Global Cyber Academy


Diploma in Cyber Security

Level 4 (120 Credit) Course


48 Week Course

The qualification has been created to develop those learners who are looking to choose, or already have chosen, a career in a business-related sector. It is envisaged that this programme will encourage both academic and professional development so that your learners move forward to realise not just their own potential but also that of organisations across a broad range of sectors. The rationale of the programme is to provide a career path for learners who wish to develop their core capabilities within the cyber security and risk management sector. The outcome of the Diploma, which is a recognised UK qualification, is for learners to develop the cyber security skills required by organisations globally. In doing so, the qualification looks to develop the cyber security team leaders, managers and leaders of the future through the creation and delivery of learning appropriate for that industry.

Course Content

Module 1: Cyber Threat & Risk

  1. What is ‘Threat’ and ‘Risk’ in a computer security environment?
  2. Cyber security, current attack trends and terminology
  3. Security and Risk Management as concepts
  4. Identifying and familiarising ourselves with threat intelligence feeds
  5. Calculating and demonstrating risk

Module 2: Network Security & Data Communications

  1. Network Principles and Protocols
  2. Access Controls
  3. Software development and how it relates to cyber security risks
  4. Web applications and how they relate to risk
  5. Malware types and evolution

Module 3: Databases & Programming

  1. Database security breach types
  2. How databases organise data; DB manufacturers, tools and approaches
  3. Case studies in big data organisation and breach incidents
  4. Impact and utility of Cloud-based approaches
  5. Differences between compiled and interpreted programming languages
  6. Write Python programs using popular expressions

Module 4: Incident Response, Investigations and Forensics

  1. Legal and Ethical Principles and Computer network investigations
  2. Forensic Science and Digital Forensics
  3. How to build the right teams to respond
  4. Incident Response and Crisis Management
  5. Reporting and recording activity
  6. Business Continuity Management

Module 5: Security Strategy: Laws, Policies and Implementation

  1. Strategic management, and how it applies to cyber domains
  2. Project management, and how it applies to cyber domains
  3. Legal, regulatory and standards bodies
  4. Training and further development – standards and training
  5. Design a security audit to match regulatory and customised, environment-specific requirements

Choose One Of:

Module 6a: Banking & Finance

  1. Banking and Finance: How finance and markets work
  2. Case studies in Banking and Finance cyber-crime, including Insider Threat
  3. Legal, regulatory requirements and standards
  4. Cryptocurrencies, as they relate to cyber security
  5. Payment Card Industry and cyber security issues


Module 6b: Cyber Wars

  1. What do we mean by ‘Cyber Wars’ and where do they exist?
  2. Strategy, methods and motivations behind state-sponsored/encouraged cyber conflict/war
  3. Key government approaches: institutions, capabilities and perspectives
  4. Case studies in Business Communities and private sector responses
  5. Case studies in CNI and sector responses

Entry Requirements

  • Qualifications at Level 3 and/or;
  • Some technical and risk management experience in a computing or security business environment and demonstrate ambition with clear career goals;
  • A Level 4 qualification in another discipline and who want to develop their careers in cyber security.

learning outcomes

  1. The ability to read and utilise relevant technical and security literature (including threat intelligence feeds) with a full understanding; the ability to think independently and solve potential overarching cyber security issues within a business or organisation
  2. Applying subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems in the cyber security and digital risk management domains
  3. Recognising the moral and ethical issues of business practice and research; appreciating the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct, including in relation to conducting investigations, audits and incident responses
  4. An appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of cyber security within business and service provision and wider operating environments and supply chains
  5. Capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, in a mature way; engage in credible debate and dialogue both with specialists and non-specialists in relation to cyber security related issues and challenges
  6. Transferable skills and knowledge – including Project Management and Incident Response – which will enable individuals to meet changing environments and risks
  7. Motivate individuals to progress to further professional development through future study or as part of their chosen career
  8. Instill and embed a sense of understanding and respect of the global nature of the cyber threat environment; as well as the criticality of respecting, anticipating and learning from diverse, international business practices and the global operating context.


Qualification Title:
Qualifi Level 4 Diploma in Cyber Security
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Vocational Related Qualification
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Qualifi Level 5 Diploma
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