Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks, including 7.5 hours of live online sessions. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on coursework. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth. 

This course will provide an introduction to the basics of cybersecurity for organizations. Learners will review the laws governing privacy and security, different methods available for safeguarding information, as well as types of cybersecurity threats. The course will also explore best practices for protecting data, ethical and legal considerations, and emerging threats and trends in the realm of cybersecurity.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Module 2: Network Security
  • Module 3: Malware and Antivirus Software
  • Module 4: Password Management
  • Module 5: Privacy and Security
  • Module 6: Information Management Guidelines
  • Module 7: Physical Security
  • Module 8: Social Engineering
  • Module 9: Cryptography and Encryption
  • Module 10: Risk Management, Incident Response, and Disaster Recovery
  • Module 11: Ethical and Legal Considerations
  • Module 12: Emerging Threats and Trends

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

  • understand the importance of cybersecurity
  • have an awareness of types of cybersecurity threats faced by organizations
  • be familiar with systems and best practices for safeguarding information
  • be able to create risk management plans and risk mitigation strategies for your organization's cybersecurity
  • know the ethical and legal considerations of cybersecurity
  • recognize emerging threats and trends in cybersecurity


The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Recommended For

This course is recommended for non-IT professionals in both the public and private sectors who would like to gain a better understanding of cybersecurity considerations in today's workplace.
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Section Title
Online - Self-Paced
Apr 05, 2024 to Jun 28, 2024
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $1,045.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone will be required for live sessions.
Section Notes

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. There will also be 5 facilitated online sessions - days and times to be announced at a future date. Attendance at live sessions is required to obtain the full participation grade for the course.

The course site will be open at 4:00 PM Atlantic Time on the course start date.

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