Fundamentals of Cybersecurity online short course

Course starts 9 March 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
3 March 2020
Course Starts:
9 March 2020
8 weeks online
7-10 hours per week
ZAR R14,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)
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South Africa is the top cybercrime target in Africa *1, which means the implementation of cybersecurity measures has become a necessity for all South African businesses *2.

Become the go-to person for understanding and implementing cybersecurity in your business by getting cybersecurity online training through a cybersecurity course. With interactive content covering everything from corporate governance and risk management to incident response and industry ethics, you'll leave this cybersecurity online course having gained the right skills and knowledge to assist your company with cybersecurity.

*1 Business Live, 2017

*2 Defence Web, 2017

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What will set you apart

After taking this online cybersecurity course, you’ll walk away with the confidence to:

  • Take the lead on protecting your company from cyber threats
  • Inform the implementation of relevant cybersecurity measures in your business
  • Strengthen your abilities as the safekeeper of sensitive company data
  • Substantiate your interest in the field before you transition into it by taking cybersecurity online training

Course curriculum

This cybersecurity online course is designed to help you have the most impact on the projects you lead with up-to-date industry skills and cybersecurity training. Each week you’ll tackle a new module from this online cybersecurity course, giving you maximum flexibility to work in your own free time during this cybersecurity course.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Course Module 1: Basic principles of cybersecurity management
  • Course Module 2: Risk management
  • Course Module 3: Corporate governance, policies and the regulatory environment
  • Course Module 4: Cybersecurity culture
  • Course Module 5: Cybersecurity architecture
  • Course Module 6: Cybersecurity software and hardware
  • Course Module 7: Compliance management
  • Course Module 8: Incident management

Your Head Tutor

Chris Smyly

Chris Smyly

Principal Security Specialist

Chris has a demonstrated history of working as a Principal Security Specialist in the oil and energy industry, and has worked as a Security Architect, Information Security Specialist and Senior Systems Engineer. He has previous experience as a Systems Engineer for ACS Europe (Dell Computers) and Forwardslash. Chris is skilled in the information and cybersecurity disciplines, architecture, TOGAF, ISO 27001, ITIL, and IT strategy. Chris has earned an MCSE in Systems Engineering and Networking, CCNA Cisco Networking certification and ISC2 Information Systems Security Professional certification. He previously completed the Management Development Programme (MDP) and the Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP), both from Stellenbosch University.


Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart in the job market.*

Disclaimer: The visual representation of the certificate here serves as an exemplar, and may be subject to change at the discretion of the University.

*Top Universities, 2019


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 9 March 2020.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

    If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Manager who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

    Why wouldn't you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if it's going to have an impact on the way you do business?

    37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how to receive financial assistance from your employer.


    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Manager, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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