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Cert in Cybersecurity Operations

Certificate in Cybersecurity Operations (SPA)

A blended year long 30 credit SPA, Level 9 (Springboard+) - January 2021 (Subject to Validation)

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

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 (RPL) can be used as a means to gain entry to the programme, or gain exemptions in accordance with Code of Practice No. 6

(Policy and Procedures for the Recognition of Prior Learning). Prior learning can be certified or experiential, and will be assessed in accordance with the code.

Other Essential Information: 

Applications are via the springboard website

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.


Start Date:

January 2021 (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


Springboard+ Fees - FREE for those classified as unemployed.

The Springboard+ Fee for employed participants is €300.

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

Discipline: Computing

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 9

Category: Springboard/ICT Skills


Dr Seamus Dowling

Programme Chair





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

Places: 24

Programme Duration: One year