launch a career in cyber security

about the cyber security program

The Cyber Security program consists of two courses: Survey of Information Security, and CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501).

In the Survey of Information Security series you will learn fundamental information security concepts such as confidentiality, integrity, and availability, as well as cryptography basics. You will also learn the different approaches to network and systems security, as well as the various types of security assessments including risk assessments, vulnerability assessments, penetration tests, and threat modeling. By the end of the course you will know the purpose of security compliance and the major compliance standards.

The CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501) series will teach you how to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks and devices. You will be able to perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques, as well as participate in risk mitigation activities and operate with an awareness of policies, laws and regulations. Important note: These courses will also help you prepare for the CompTIA Security+ (exam code SY0-501), but does not include the exam.

The program is approximately 43 hours of coursework and flows at a pace determined by each individual participant. To get the most from the experience, these two courses are designed to be completed within 12 weeks, about 3-4 hours per week.

Students will also have the option of participating in professional development sessions over zoom, and connecting with Skills for Hire teaching assistants over slack. Find out more about our Skills for Hire professional development here.

program timeline

Week 1

  • Survey of Information Security
  • Introduction to Information Security (2h 53m)
  • Cryptography: The Big Picture¬†(1h 24m)


Week 2

  • Security Architecture and Design: The Big Picture (4h 24m)


Week 3

  • Incident Detection and Response: The Big Picture (1h 3m)
  • Digital Forensics: The Big Picture (1h 13m)


Week 4

  • Security Management: The Big Picture (3h)
  • Vulnerability Management: The Big Picture (1h 37m)


Week 5

  • Penetration Testing: The Big Picture (2h 22m)
  • Threat Modeling: The Big Picture (1h 5m)
  • Information Systems Auditing: The Big Picture (1h 33m)


Week 6

  • Security Compliance: The Big Picture (1h 42m)
  • ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security: The Big Picture (2h 20m)


Week 7

  • CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501)
  • Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities for CompTIA Security+ (3h 23m)


Week 8

  • Technologies and Tools for CompTIA Security+ (3h 52m)


Week 9

  • Architecture and Design for CompTIA Security+ (4h 15m)


Week 10

  • Identity and Access Management for CompTIA Security+ (1h 40m)


Week 11

  • Risk Management for CompTIA Security+ (3h 21m)


Week 12

  • Cryptography and PKI for CompTIA Security+ (1h 53m)

“Skills for Hire is an excellent opportunity provided for students. I thank Digital Nova Scotia and Skills for Hire for the opportunity and the excellent course material provided. The Cyber Security course has enhanced my knowledge on the fundamentals of Cyber Security. I am preparing for the CompTIA Security+ exam currently and this course is a great addition to my preparation. I plan to change my career into the Cyber Security space and this course has helped me immensely to gain the required knowledge. Thank you Skills for Hire!”

– Vijay Kumar Ayyannamahanty, Former Skills for Hire Student

Cyber Security

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