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Cert in Cybersecurity Operations

Certificate in Cybersecurity Operations (SPA) - Springboard+

A blended year long 30 credit SPA, Level 9 (Springboard+)

Discipline: Business, Humanities and Technology

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 9

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Entry Requirements: Candidates must hold a level 8 Bachelor (Honours) degree with a minimum grade classification of H2.1 in a L8 major award or equivalent in IT/Computing or cognate area

Credits: 30

Places: 24


Free to unemployed applicants. €300 for employed applicants. (10% of full fee)

Why Study?

This SPA has been developed in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) Cyber Defense Center.

The modules, content and delivery have been created in collaboration with HPE to ensure that the required skillset is available to all organisations (cyber specific or not), to proactively and reactively mitigate against cyberattack operations.
Organisations implement security measures to protect against data loss. Risk and compliance controls implemented within an organisation often fail to protect the organisation against a cyberattack incident. In such an event, cybersecurity
operations respond to the incident and defend the compromised vulnerability.

The aim of the SPA is to educate IT practitioners in systematically responding to cyberattack incidents. It examines the tools to identify threat actors. Models and frameworks are followed to manage the response. Data analytics can use tools such as machine learning to identify anomalies in organisational IT traffic. Cybersecurity Operations involves implementing secure architecture to defend against vulnerable systems. It can be considered the stage when risk and compliance has failed

Programme Modules

  • Incident Detection & Response: 10 Credits
  • Data Analytics: 10 Credit
  • Secure Operations: 10 Credits

Essential Information: 

NOTE: This course is now closed for applications.

If approved under Springboard+, it will open for applications on in May/ June 2021.

The start date if approved would be January 2022.

Please monitor the and websites for updates.


Application Process:

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To complete your application process you must upload the following:

  1. A scanned copy of your EU Passport, or a scanned copy of your non-EU Passport with a copy of your Stamp 4 visas sinceJanuary 2017.
  2. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A copy of your Level 8 Degree/ Major Award or highest other qualification. Translated if not in English


You must also supply ONE of the following:

  • A scanned copy of a recent payslip if employed showing your PPSN, OR
  • A scanned copy of a recent payment slip if in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/ benefit, OR
  • A copy of a recent Bank Statement showing receipt of a different, eligible, Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection, OR
  • A letter from your Accountant confirming that are Self-employed, OR
  • An Affidavit signed by you and the appropriate third-party confirming that you are a Homemaker.


Further Information

For specific detail on the content of modules on this course, please see here: Certificate in Cybersecurity Operations 


Start Date:

January 2022 (date to be advised)

Blended delivery - One day per month is provided for in a classroom environment and computer lab.

This is OPTIONAL but does give the student an environment to discuss module content.  Computer labs are used to examine cyber analytical tools, frameworks, models, machine learning and investigative platforms.  However this lab work will need to be replicated asynchronously for
self-directed research in modules.

One day per term is MANDATORY to assess the abilities of the student to present continuous assessment work on each of the modules.  This ensures that timelines are being adhered to and the presentation of their work contributes significantly to the module’s overall assessment marks.

This course and other Springboard+ courses are developed in the context of the Institute’s regional remit to provide access to Higher Education in the region


Entry Requirements

Students will have to meet the entry requirements as indicated in GMIT’s Academic Code of Practice No. 4
(Access,Transfer and Progression), at any given time.

Recognition of Prior Learning may be used to gain access to this programme in accordance with GMIT’s Recognition of Prior Learning policy.  RPL application is via the website.



Please Note

Free to unemployed recipients (e.g. job-seekers, carers, one-parent families, etc.). For full list please see

For employed participants on courses of NFQ Level 7, 8 or 9, 90% of the course fee is paid by the HEA.  Participants will be liable for the remaining 10% fee.

Fees will be due once a place has been accepted


Contact Us


Dr Seamus Dowling

Programme Chair



Peter Butler
Graduate Studies & Professional Development

+353 (0)85 805 3691  09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday



Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020