Diploma in Cybersecurity Specialist Co-op – Toronto

Our personal data is now digitized and connected, so it is essential to be able to ensure its security.

Businesses, agencies, and individuals require the services of the best experts to design solutions, perform penetration tests, and ensure the overall security of the digital infrastructure of their business operations. This one-year cybersecurity program is ideal for those looking to become familiar with all aspects of cyber security such as blockchain, big data and the IoT (Internet of Things). 

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Trebas Institute’s Diploma in Cybersecurity Specialist Co-op program will train you in best practices in computer security. This will give you the tools and skills to participate in the development of models, systems, or resources to protect computer data.

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720 Hours

12 Months (36 instructional weeks)


Daytime classes

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Cyber Security Co-op Opportunities

This program concludes with a 240-hour co-op work placement, providing you with hands-on experience in this rewarding and stimulating sector. We will help you find a workplace that suits your own learning needs and career goals and show you how to make the most out of your work placement. This opportunity could include one of the following positions:

  • IT Analyst
  • Information Technology (IT) security specialist
  • Cybersecurity Specialist

Program Overview

Introduction to Cybersecurity - 60h

This module is designed to provide you with basic knowledge of the cyber world. The module will enable you to understand the darknet, hackers' motivations, the principles of cyber attacks, and various advanced technologies.

Computer Networks - 60h

This unit will review the structure of the personal computer, basic concepts in data communications, the 7 layers model, working with server software, remote and direct access, and VPNs.

Communications, Operation Systems and Data Management - 60h

This unit focuses on advanced computer communication topics such as monitoring and analyzing network traffic, operating systems (with emphasis on Linux and Windows) and data archives management and development (including Structured Query Language (SQL) and Mobile-cyber).

Programming Languages for Cybersecurity - 60h

This unit will include web technologies, basic HTML development, and basic programming with python.

Concepts and Practical Implication of Encryption - 60h

This module will focus on the technology of cryptography and the available techniques, limitations and common problems. It covers the theory and application of methods available to secure information, computers and networks. It will also explore legal issues involved with cryptography.

Information Security in the Cyber World - 60h

In this module, you will become familiar with scanning networks, sites and computers for vulnerabilities and attacks. This module will also cover weaknesses in information security (hardware, software, and infrastructure) and data and cyber protection technologies, tools and leading companies.

Penetration Testing - 60h

This module is designed to provide you with basic skills to conduct and build penetration testing infrastructure that includes all the hardware, software, network infrastructure, and tools needed to conduct a penetration test. 

Hackathon - 60h

This module will cover tactics for managing and synchronizing a multiplayer cyber event: SOC, NOC, ISP, MSSP, and communication strategies as a tool to manage and prevent a crisis during cyber-attacks.

Work Placement

At the conclusion of the program, you are required to complete 240 hours of work placement in a suitable business environment. Appropriate business sectors for placement would include IT services, insurance, finance, accounting, not-for-profit and administration. Activities performed will vary depending on the work placement site. Key responsibilities include observing all workplace and school safety and security procedures, dressing appropriately for the placement experience, interacting with the placement staff respectfully, learning about the work environment, and participating in daily tasks as required. You will also be supervised by a placement host.

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Skills and Competencies

Throughout this Cybersecurity Specialist Co-op Diploma Program, in Toronto, you will develop the following skills and competencies:

  • Learn to use tools such as Wireshark
  • Learn Python programming language, SQL, Hyper-V, and mobile simulators/ emulators to perform cybersecurity lab experiments
  • Assess risks to improve the security posture of an organization
  • Respond to security alerts and fix flaws in computer systems and networks
  • Utilize technologies to prevent cyberattacks
  • Real-world work experience

Career Outlook

According to Mordor Intelligence, the Canadian cybersecurity market is expected to grow 12.8% from 2022 to 2027, leading to more job opportunities for those graduating from cybersecurity specialist programs. These opportunities are compounded by the cyber security Toronto-Waterloo corridor, the biggest tech cluster outside of Silicon Valley, and the need for cybersecurity experts in businesses and government institutions of all sizes. Upon successful completion of the Cybersecurity Specialist Co-op Diploma Program, you can enter this thriving marketing in one of the following roles:


  • Informatics Security Analyst
  • Systems Security Analyst
  • IT Analyst
  • Information Technology (IT) security specialist
  • Cybersecurity Specialist



CAD Median annual salary in Canada (jobbank.gc.ca).



Billion USD of revenue generated in 2023 in this industry (Statista report, accessed 05/2023).



New job openings across Canada between now and 2031 (jobbank.gc.ca).

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1. How long is this diploma in cyber security?

The program duration is 12 months (720 hours), full time.

2. Is cyber security a high paying career?

In Canada, the median salary for cyber security analysts is $42.16 per hour or $87,700 annually (source: jobbank.gc.ca).

3. What are the requirements to enrol in this Diploma in cyber security Co-op program?

  • Have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent or
  • Be at least 18 years of age and pass the Wonderlic Test (with a minimum score of 15)
  • Functional in spoken and written English
  • For non-native English speakers - English proficiency requirements: Successful completion of GCAS Level 4, IELTS 5.5 or equivalent


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