PGDip/MSc in Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity

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Organisation profile

Public University

Training aim

The aim of the programme is to widen and enhance the existing skills of learners to give them a strong, skills-based, knowledge of industrial networking in an infrastructure or smart-manufacturing setting. With the help of real-world use cases, participants will use engineering principles to design, build and troubleshooting of industrial networks and they will identify unique security challenges then select, modify and apply appropriate technologies, methodologies and the security measures necessary to protect critical infrastructure systems.

Learning objectives

Design and implement a network design and cybersecurity programme within the manufacturing zone and enterprise.

Evaluate and assess industrial networks and Cybersecurity systems and codify strategies for improvements.

Deploy security controls and procedures of the manufacturing zone based on the enterprise security posture in terms of technological implementation, risk reduction, policy implementation and incident response.

Critically analyse and apply appropriate techniques and technologies for the maintenance, test and evaluation of the manufacturing zone network and cybersecurity controls.

Adopt appropriate technological, professional, legal and ethical practices in a range of real-world contexts and effectively choose the appropriate responses from a range of possibilities.

Work effectively as both an autonomous individual, team member or team leader and communicate effectively to stakeholders such as the enterprise cybersecurity team, technical personnel and senior management.

Maintain self-directed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to keep abreast of advances in automation, control, networking, ICT and cybersecurity.

Demonstrate behaviour of operating with integrity and professionalism in this specialist area, including an awareness of self-responsibility and to those in society, employers and colleagues.

Course outline

This is a Level 9 Masters of Science in Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity with an exit major award of Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity. This programme has been designed and developed to meet the needs of the growth in cybersecurity related incidents occurring in Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) and Critical Network Infrastructure (CNI). The role of an industrial operations engineer with responsibility for networks and cybersecurity in the manufacturing zone is to deliver a mixture of business and technical-related activities within their business, often working alongside engineers from the IT Department within the enterprise as well as with operations engineers within the manufacturing zone of the business. Graduates of this programme will operate across the full project lifecycle, from helping to identify the networking and security infrastructure required for new manufacturing processes as well as implementing and managing changes required in processes as required during its lifetime. They will also gain a range of skills, techniques and approaches to equip them to best develop and protect the network and the processes in the manufacturing zone.

Trainer's profile

Department of Electronic Engineering & Communications, Faculty of Engineering at the Kilkenny Road Campus, Carlow of the South East Technological University. The faculty has an extensive history in the field, from lead university delivering Electrical Instrumentation technicians, Electronic and Robotic engineers. 

Course duration

PGDip is two semesters and the MSc is three semesters.  

Assessment & certification

In accordance with the policies of the university and the Quality Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

Who should attend

This programme is designed for operational engineers from a wide array of businesses. From pure manufacturing to utilities providing critical national infrastructure. It is also open to those interested in Cybersecurity who do not have experience operating in Industrial, Automation, Control and Automation environments. 

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