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Computer Security and Investigations

The Computer Security and Investigations program is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to take a leadership role in the protection and security of information technology.

Program Information

Start Date

September 03, 2024

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Accepting Applications

Program Code

CSI

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Contact

Mamdouh Mina

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$3772.71 per semester*

International Tuition

$10588.51 per semester*

View Curriculum

January 06, 2025

Domestic Availability

Accepting Applications

International Availability

Accepting Applications

Program Code

CSI

Delivery

In Person

Credential

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Contact

Mamdouh Mina

Program Coordinator

Domestic Tuition

$3772.71 per semester*

International Tuition

$10588.51 per semester*

*Domestic tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

*International tuition amounts shown are from the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change.

View Curriculum

The Computer Security and Investigations program is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to take a leadership role in the protection and security of information technology. Your classes are regularly reviewed and improved to be the most current subjects demanded by the industry, such as:

  • Advanced Ethical Hacking
  • Incident Response
  • Vulnerability, Threat and Risk Analysis
  • Information Security
  • Advanced Computer Forensics
  • Internet and Hacking Investigations
  • Open Source Intelligence
  • CISCO Network Design and Management
  • Network Security

In addition to these cutting-edge subjects, you will also learn how to assess technical risk, develop systems and processes, to manage the risks associated with information technology, and be capable of providing technical assistance to prevent, investigate, and protect individuals and organizations from cyber-crime. Your studies will be from a security management and hands on technical perspective, with emphasis placed on the skills required to implement information technology security, and the investigative skills necessary to respond appropriately to breaches of security.

You will have the added benefit of courses in law and justice, taking advantage of Fleming College's reputation and experience in these fields, in addition to obtaining the technical training you need to function as a cyber security consultant. In this three-year program, the final sixth semester is an applied project or field placement in partnership with business and, industry, or government department.

* Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.

Fleming has a well-known track record of producing talented graduates in the area of Cyber Security; you will acquire the best we have to offer and develop both technical skills and a security mindset, a winning combination that will put you on the road to success as an in-demand computer security specialist.

There are no other programs like this in Ontario. The CSI program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to prepare you for industry certification in the Cyber Security, Computer Forensics, Incident Response and Secure Networking disciplines. As you progress through the program you will gain the skills required for you to become industry certified in a number of areas, including:

  • CCNA – Cisco Certified Network Architect
  • CCE – Certified Computer Examiner
  • Security+
  • Network+
  • A+
  • Linux+
  • MCSA - Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate
  • CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional (student level qualification)
  • CEH - Certified Ethical Hacker

In your final semester, you will work on an intensive team project or field placement. Each student will contribute specialized knowledge, learned in their program of study, to the solution of a real world technological problem posed by a sponsoring business or organization. Recent projects include:

  • Field placements in Security Operations Centres (SOCs) as security analysts, conducting analysis and protection against cyber threats in real time
  • Field placements within financial and forensic firms, working real cases
  • Field placements within corporate security departments and information security service providers
  • Field Placements within cyber security units of various government agencies
  • Security and penetration testing engagements with industry organizations
  • Forensic analysis and creation of standards for a security corporation
  • Development and field deployment of a computer network Intrusion Detection System for a managed security service company to support large commercial clients

This applied project or field placement will enhance problem-solving skills, applied industry knowledge, and the ability to work as part of a team. You'll also learn critical workplace skills such as time management, how to map a critical path, and presentation skills. Since you may be working on sophisticated developmental or research-based work, sponsors will often use the project as a testing ground and recruitment opportunity.

  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • good problem solving skills
  • creative and analytical thinking skills
  • strong interest in computers and technology
  • able to keep a cool head in a crisis
  • research and investigative skills and interest
  • desire to learn and be challenged
  • strong time management skills

Career opportunities are available in both public and private sector organizations. Job titles include:

  • Information Technology Security Analyst
  • Security Operations Centre Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Computer Security Consultant
  • Penetration Tester
  • Cyber Investigator
  • Data Security Specialist
  • Network Security Specialist
  • Blue Team Analyst
  • Computer Forensics Examiner

Starting salaries for many IT security positions are in the range of $54,000 to $70,000. Industry surveys identify that IT security professionals are in strong demand, and professionals with the security skills you will acquire, consistently earn higher than average incomes among IT professionals.

Do you have another college diploma, or have you completed other technology courses at another college or university? You may be eligible for advanced standing entry to the Computer Security and Investigations program. With this fast track option, you can quickly complete the program and become qualified to enter the field of computer security. Contact the program coordinator to find out how you can take advantage of this opportunity.

