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Specialist Diploma in Network Security

Topic:Data Analytics & Visualisation, ICT, Media & Design, Others

Course Type:Part-Time Diploma and Post-Diploma Courses

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  • Course Date:

    15 Apr 2024 to 31 Mar 2025
  • Registration Period:

    21 Dec 2023 to 29 Feb 2024
  • Time:

    12:00 AM to 12:00 AM,
    300 hours (1 year)
  • Mode of Training:

    Facilitated Learning (Face-to-Face/ Online Synchronous) and Asynchronous E-Learning
  • Venue:

    Singapore Polytechnic (facilitated classroom training) and Online E-Learning
  • Funding:

    Eligible for SkillsFuture Credit

Please note that once the maximum class size is reached, the online registration will be closed. You may register your interest and be notified when there is a new run.

Class schedule:
2-3 evenings a week
6:30pm - 10:30pm

Course Duration: 
300 hours (1 year)

PDC to start with:

Please refer to Academic Calendar.

For course specific details, please contact the course manager:
Mr Kwa Teck Poey

For other enquiries, please email to

Course Objective

Rapid advances in Internet technologies and applications, and the subsequent proliferation of economic activity on the Internet have ushered in the digital age where virtually every organization wants to leverage this massive and ubiquitous public technology infrastructure. However, many companies have overlooked the need for cyber security. With online threats becoming more sophisticated in recent years, cyber security risks pose a challenge to many companies. The global threat of malware and hackers has never been higher, and the shortage of experts who can fight them has never been more acute. Rising demand for cybersecurity-related skillsets, in part to support the nation's Smart Nation vision, means that there is an urgent need for personnel trained in Network Security.

In the survey on Infocomm Media Manpower conducted by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in 2018, IT Security Operations Analysts/Engineers were identified as critical emerging Tech specialist roles. Enterprises have projected that the demand for such specialists will grow by 4,700 in the period of 2018 – 2020.

Cisco Consultant, Mr Wong Kwok Foong, has this to say about the importance of securing networks, “As we are entering an era of connecting the unconnected, utilizing more data than ever for work, safety and play, the network has become an integral part of any emerging technology. However, these technologies will only work as designed when they are not compromised by security threats. Expertise in the areas of networking and security are very important in today’s digital market to help enterprises gain competitive advantage through technology adoption, given the dynamic nature of the cybersecurity landscape.”

The Specialist Diploma in Network Security offered by the School of EEE seeks to address the industrial demand for such specialists. The course intends to train and equip students with the practical knowledge and skills of Network Security.

The course will cover the following areas:

  • Network Security
  • Firewall & Intrusion Prevention
  • Wireless Network & Security
  • Network Analysis & Forensics

Students will be enrolled into the Cisco Networking Academy and take modules in the CCNA -Security course.

This course aims to train students in the areas of Network Security, Firewall & Intrusion Prevention, Wireless Network & Security, as well as Network Analysis & Forensics. Students will learn the fundamental concepts of Network Security in order to identify the threats and vulnerabilities of computer systems and networks and recommend appropriate counter measures like Firewall and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS).

The Wireless Network and Security module provides students with a complete foundation of knowledge in Wireless Networking and the concepts of wireless security to prevent unauthorised access of wireless networks. Students will also be exposed to network analysis & forensics skills to understand the nature of network security breaches and exploits.

Course Outline

The course will be a one-year part-time (Evenings-only) course comprising of 4 modules and a project. Participants must complete and pass all the four modules and project.
Participants will take 2 modules in each semester. All participants will participate in a project which will be based on the application of knowledge and skills acquired from the other 4 modules. Students may also propose projects based on their work environment and industry.

Each of the modules is 60 hours in duration, requiring 4 hours of contact for 15 weeks (one semester). The total instructional hours for the course are 300 hours (inclusive of project work).

The curriculum consists of 2 post diploma certificates (PDCs). Each PDC comprises a few modules and the details are as follows:

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Semester One

PDC 1 Certificate in Security and Firewall
Module 1 - Network Security (NS)
Module 2 - Firewall and Intrusion Prevention (FIP)

Semester Two

PDC 2 Certificate in Wireless and Forensics
Module 3 - Wireless Network & Security (WNS)
Module 4 - Network Analysis and Forensics (NAF)
Module 5 – Project (PROJ)

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have at least a polytechnic diploma in electrical, electronic engineering or computer related discipline.

Applicants from other disciplines but with relevant working experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Certification / Accreditation

Upon completion of two Certificates within a two-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Specialist Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.

Suitable for

This course is specially designed for practitioners who want to learn how networks are being hacked into, and deepen their skills to better protect their networks. It is suitable for polytechnic graduates currently working in the IT industry. Anyone with a basic knowledge of computers and networks is also welcome to join this course. With the skills and knowledge gained from this course, participants will be able to take on new challenges in protecting the computer networks of our digital economy.

Participants are required to bring along their personal computer notebook when attending lessons, as they may need it to access e-learning materials, run simulation software, write reports, etc.

Course Fees

The course fees payable above are inclusive of 9% GST rate.


For more information on the course fee or to apply, click on the “Register” button.

Application Procedure

1. For self-sponsored applicant, please click on the “Register” button to apply for the course. You will be directed to STEP portal to manage all your course activities. Please note that you will be prompted to sign in with Singpass/Student ID.
2. For company-sponsored applicant, please approach your company's Human Resource (HR) team to put in the application through the company portal using CorpPass.  You may only apply after receiving the registration link from your company's HR.
3. Your application does not guarantee acceptance into the course. Your acceptance into the course is dependent on meeting the course requirements and course vacancy.
4. Non‐Singaporeans must possess a valid Employment Pass / Work Permit / Dependant Pass throughout the course duration. You would need to bear the full risk of non-completion should your pass expire and subsequently lapse within the duration of the course.
5. You will be notified by email on the application outcome 6 weeks after the application’s closing date. 
6. PACE Academy course schedules, including course trainer, course fees and course availability are subject to change.

7. PACE Academy reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course at short notice; & at its absolute discretion without assigning any reason for such cancellation/postponements. In the event that the applicant’s chosen course is cancelled prior to its commencement, PACE Academy will make a full refund of course fees already paid by the applicant.

8. The data provided to Singapore Polytechnic will be kept strictly confidential and will be used for the purpose of course administration. The data may be passed on to the relevant organisations that require the information related to the course. 

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