Here’s What Makes You a Great Candidate

To help your application stand out, we advise highlighting your technical or analytic experience. Careers in Cybersecurity require an understanding of theory and hands-on practice in any technical background.

Education Requirements

An undergraduate or advanced degree in a science, technology, biology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) area of study.

A diploma or certification in any technical field.

Self-guided learning in coding languages or Cybersecurity.

Minimum Work Experience Requirements

Held technical roles in: IT, Engineering, Military, or other related industries.

Personal Hobbies

or Interests

Hackathon participation

Home network configuration

Participation in Cybersecurity events or forums

Assessment, Application & Eligibility

Due to the competitive nature of the program we are unable to accept every applicant.
To be eligible for this program you must have:

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Interested in a Cybersecurity Career

You are actively seeking to join the Canadian workforce in the Cybersecurity space.

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English Language Proficiency

You must be fluent in spoken and written English (CLB8 / IELTS7 or higher). Learn more about language equivalency charts and tests here.

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Interpersonal Skills

Cyber Connexion prioritizes candidates that exhibit exceptional teamwork, listening and problem-solving skills. A strong command of Canadian workplace culture and a high degree of professionalism are key strengths.

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Relevant Background

Must be  legally eligible to work in Canada (citizen, permanent resident, active working permit of another kind).

You have experience or knowledge in computer networking, programming, number theory, algebra or cryptography as typically acquired through an undergraduate program in Mathematics or a STEM-based field. If you do not have formal education or work experience in these subject areas, please demonstrate your level of interest in your application.

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Availability

You must be available to join real-time online sessions for the duration of the program, and complete assignments and project work for an additional 8 hours per week.

Pre-application considerations

What technical concepts do you need to know?

If you do not have a science, technology, engineering or mathematics background, please complete the modules as part of your application.

Try Hack Me

Try Hack Me content is guided with interactive hands-on lab exercises based on real-world scenarios, from hacking machines to investigating attacks.

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Introduction

“Learning Cybersecurity” module on Try Hack Me.

Time limit: 15 minutes

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Network Fundamentals

“What is Networking?” module on Try Hack Me.

Time limit: 30 minutes

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Windows Fundamentals

“Windows Fundamental Part 1” module.

Time limit: 30 minutes

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How the Web Works

A recommended and optional module: “Complete DNS in Detail” on Try Hack Me.

Time limit: N/A

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Linux Fundamentals

A recommended and optional module: “Linux Fundamentals Part 1” on Try Hack Me.

Time limit: N/A

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Instructors

Sonya Goulet
Program Manager
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What is the Application Process?

The online application is simple and should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.
Step 1

If you meet the above criteria and have your assessment screenshots ready to upload, it’s time to apply. You will be asked for your CV, LinkedIn and GitHub profiles. Take a moment to update these profiles before applying.

You will need to submit a Letter of Intent expressing your interest in Cybersecurity and in our program.  Remember to treat this application as you would treat a job application.

Step 2

The first part of the application requires you to fill in your contact details. Include your name, email address, postal code and phone number and we’ll keep you up-to-date with upcoming programs and information sessions.

Step 3

Complete the full application and show us why you’re a good fit for our program! 

Be sure to include a detailed mission statement of why you are interested in Cyber Connexion and how the program will support your career goals. Workplace readiness is also part of our evaluation process, so please make sure your writing is free of grammatical errors and misspelled words.

Step 4

We will schedule a 30-minute interview with one of our Program Leads. You will be asked to elaborate on your motivation for pursuing a career in Cybersecurity, as well as your overall career goals. You will also be asked to discuss your current technical skills and experience. You should treat this interview as you would a job interview, including wearing formal work attire and paying close attention to your communication style.

Step 5

During the interview, you will be asked to discuss a recent Cybersecurity threat. You will be asked to elaborate on how cyber threats occur, what we can do to prevent them and what to look out for as key indicators of a cyber threat. You will be evaluated based on your technical competency and workplace readiness.

Step 6

Your application process is complete! 

A member of our Program Team will be in touch within a few days to let you know the status of your application. Class sizes are limited, and as such, only a small percentage of applicants are accepted into our program. If accepted, you’ll be notified by email and sent your payment options. If your application is not accepted, we welcome you to reapply in the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Application & Eligibility
What are the application and eligibility requirements?

Please see the eligibility requirements for more information.

Can I complete the program while working a full-time job or attending another full-time academic program during the day?

Our program is a full-time and intensive 8-week course requiring online synchronous participation from Monday to Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM (EST), as well as completion of assignment and project work after class hours. There are currently no evening courses available; however, we are always looking to reduce barriers for participants. If you have any feedback about how we can make the program accessible to you, please let us know.

Can I take part in the program if I’m still completing studies at other institutions?

This training is designed to support placement of its graduates in cybersecurity industry roles once the program ends. If you still have a few months to a year (or more) left of your ongoing studies, we recommend you apply to future cohorts of the program. We run numerous cohorts each year, so don’t worry if you miss the window for one.

Job Support
What type of job search support do we provide?

Throughout the program we incorporate human-skills training that will prepare you for entering the workforce. This training includes 1:1 coaching, résumé and cover letter review, interview preparation, LinkedIn coaching, networking support and more. We also provide the opportunity to connect with industry professionals and hiring managers through networking events, panel discussions and guest speaker sessions.

What are the post-program employment rates and where do alumni now work?

For candidates who have actively pursued a career in Cybersecurity, the employment rate is 90%.

Our alumni have taken on roles at KPMG, Mercedes-Benz, Deloitte, CertiK, Arctic Wolf, the Herjavec Group, and eSentire, just to name a few.

Payment & Financing
What is the market valuation of the program?

The program has been valued at $12,000 CAD based on the pace at which it is delivered, the events and activities that put you in direct touch with experts, employers and industry practioners. We can currently offer the program for $5,500 CAD to residents of Canada.

What is your cancellation or reimbursement policy?

Please see the cancellation and refund policy page for more details on refunds and cancellations.

What payment options are available?

Payment-in-full is required.

A full tuition fee of $5,500 is required upfront prior to program commencement. We will send you an invoice upon acceptance into the program.

Course & Curriculum
What are the hardware/software requirements for participation in the program?

A properly configured system is required to fully participate in this course.

  1. No iPads or tablets
  2. You must have a laptop or desktop

Operating System: Latest version of Windows 10, MacOS 10.15.x Catalina or later.

My CPU: 64-bit Intel i5/i7 2.0+ GHz processor

RAM: 8 GB RAM (or more) is highly recommended for the best experience.

Internet/WI-FI: Access to the internet via Wi-Fi (WLAN)

How much reading and work material is there?

You can expect 10 hours of team or individual homework each week.

Is there any tutoring support for students who don't grasp certain concepts?

Industry mentors support individuals throughout the program to ensure successful completion.

Are there any tests or exams?

There are no exams in the program; however, there are weekly assessments to help chart progress.