  • Conduct "threat risk" analysis of an organization's IT assets to determine vulnerabilities and develop appropriate countermeasures.
  • Develop and justify information security policies and procedures for a corporation or institution to mitigate the risk and meet operational requirements.
  • Manage and facilitate the implementation of information security policies and procedures.
  • Conduct analysis of the effectiveness and appropriateness of information security policies, procedures and technology in a changing environment.
  • Report and investigate information security breaches and crimes using the appropriate internal and external resources.
  • Select, assess and implement appropriate security countermeasures for IT assets, such as communication networks, computer hardware and software, to provide protection and support the objectives of the organization.
  • Develop, implement and manage information security emergency plans, disaster recovery plans and business recovery plans.
  • Document, prepare and assist in the presentation of evidence in court cases in compliance with criminal law, rules of evidence and the Charter of Rights and Freedom.
  • Assess information gathering skills used in basic investigative techniques.
  • Work in a manner consistent with all relevant law and legislation and professional, organizational and ethical standards.
  • Distinguish criminal, civil and administrative components of the justice.
  • Make decisions and take courses of action that reflect sound ethical and moral standards of conduct.
  • Develop life long learning habits through the pursuit of interdisciplinary areas of study related to social and cultural understanding, civil life, personal understanding, science and technology, and arts in society.

Students applying to Computer Security and Investigations must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English and Gr 12 C Math

PC / Windows

  • Operating System:
    Windows 10 Professional
  • Processor:
    Core i5 7th Gen (i7 10th Gen recommended) OR Ryzen5 Mobile 4000 series (Ryzen7 4000 series recommended)
  • Memory:
    16GB minimum (32+ GB recommended)
  • Hard Disk:
    1TB (SSD recommended)

Internet Connection: 40 Mbps Download and 10 Mbps Upload (minimum). Unlimited bandwidth capacity.

Students are required to have their own computer, internet access, webcam and microphone.

Some required software applications are not available for MAC OS or Chromebook.

Computer must be virtual machine capable. No tablets or Chromebooks for lab work.

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Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized here.

Bachelor of Science
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Human Science
Requirement
  • Completion of the program.
Transfer Credit
  • 30 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to the articulation statement for further details.

To apply please see the Apply Alberta website.

For more information

Visit the Athabasca University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Information Technology (3Yr)
Requirement
  • Minimum 65% cumulative program average.
  • The program is offered face-to-face (Nathan campus or Gold Coast campus) or online.
Transfer Credit
  • 160 credit points out of a 240 credit point degree Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the Griffith University's admissions website.

For more information

Visit the Griffith University website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • 60 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Commerce
Requirement
  • Minimum mid-70% cumulative program average.
  • Completion of the Ontario Tech Commerce Bridge.
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree.
  • Refer to ONTransfer.ca for further details.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Ontario Tech University website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 5th semester standing in an 8-semester program.

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Visit the Seneca College website for further articulation and program information.

Visit the ONTransfer.ca website for agreement information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Networks & System Management
Requirement
  • Minimum 60% cumulative program average.
Transfer Credit
  • Entry into 4th-year studies of a 4-year program.
  • Refer to the articulation agreement for further details.

To apply please see the Technological University of the Shannon: Midwest's international website.

For more information

Visit the Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest website for further articulation and program information.

See the official articulation agreement.

Program Code: AI

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Professor: Computer Security Investigations

Get ready to meet Mamdouh Mina, the dynamic Program Coordinator behind Fleming College's Computer Security and Investigations (CSI) program! With a diverse background spanning from running his own Internet Service Provider (ISP) company to managing large-scale government projects, Mamdouh has a wealth of experience in the computer field. His specialties include researching and acquiring unique solutions to seemingly impossible problems, data security and privacy, project management (including agile project management and project team coaching), network design, network forensics and investigation, cybersecurity, risk assessment, data backup, and wireless solutions. He loves to solve challenges and believes that there is always a way to tackle even the most daunting problems.

But what really sets Mamdouh apart is his unwavering dedication to his students. Since taking on the role of Program Coordinator in early 2021, he has been on a mission to modernize and energize the CSI program, keeping it in line with the latest trends and technologies in computer security. This unique program encompasses a wide variety of computer security topics, including investigations, forensics, and cybersecurity, all in one 3-year program that is well-balanced and unique. Mamdouh is passionate about making a positive impact in his community, and he is working on ways to offer applied projects that benefit both students and the local community through the CSI program.

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