Cyber Security Intelligence

Faculty of Information Technology and Security Intelligence – National Higher Certificate – Cyber Security Intelligence NQF Level 5120 Credits

Higher Education Certificate – Cyber Security Intelligence NQF Level 5

Computer Securitycybersecurity or information technology security (IT security) is the protection of computer systems and networks from the theft of or damage to their hardwaresoftware, 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 smartphonestelevisions, 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
Encryption Techniques
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

Entry Requirements

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.

Course Duration

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.

Career Options

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.
  • Cryptographer.
  • Cryptanalyst.
  • Cyber Security Consultant.

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