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Overview

students working togetherThe food we eat and water we drink, the petroleum products that fuel our cars and heat our homes, and the electricity that powers our modern society all rely on industrial control systems. The measurement and control devices that make-up an industrial control system are collectively known as operational technology. Today’s operational technology often employs embedded hardware and operating systems and Ethernet-based networking interfaces that make them susceptible to the same electronic attacks that plagues traditional information technology. This has created a significant need for, and shortage of, network security professionals that understand the unique computing and networking requirements of industrial control systems. The School of Energy and the School of Computing and Academic Studies have partnered in offering a new interdisciplinary Diploma in Industrial Network Cybersecurity that will prepare graduates for entry level positions in this emerging occupation. Students undertake a comprehensive study of industrial measurement and control technologies; computer information technologies; and networking, industrial networking and industrial network cybersecurity. A strong component of the program involves the development of relevant, practical skills by working with modern industrial equipment in well-equipped labs. Students will graduate with a solid foundation in industrial networking and industrial network cybersecurity.

Industrial, manufacturing and critical infrastructure organizations can be divided into two distinct entities – plant operations and business operations. Plant operations produces goods for consumption whereas business operations manages the financial well being of the organization. Business operations employs traditional information and networking technology to manage daily operations. Plant operations employs operational technology such as sensors, controllers, and final control elements to automate production of consumables. This program focuses on preparing graduates to provide industrial networking and industrial network security for the operational technology on the plant side of an organization. The diagram below illustrates where we intend to place graduates of the Industrial Network Cybersecurity program.


Roger Gale, Faculty, Computer Information Systems and David Leversage, Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering talk about the launch of the Industrial Network Cybersecurity program - the first of its kind in Canada: CKNW Future of Work - interview

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning on April 1st (or next business day).

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis, as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

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Transfer Credit

Do you have credits from another post-secondary school?

Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at another post-secondary institution where the learning outcomes duplicate those of the BCIT course. The Industrial Network Cybersecurity program reserves the right to determine the granting of credit where appropriate. Please contact us for details.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) lets you use knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs to gain exemption for particular courses in the Industrial Network Cybersecurity program. Please contact us for details.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enroll in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

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You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Domestic tuition: $4,763.71 per term*

International tuition: $13,363.71 per term*

*not including mandatory UPass fees. Subject to change.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1500; Level 2: $500; Level 3: $500; Level 4: $500

Ownership of a laptop computer that meets or exceeds the specifications listed below is required and not included in the above costs.

  • i5 processor or better
  • 8 Gigabytes of RAM (16 Gigabytes recommended)
  • 256 Gigabytes of hard drive storage or larger (a solid state drive is recommended)
  • Windows Operating System is recommended

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

8:30 to 5:30

Program matrix

Term 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  ACIT 1421 Introduction to Windows PC Systems Administration for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 4.0
  ACIT 1516 Python Scripting for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 4.0
  COMM 1130 Technical Communications 1 for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 3.0
  ELEX 1610 Electrical Systems for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 5.0
  INCS 1110 Networking Fundamentals 5.0
  MATH 1600 Technical Mathematics for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 6.0
 
Term 2A (15 weeks) Credits
  ACIT 2421 Linux System Administration for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 4.0
  ELEX 2610 Industrial Systems and Safety for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 4.0
  ELEX 2620 Engineering Fundamentals for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 4.0
  INCS 2110 Advanced Networking 5.0
  INCS 2610 Programmable Logic Controllers 4.0
  MATH 2601 Calculus for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 4.0
 
Term 2B (5 weeks) Credits
  INCS 2210 Industrial Networking 8.0
 
Term 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  ACIT 3421 Windows Server Administration for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 4.0
  ELEX 3610 Process Measurement and Control Fundamentals for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 5.0
  INCS 3310 Industrial Network Security 6.0
  INCS 3320 Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing 6.0
  INCS 3610 Embedded Systems 4.0
 
Term 4A (15 weeks) Credits
  ACIT 4421 Virtualization and Database Systems for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 6.0
  COMM 2130 Technical Communication 2 for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 3.0
  ELEX 4610 Distributed Control and Safety Instrumented Systems for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 4.0
  INCS 4310 Cyber Operations 6.0
  INCS 4320 ICS Cybersecurity Standards 6.0
 
Term 4B (5 weeks) Credits
  COMM 2230 Technical Communication 3 for Industrial Network Cybersecurity 1.0
  INCS 4810 Culminating Project 4.0
 
Total Credits: 115.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The Industrial Network Cybersecurity program is a full-time two year diploma that provides a solid, practical competence in industrial networking and industrial network cybersecurity, industrial measurement and control technologies, and computer information technology that is built upon strong and relevant foundations. This program is committed to providing professional, interdisciplinary training and prepares students to be effective critical thinkers in industrial networking technology, capable of collaborative expression based on a clear understanding of industrial processes, control systems, network security and its practice.

The Industrial Network Cybersecurity program consists of twenty-five courses over two years with a summer break between the first and second year. Students can expect to spend an average of twenty-five hours a week in lectures and labs split approximately 50/50. This balanced approach gives you time to apply the theory in a practical lab environment. In addition, you should expect an additional twenty-five hours per week preparing for labs, completing assignments and studying. In this program, you will focus on industrial networking and industrial network cybersecurity where the emphasis will be on protecting the assets of industrial, manufacturing and critical infrastructure facilities.

Program length

Two years, full-time, beginning in September each year.

Accreditation

Students may apply for student membership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Graduates may apply to ASTTBC for registration as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT).

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Industrial Network Cybersecurity graduates are expected to be employed in positions that support the networking and network security of operational technology and industrial networks. In the workplace, you will be expected to: communicate knowledgeably with automation and information technology professionals; plan, select, configure and deploy networking solutions for operational technology and industrial networks; select and deploy network security appliances, software and counter measures to provide defence in depth for the operational technology and industrial networks; and perform a simple risk assessment of an industrial network and assist with integrating current and evolving industrial control system security standards into an organization’s industrial security policy.

Demand for Industrial Network Cybersecurity graduates is expected to span multiple industry segments. You might work in engineering consulting firms, manufacturing companies, energy management firms, food-and-beverage processing plants, technical sales and service, the natural resources, or the mining industry. You might work in an environment where you’re designing, analyzing, configuring or providing technical services involving the application of industrial networks, or in a fast-paced environment where you are involved in many of the above facets, either alone or as part of a team.

Contact Us

David Leversage, Faculty
David_Leversage@bcit.ca
604-412-7593

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