Specialist Diploma in Cybersecurity Practice

Offered by School of InfoComm Technology

Post-Diploma / 1 Year / TGS-2024041436

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

The Specialist Diploma in Cybersecurity Practice (SDCP) course begins by training students in foundational cloud and server administration, and IT networking skills, which are essential to embark on a career in cybersecurity. Students are then trained in core offensive and defensive skills such as vulnerability assessment and penetration testing, digital forensics investigation, cyber incident handling and response, and cyber governance, risk, and compliance.

This course is intended for participants who want to reskill into cybersecurity career, but do not have experience in IT Networking and server administration.

The SDCP course equips students with technical skills and competencies listed in Skills Framework (SFw) for ICT – Cyber Security Track, to carry out critical work functions and key tasks, for the job role of an Associate Security Analyst, or for an entry level/junior position in the following job roles: Cyber Risk Analyst, Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing Analyst, Security Operations Analyst, Forensics Investigator, and Security Engineer.

#Specialist Diploma in Cybersecurity Practice will receive an exemption of up to 12 subject credits on SUTD’s Cybersecurity ModularMaster Certificate in Cybersecurity Details can be found on SUTD website here.

Modules offered for Jun/Jul Intake

  • AI tools & techniques for Cybersecurity – Part of Post-Diploma Certificate in Server Administration and IT Networking (SDCS1) – Class dates: 13 Jul 2024 (evening classes)*

*You are required sign up for the Specialist Diploma in Cyber Security Practice if you are keen on joining this post-diploma programme. Completion of this module/certification is a standalone. The next intake for this programme is in Oct 2024.

Learning Outcomes

  • Respond to cyber security queries.
  • Implement cyber security standards and policies.
  • Facilitate cyber security compliance.
  • Perform cyber risk assessment activities based on risk assessment plans.
  • Implement cyber security systems.
  • Optimize cyber security system performance.
  • Conduct vulnerability assessment and penetration testing activities.
  • Maintain cyber security operations.
  • Monitor cyber security systems.
  • Implement cyber incident response strategies.
  • Respond to cyber security incidents.
  • Conduct forensic analysis and investigations to determine the causes of security incidents.


Course Date: 9 Mar 2024
Application Period: 2 Jan – 15 Feb 2024
Class Day(s): Tue, Thu & Sat
Delivery Mode: Synchronous Learning
Venue: Online

Schedule for Mar 2024 Intake

Semester 1(PDC1 – 4modules) 9 March – 23 Sep 2024 (TBA)

Semester 2(PDC2 – 4 modules) 24 Sep 2024 – 15 Feb 2025(TBA)

Selected weekdays: Evening 6pm to 10pm
Saturday: Full day 9am to 6pm / Half Day 9am to 3pm

Detailed course schedule as follow:

Tuesday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm (9 x Evening Sessions)
Thursday, 6:00pm to 10:00pm (9 x Evening Sessions)
Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00pm (32 x Full-Day Sessions)
Saturday, 9:00am to 3:00pm (8 x Half-Day Sessions)

Total modules: 8
Modules are taught sequentially, one module is fully completed before going on to the next module.

Each module is taught across:
4 x Consecutive Full-Day Saturday Sessions
1 x Evening Session on Tuesday
1 x Evening Session on Thursday
1 x Half-Day Saturday Session
Total: 7 Sessions (45 hrs)

Assessment Structure in each module:
2 x Quizzes: 30%
2 x Homework Submissions: 30%
1 x Group Assignment (3 to 4 members): 40%

Please see the course schedule 2024 for SDCP1 here. Please zoom in to view the schedule in detail.

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

Post-Diploma Certificate in Server Administration and IT Networking TGS-2024041436
Networking & IT Infrastructure
The Networking & IT Infrastructure module covers topics such as network fundamentals, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, and security fundamentals. Students will learn how to install, operate, configure, maintain, and verify basic IPv4 and IPv6 networks. The module covers configuring network components such as switches, routers, and wireless LAN controllers; managing network devices; troubleshooting network problem; identifying basic security threats; and implementing network security, standards, and protocols.
Windows & Linux Server Administration
The Windows & Linux Server Administration module covers the latest server technologies including virtualization, security, network-attached storage, and disaster recovery. Students will learn about the concepts and the technologies of Windows Server administration, Windows-based networking, Active Directory, account management, and system recovery tools and concepts. Students will also learn about common tasks in major distributions of Linux, including the Linux command line, basic maintenance, installing and configuring workstations, security, Linux troubleshooting & diagnostics, networking, and automation and scripting.
Cybersecurity Fundamentals
The Cybersecurity Fundamentals module covers baseline skills needed to perform core cybersecurity functions. It provides an overview of the various domains of cyber security and the essential principles of network security; compliance and operational Security; threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities; application, data and host security; access control and integrity management; and cryptography and PKI.
AI tools & techniques for Cybersecurity
The AI tools & techniques for Cybersecurity module trains students on various cybersecurity related AI tools & techniques used by the industry. Students will learn how to setup, configure, train, execute, operate, and manage these AI tools & techniques to harden security, detect cyber-attacks, respond to cyber incidents, and restore normal operations. This module is assessed by coursework.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Core Offensive and Defensive Cybersecurity Skills TGS-2024041436

