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Cert in Cybersecurity Operations

Certificate in Cybersecurity Operations (Springboard)

Discipline: Business, Humanities and Technology

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 9

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Application Route: Apply through

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.

For full eligibility criteria see

Why Study?

  • This Certificate has been developed in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprises (HPE) Cyber Defence 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 Certificate 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.

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 website for an announcement in May/ June as to which courses are funded in 2021 and when applications will open on

Eligibility criteria for Springboard courses can be viewed here (PDF)


Programme Modules

  • Programming for cybersecurity  - download module details here (PDF)
  • Incident detection and response - download module details here (PDF)
  • Secure Operations:  - download module details here (PDF)

Learning Outcomes: 

On successful completion of this programme the learner will/should be able to:

1. The learner will have expert knowledge of one or more current, incident detection and response methodologies that use state-of-the-art data collection and analytical tools

2. The learner will have expert knowledge of programming in a cybersecurity context.

3. The learner will have critical awareness of current tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) associated with Criminal Cyber Groups, Nation States, and Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups and demonstrate a critical understanding of intelligence in cybersecurity operations to detect and respond to ongoing incidents.

4. The learner will be able to communicate to a range of audiences in both written and verbal media about new and emerging theories and technologies in an articulate and convincing fashion, relating to incident detection and response methodologies, programming languages and secure architecture.

5. The learner will be able to integrate knowledge of various technologies and computing principles to successfully plan and develop an incident detection and response policy

6. The learner will develop new cybersecurity operational skills to a high level, involving novel and emerging techniques in programming and IT architectural security.

7. The learner will be able to analyse and document measures to detect and respond to Cyber Threats

8. The learner will be able to design and implement applications and secure configurations that requires significant preliminary research.

9. The learner will be able to initiate, lead and manage projects of significant complexity involving multidisciplinary cybersecurity operational teams

10. The learner will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of continuing personal development in incident detection and response, associated programming languages and secure IT architecture

11. The learner will be able to demonstrate a critical appreciation of the design issues associated with cybersecurity operations within an organisation and the wider social context.

Essential Information: 

Further Information

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


Start Date:

January 2022 if approved under Springboard 2021



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.




300 Euros for employed applicants. Free to unemployed. For full eligibility criteria please see



Contact Us


School:                          School of Business

Department:                  Department of Business, Humanities & Technology

Head of Department:    Michael GIll

Programme Chair         Dr Seamus Dowling


Contact person for admissions

Peter Butler
Graduate Studies & Professional Development
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road
Galway City

+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