Cyber Skills Initiative

We are Ireland's leading experts in cybersecurity education. Four of Ireland's top universities, Munster Technological University, University College Dublin, University of Limerick and Technological University Dublin  are collaborating to provide pathways and micro-credentials to address skill shortages in the area of Cyber Security. Our programs will provide you with the knowledge, skills and training needed to upskill and enhance your career in cybersecurity. 

Cyber Skills is a highly focused, collaborative initiative addressing skill shortages in the Cybersecurity sector. Cyber Skills will work closely with industry to gain insight into the needs of the Cyber Security workplace, in order to design targeted upskilling/reskilling pathways to produce workplace ready graduates. Incorporating fully online delivery and the use of the first Cyber Range in Ireland where learners can test their new skills, our programmes will address national and regional skills shortages in this rapidly changing technological environment. These innovative delivery methods means these programmes can be scaled regionally, nationally and even internationally. This project has been awarded a significant amount of funding of €8.1 Million from the Human Capital Initiative programme from the Higher Authority. 

Cyber Skills' Aims 

Create Innovative, Enterprise focused and Research informed cybersecurity courses through meaningful collaboration with enterprise, research entities and national/international academic partners. 

Empower Learner to design their own courses and take their own pathways with straightforward articulation and progression routes and clear mapping to NFQ levels. Cyber Skills will develop a typology of non-formal learning achievements and will develop a series of micro credentials which correspond with the associated learning requirements. 

Facilitate new learning pathways using micro credentials and by capturing learning through e-Portfolios, providing flexibility in reward, indication, accommodation, and scaffolding of new forms of learning and learner pathways.

Cyber Skills is coordinated across four different higher education institutes in Ireland. Lead by the Munster Technological University there other partners are Technological University Dublin, University College Dublin and University of Limerick. The project also benefits from an international dimension with the involvement of Virginia’s Commonwealth Cyber Initiative which is based at the American university, Virginia Tech. 

 

Cyber Range

Cyber Skills benefits from the first of its kind world class cloud based Cyber Range. The Cyber Range provides a secure, sandboxed area which simulates real-world feel scenarios and environments where students can test their new skills. Labs and assignments will be used to reinforce the content from the lectures. A full range of scenarios will provide the opportunity to test the vast array of techniques required to keep ahead in this challenging ever changing environment.

Secure Systems Architecture

 

In this module that student will learn the key concepts and techniques employed in designing secure system architectures. The module will cover key technologies to be aware of, whilst imparting the learner with the ability to keep informed on emerging technologies.

Starts January 2023

Duration
Course Level
Course Credit
Qualification
Course Contact
Fees
Course Code
12 Weeks
9
5
Micro-Credential
Dr. Hazel Murray
EU €667
CYBR9006

Partner Stories

“Dell Technologies is delighted to work in partnership with the Cyber Skills. What is unique about this project, is that we were able to develop Cyber Security pathways aligned to job roles we identified as critically important to our organization”

Mr. Bob Savage, VP Regional CIO EMEA & Cork Site Lead, Dell Technologies

“At Mastercard’s Dublin Tech Hub, Safety and security is at the heart of everything we do. We’re proud to help build and support the development of Cyber Security skills for experienced IT professionals in Ireland, through the Cyber Skills Initiative.”

Mr. Brendan Gormley, VP Security Engineering, Mastercard

Secure Systems Architecture

In this module the student will learn the key concepts and techniques employed in designing secure system architectures. The module will cover key technologies to be aware of, whilst imparting the learner with the ability to keep informed on emerging technologies.

 

Lecturer: Anderson Carvalho

Female Developer

Starts January 2023

Duration
Course Level
Course Credit
Qualification
Course Field
Fees
Course Code
13 Weeks
9
5
Micro-Credential
Software Security
Upon Application
CYBR9006

Secure Systems Architecture

In this module the student will learn the key concepts and techniques employed in designing secure system architectures. The module will cover key technologies to be aware of, whilst imparting the learner with the ability to keep informed on emerging technologies.

 

Lecturer: Anderson Carvalho

Female Developer