge will be a foundation for courses in subsequent semesters that will enhance network security with more detailed security design and implementation of network infrastructures.

SECU-1011Practical Linux and Python
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This course will provide the skills to install, configure and use an instance of Linux in a virtualized environment, with the goal of having the necessary skills to deploy and use Linux for typical information security activities. Further, students will obtain an understanding of modifying and creating the python scripts that are necessary to automate many information security activities.

SECU-2001Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing
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Students will learn how to conduct a vulnerability assessment using relevant analysis tools. They will also learn to analyze security events and search for and identify anomalies. Usage of penetration testing tools will also be taught to perform the appropriate tests. Students will then create a penetration report from the results of the testing.

Prerequisites:
SECU-2002Web Server Security
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This course introduces students to a wide range of security topics such as how website attacks occur and who is attacking. Students will implement cryptography, web security, and understand web exploits. Emphasis will be on real world examples of vulnerabilities and how they will be exploited, as well as how to create more secure web servers and web sites.

SECU-2007Implementing Security Hardware 2
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This course continues from Implementing Security Hardware 1. Students will expand on their knowledge by evaluating and refining their security hardware infrastructure designs. Students will also learn how to protect web and mail services and implement secure wireless networks.

Prerequisites:
SECU-2008Security Risk Management
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Information security risks to organizations and infrastructures will be examined. Students will develop detailed risk analyses, assessments, produce mitigation solutions, and develop policies and procedures needed to help mitigate risk. Case studies, risk management frameworks and practical real-world examples will be used to help students identify, understand and mitigate against risk.

Prerequisites:
SECU-3001Incident Response/Forensics
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Students will conduct forensic investigations by learning to analyze forensic artifacts and data. A number of tools will be covered to assist in the investigation, such as event management tools, forensic tools and reverse engineering tools. Students will also learn how to respond to incidents and guide remediation.

Prerequisites:
SECU-3008Security Management
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Students will learn the four major areas of security management: information security governance, information risk management, information security program development and management, and information security incident management. These topics will be covered from a management perspective to effectively oversee an organization's security environment.

Prerequisites:
WRKE-2002Information Security Co-op Work Experience
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(No description available at this time)

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Laptop Delivery

The use of laptop computers is an integral part of this program. It will enhance your learning and competitiveness in the job market. This universal-access approach to learning is a shared one between students and the College. Laptop and software specifications will be provided to you by the College after you are accepted into the program to ensure the laptop complies with the program requirements.

You will be required to purchase a laptop computer with operating system for use throughout the program. Laptop and software specifications will be provided to you by the College after you are accepted into the program.

Do not purchase a laptop prior to receiving this information to ensure your laptop complies with program requirements.


Please contact our Department IT Specialist for any questions you may have about the laptop requirements:

Mitch Lazarenko
•204-232-1019 (call or text)
•mlazarenko@rrc.ca

The Information Security program will be utilizing a virtual desktop environment to provide students with access to any software packages necessary to complete the program. The College will also provide on-campus access to e-mail, College networks, Internet, and help desk support if you require assistance.

Off-campus access to the Internet is the responsibility of the student.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Information Security, all students must complete a total of 16.5 full-course equivalents (82 credit hours) within five years of the date of your initial enrolment. You are responsible for ensuring you take the appropriate courses to meet the requirements for graduation.

You must submit an application to graduate in your final term of study.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply please contact:
Enrolment Services
register@rrc.ca
Tel: 204 - 632-2327

For international students please contact:
International Education:
intled@rrc.ca
Tel: 204 - 632-2143

For detailed program information, contact:
David A. Jones
Program Coordinator
Exchange District Campus, Winnipeg
204-949-8390
E-mail: djones@rrc.ca

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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