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IT Fundamentals & Management

Certificate Programme in Cyber Security

Course No. : 232-212100-01|Start Date : 28/06/2023

Admission Requirements

Applicants shall have basic computer literacy and understand operations of computing devices (PC / Mac / Mobile Devices), and

1. completion of secondary education, or equivalent; or
2. aged 21 or above.

Language Used

Cantonese (supplemented with English)

Total Hours

90 Hours (around 8-9 months)


Central Learning Centre

Start Date

28 June 2023




6:45pm to 9:45pm (one lesson per week)

Application Fee

HK$ 150.00

Tuition Fee

HK$ 13,500.00


Certificate programmes

QF Level


QR Registration No.


QR Registration Validity Period

06/07/2016 - Ongoing

Course Enquiries

3943 9131 / 3943 90452770 8275[JavaScript encoded]

Enrolment Enquiries

2209 0290

Closing Date for Application

8 May 2023



With the rapid growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), people are more connected than ever. But new threats related to Cyber Security are also spreading in similar rapid rate. So increasing awareness of Cyber Security in both personal and corporate levels is certainly a significant and undisputable obligation to the society.


This programme intends to help participants to understand basic computer and networking knowledge, as well as essential cyber security technologies to allow them to apply in personal and work environment. Participants shall be able to identify potential security threats and apply early intervention to common cyber security problems.

Programme Structure

This programme comprises of the three modules with a total of 90 contact hours:

  1. Fundamentals of Computer and Networking (30 hours)
    This course will introduce the basics of computer and networking to participants, including technologies most applicable to everyday life. Topics include:

    1. History and evolution of computer and networking

    2. Representation of data in the computer

    3. Computer Organization and Architecture

    4. Operating Systems Basics

    5. Introduction to Network and Data Communication

    6. OSI model, Topologies and TCP/IP

    7. Network Infrastructure - Hardware, Software and Services

    8. Network Address Schema, Routing and Protocols

    9. Network Management and Security Basics

  2. Introduction to Secure Programming Practices (30 hours)
    This course will introduce to participants the basic computer programming concepts and elementary secure coding practices in order to enable them to understand the origins of computer security vulnerabilities and common security pitfalls. Topics include:

    1. Computer Programming Basics

    2. Data structure and Memory Management

    3. Function and Subroutine

    4. Overview of Computer and Internet Security

    5. Fundamental Secure Coding Concepts and Practices

    6. Case Studies - Common programming security pitfalls and preventive measures

  3. Practical Cyber Security (30 hours)
    This course will explain practical cyber security applications to be used for personal and office environment, including selection of equipment, cost calculation and implementation plan. Topics include:

    1. Information Security concepts - confidentiality, integrity, and availability

    2. Internet Security - threats/vulnerabilities/risks and remedies/prevention/defense measures (hardware / software / policies)

    3. Network Security Management - user and resource management, hardware and software tools, incident handling, recovery planning

    4. Authentication and Encryption - theories, methods and common usages

    5. Personal Usage - personal computers, mobile computing, e-commerce, social media and web applications

    6. Workplace Usage - workstation and mobile devices management, network and server security, internet security (firewall), physical security, policies and governance

    7. Mini Project - Planning a simple computer network and setup basic security measures.


Assessments will be in forms of assignments, projects, presentation, tests and final exams.

Award of Certificate

To qualify for the award of 'Certificate in Cyber Security', students are required to have an attendance rate of 70% or above and obtain overall pass grade for each module.

Continuing Education Fund

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 3).

Course Code: 34C121150
CEF Course Name : Certificate in Cyber Security