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  • Two year advanced diploma
  • Fall entry date
  • Classes take place between 8 am and 6 pm
  • Classes are held on campus on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday mornings and online on Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays, and Fridays
  • 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.

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.

The Information Security graduate: 

  • Manages projects to implement security solutions that align with business strategy. 
  • Develops interpersonal skills and political acumen to skillfully collaborate, provide feedback, teach others, and network with professionals in the field. 
  • Learns continuously to maintain skills and knowledge related to the field of information security through continuous learning. 
  • Displays ethical reasoning to ensure proper application of knowledge. 
  • Conveys technical information in written and spoken form to individuals with varying levels of technical knowledge. 
  • Uses critical and creative thinking skills to troubleshoot, solve problems, find information and make decisions. 
  • Complies with federal, provincial and industry-specific standards, regulations, and legislation. 
  • Establishes web and database security to ensure proper website security frameworks. 
  • Conducts code reviews to demonstrate secure and vulnerable code sets. 
  • Conducts vulnerability assessments using relevant analysis tools. 
  • Installs security tools and automates system activities using Python/Linux Shell scripts. 
  • Develops detailed risk analyses, assessments, and produces solutions to help mitigate risk. 
  • Designs, implements, and evaluates security architecture, controls, and solutions to ensure implementation of enterprise-wide security solutions. 
  • Conducts forensic investigations, responds to security incidents, and guides remediation to gather detailed information for remediation and to mitigate further incidents. 

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.
The college requires transcripts verifying your complete academic history including any public or private high school, college, university, or technical institute you have attended.


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  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Ensure you keep your original documents as the College may request to see them at any time.
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  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 15 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

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.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
      Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
      • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

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.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

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 )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Please Note: 3 year expiry date for Nursing Program Applicants
LSI (Language Studies International)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
Password Skills (An in person English Language Assessment hosted by RRC Polytech)
This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $139 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), Password Skills Plus can be taken online. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
Password Skills Plus (Password Skills Plus is an online assessment that can be taken instead of Password Skills. )
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

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 26, 2024 Apply Now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Year 2
Books and Supplies
Year 1
Year 2
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
Year 2
1Includes $255 for Health and Dental Fees
2Includes $255 for Health and Dental Fees
3Includes an estimate of $1600 for the purchase of 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, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech 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 Polytechnic 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.

Courses and Descriptions

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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 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.

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. You will start an ePortfolio which you’ll continue to develop during your studies in this program. Most class time will be dedicated to group and class discussions.

PDEV-2100Professional Development 2RPL
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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.  Development of your ePortfolio will continue in this course.

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 and intercultural competence. Practice self-management skills such as prioritizing, time management, goal setting, and self-motivation. Development of your ePortfolio will continue in this course.

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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Industry Project provides real world experience in performing an ICT (Information/Communication Technology) project requiring cross-functional teamwork while meeting client requirements and providing deliverables agreed to in the Project Charter. Each project team will evaluate, analyze, plan, research, model, design, document, develop, test, and manage a project. Project requirements could include new development, research, or providing new functionality to an existing system. The course provides practice to further develop interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills through teamwork and collaboration with project stakeholders. All team members will enhance their critical thinking, problem solving, research, independence, and life-long learning skills. After completion of Term 3 of the IS Program, students must complete Industry Project or Co-op. 

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.

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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 Infrastructure
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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 introduces a variety of topics to build students’ skills and understanding of networking, Windows Server, and Security Architecture. The course also introduces networking devices and the Cisco IOS software. Students will learn how networks are set up, how devices are configured, how communication takes place on a network and the basics of implementing network security best practices which will enhance the students’ confidence in communicating their knowledge and work in networking-related professions. Students will install and configure Windows Server Active Directory which will include maintaining users and groups. Students will create and secure file shares in a Windows Server environment. Students will install Windows client software and configure the client to be part of the domain which will allow them to perform testing to demonstrate security compliance. Students will design and demonstrate a secure small/medium sized network which will incorporate their knowledge of networks, servers and security best practices.

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.

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-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.

SECU-2009Security Architecture
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The discipline of security architecture is a systematic, holistic and repeatable process for securing the enterprise. This course will introduce students to what security architecture is, why it is useful, who creates it, and approaches used to create it. Students will become familiar with security architecture in practice through the creation of architectural artifacts.

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.

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.

WRKE-2002Information Security Co-Op Work Exp Experience
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Computer/Laptop Requirements

You need a laptop computer that meets the specifications for the program. These requirements are higher than for other programs at RRC Polytech, so you need to review them before purchasing your computer.

You need to bring your laptop to all classes that take place on campus. The College provides free high speed internet access on campus. For online classes, you are responsible for your own high speed internet connection.

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

Graduation Requirements

Effective as of the 2019-2020 Catalogue year:

To graduate from Information Security, all students must complete a total of 16.5 full-course equivalents and 1 work experience for a total of 84 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.
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