Post-Diploma Certificate in Core Offensive and Defensive Cybersecurity Skills TGS-2024041436

Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing
The Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing module covers hacking into networks, systems, web applications and cloud, with a goal to assess the potential impact and risk of an actual cyberattack, and to deploy necessary countermeasures. Students will learn techniques and tools malicious hackers use, but in a lawful and legitimate manner. Students will also learn the principles of ethical hacking; penetration testing methodology; reconnaissance of IT and cloud infrastructure; scanning for network, systems, applications, and cloud vulnerabilities; to develop attack vectors to exploit the vulnerabilities; and countermeasures to mitigate the risks of exploitation.
Cybersecurity Operations
The Cybersecurity Operations module covers the fundamentals of security operations centre (SOC) operations. Students will learn log management and correlation; Security information and event management (SIEM) deployment; cyber incident detection; and incident response. Additionally, students will learn to manage various SOC processes, procedures, technologies, and workflows; monitor and analyse logs and alerts from a variety of different technologies across multiple platforms (IDS/IPS, end-point protection, servers, and workstations); develop threat cases (correlation rules), and create reports: plan, organize, and perform threat monitoring and analysis; and escalate incidents to appropriate teams for additional assistance.
Cyber Forensics Investigation
The Cyber Forensics Investigation module covers the process of detecting hacking attacks on IT and cloud computing systems, and properly extracting evidence to report the crime and conduct audits to prevent future attacks. Students will learn to perform incident response and computer forensics; Identify data, images and/or activity which may be the target of an investigation; perform electronic evidence collections; perform digital forensic acquisitions as an analyst; conduct thorough examinations of computer hard disk drives, and other electronic data storage media; Utilize forensic tools and investigative methods; and maintain audit trail (i.e., chain of custody) and evidence integrity.
Cybersecurity Risk & Compliance
The Cybersecurity Risk & Compliance module covers relevant IT and cloud frameworks which ensure that information assets are protected within an organization. Students will learn processes and policies for administering and managing a company’s IT systems that follow the compliance framework. Students will also learn concepts on risk management process, risk analysis and mitigation; and to evaluate risks against the company’s critical assets and deploy safeguards to mitigate them. Compliance frameworks such as PDAP, Cyber Security Act, PCIDSS, ISO 17799/27002, and COBIT will be covered.


1 Specialist Diploma
2 Post-Diploma Certificates
8 Modules


You are required to complete 2 post-diploma certificates within 2-year validity period to be awarded the Specialist Diploma qualification.

Authorized learning materials for the following professional certifications would be provided as part of this course. However, in addition to what is covered in this course, students would have to put in extra preparation, time, effort, and dedication, to attempt these professional certification exams. Exam vouchers can be purchased at academic pricing.

• Cisco CCNA

• EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

• EC-Council Certified SOC Analyst (CSA)

• EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)

Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:

A local Polytechnic Diploma or a recognized Degree in Information and Digital Technologies, and/or Engineering.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis, such as, based on evidence of at least 2 years of relevant working experience; or supporting evidence of competency readiness in the field of Information and Digital Technologies, and/or Engineering. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test.

Required Specifications for Laptop Computers

Mandatory Laptop specifications:
• Processor: Intel Core i5 9xxx or equivalent (Intel i7 recommended)
• RAM: 16 GB (32 GB recommended)
• Storage Device: 1 TB (2 TB recommended)
• Operating System: Windows 10/11
• Communication platform: Microsoft TEAMS (mandatory to have this tool installed in the laptop)


Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 1 Mar 2024 to 28 Feb 2027.

SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory. The credits can be used on top of existing course fee subsidies/funding. This is only applicable for self-sponsored applicants and must be applied via the SkillsFuture Portal. More details on the SkillsFuture Credit Claims will be advised upon admission into the course.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMCs) are bite-sized part-time courses for individuals to acquire new skills or deepen relevant skills, without the need to pursue a full diploma. Refer here for course fees for SBMCs.

GST Increment in 2024
Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024, as such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2024. Please refer to our STEP portal for the updated fees. (Click on STEP)


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Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Singapore Citizens aged below 40$667.36
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above$459.45
Singapore Citizens sponsored by SME$459.45
Singapore PRs $1827.36
Singapore PRs sponsored by SME$473.76
Full course fee for SC (for repeat, deferred modules)$4449.07
Full course fee (for repeat, deferred modules)$4568.40