Faculty of Information Technology and Security Intelligence – National Higher Certificate – Cyber Security Intelligence NQF Level 5 – 120 Credits
Higher Education Certificate – Cyber Security Intelligence NQF Level 5
Computer Security, cybersecurity or information technology security (IT security) is the protection of computer systems and networks from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.
The field is becoming more important due to increased reliance on computer systems, the Internet and wireless network standards such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and due to the growth of “smart” devices, including smartphones, televisions, and the various devices that constitute the “Internet of things“. Owing to its complexity, both in terms of politics and technology, cybersecurity is also one of the major challenges in the contemporary world.
Course annual Cost : R25 000
Monthly Payments : R2 000 (12 Months)
Once off registration Fee : R2 000
First Semester Theoretical Modules : February – July
Module 1: Introduction to Cyber Security Intelligence (CSI 111)
History of Cyber Security
Cyber Laws, Crime and Internet Security
Understanding Servers and Data Security
Wired and Wireless Security
Cyber Security Management
Understanding Cyber Security
Module 2: Introduction to Cryptography and Security Tactics (CST 111)
Cyber Security Coding Languages
Digital signatures and Identities
Attacks and Vulnerabilities
Module 3: Introduction to Cyber Security Data Handling and Forensics (CSDHF 111)
Databases and Data Manipulation
Data forensic investigations
Handling of digital evidence
Ethical Hacking – Black vs White Hackers
Digital Tracing and Tracking
Module 4: Introduction to Malicious Software, Modern Cyber Wars and Regulations (MSCWR 111)
Spyware and Malware
Understanding Hacking Programming Languages
Understanding Cyber Security Jargon
Practical Hacking Scenarios – Introduction to Ethical Hacking
Understanding Modern Cyber Warfares
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Cyber Security Ethics, Regulations and Laws
Module 5 – Critical Infrastructure Ethical Hacking and Protection
Understanding the importance of protecting critical infrastructure
Protecting power plants
Protecting electricity grids
Protecting Medical systems
Protecting water treatment systems
Protecting educational systems
Module 12– Communications and Self Development (ComSelf 111)
Learning and Reading
How to Study Effectively
Virtual and Face to Face Presentations
Time Management Tactics
Financial Management Tactics
Understanding Self Development
Ethics and Psychology
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Mid term exams – Theoretical learning
Second Semester – Work integrated learning modules
Module 6 – Practical Ethical Hacking and Protection Tactics (PEHPT 211)
Module 7 – Computer Ethical Hacking and Protection (CEHP 211)
Module 8 – Power plants and electricity grids (PPEG 211)
Module 9 – Water treatment and sewerage systems (WTSS 211)
Module 10 – Medical systems and educational systems (MEDEDS 211)
Module 11 – National Intelligence Security Systems (NISS 211)
Final Term Exams – Theoretical and Work Integrated learning
National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma or Higher Certificate entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification or international school-leaving certificate on an NSC level (NQF 4) confirmed by SAQA.
National Certificate (Vocational) level four issued by the Council of General, Further Education, and Training.
This course takes a minimum of one year and maximum of 3 years.
Theoretical work is covered over a period of six months from enrollment from January until June. Practical work takes six months and begins in August until January the next year.
Students enrolling in July start theoretical work from July until December. Practical work commences in January and ends in June.
Course Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, graduates will be able to understand the mechanism and techniques of Cyber Security Intelligence. Graduates will have the technical skills to create anti viruses, fight, maintain and fix different types of spyware and malware from Trojan attacks to extreme viruses that affect critical infrastructure like Power plants, Electricity grids, Water plants and Sewerage systems, Medical systems and National Security Intelligence systems.
Graduates will be able to code, programme and analyse computer and software technicalities to detect and fix attacks and vulnerabilities and maintain different types of Cyber Security Intelligence systems and softwares.
Graduates will be conferred with an NQF Level 5 qualification that will enable them to pursue further NQF Level 6 and 7 in the respected field. Graduates will also have the necessary technical skills to enter the job market while in the process of completing their Diploma or Degrees.
There are hundreds of job titles in cyber security, but some of the top positions include:
- Cyber Security Analyst.
- Cyber Security Engineer.
- Cyber Security Architect.
- Cyber Security Administrator.
- Cyber Security Software Developer.
- Cyber Security Consultant.
Is the future of civilization’s critical infrastructure at risk??