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HDip Cybersecurity Risk & Compliance

Higher Diploma in Science in Cybersecurity Risk & Compliance

A 60 credit higher diploma designed for professionals to upskill in the legal, technical and best practice concepts surrounding the implementation of cyber security risk and compliance within an organisation

Discipline: Computing

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Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 8

Programme Duration: One year

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Application Route: Apply through

Entry Requirements: level 8 major award or equivalent in a non-cognate area. The applicant must have a working knowledge of Information Technology as evidenced by a level 8 standard or equivalent non-cognate area or relevant work experience.

Credits: 60

Places: 24


Free to unemployed applicants. €600 for employed applicants.

For ful eligibility criteria see

Why Study?

The higher diploma 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 to implement cybersecurity risk and compliance.

This major award aims to educate IT practitioners in risks associated with protecting an organisation against cyber-attacks.


NOTE: This course is now closed for applications.

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

The next start date (if approved) would be September 2021

Please monitor the website for updates as to which course are funded under Springboard+2021 and when applications will open on

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

Programme Modules

  • Research Method in IT -- download module details here (PDF) 
  • Data Protection - Law and Compliance - download module details here (PDF)
  • Cyber Security Architecture - download module details here (PDF)
  • Secure Information and Event Management - download module details here (PDF)
  • CyberSecurity Governance, Risk and Compliance - download module details here (PDF)
  • Cybersecurity Risk and Compliance Project - download module details here (PDF)

Learning Outcomes: 

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

1. Have an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of advanced concepts pertaining to the risks associated with cyber threats, the architecture to mitigate against these threats and software to monitor organisational data events that can indicate cyber breaches.

2. Have comprehensive, contextual knowledge and understanding of the frameworks and models associated with cybersecurity governance, risk and compliance and the legal requirements pertaining to organisational data protection.

3. Explain data protection, law and compliance pertaining to current legislation and associated risks governing cybersecurity within an organisation.

4. Describe current, leading edge secure architecture, SIEM software and platforms to develop solutions based on current academic and industrial research.

5. Design complex cybersecurity systems and SIEM programmes based on current SOTA concepts

6. Deploy appropriate theory, practices and tools for governance risk & compliance whilst adhering to data protection legislation

7. Conduct research in topics in cybersecurity risk & compliance under close supervision and guidance.

8. Exercise judgement to identify and select appropriate strategies to implement cybersecurity risk & compliance within an organisation, ensuring compliance with current data legislation

9. Evaluate architectural solutions in terms of cybersecurity resilience and general quality attributions in terms of SIEM systems

10. Select and implement measures to address identified risks associated with organisational data and to adopt appropriate professional, ethical and legal practices to ensure compliance

11. Apply best practice to develop an appropriate risk & compliance programme for an organisation.

12. Act effectively and choose an appropriate response to apply creative and diagnostic skills when analysing SIEM solutions and the impact of new technologies to secure an organisations infrastructure

13. Work in both an international and organisational context when examining associated data legislation to ensure appropriate governance risk & compliance

14. Interact effectively with all staff (end users, IT security, R&C, legal and management groups) at all levels of an organisation to ensure secure infrastructure, incident response and compliance

15. Work effectively as an autonomous individual, under guidance with qualified practitioners, whilst developing a risk & compliance programme

16. Identify limitations of own knowledge in the context of mutable data legislation, evolving malware and new and emerging architectures and software solutions. 17. Select and apply appropriate research skills to appraise software platforms and technology, models and frameworks to create a risk & compliance programme.

18. Identify and appropriately address ethical issues associated with current data legislation, secure systems and organisational data events

19. Identify and appropriately address ethical issues associated with implementing risk & compliance programmes.


Follow-on Studies: 

On successful completion learners may progress onto the level 9 Masters in Cybersecurity Operations in GMIT or similar course offerings.

Essential Information: 

Application Process:

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Contact Us

School:                              School of Business

Department:                      Department of Business,  Humanities and 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

085 805 3691 from 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 2021-2027