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Information Technology

Introduction to Cybersecurity


With the increasing dependence on the Internet for economic growth, countries throughout the world are paying particular attention to the security of those online assets and related resources. As a result, there has been a rapid increase in the demand for human resource capacity in the area of cybersecurity. Therefore, this course seeks to provide delegates with an understanding of the basics of Cybersecurity.

Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face ONLINE

What will I Learn?

By the end of the course, delegates should be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts of cybersecurity;
  • Identify the processes needed to effectively manage cybersecurity risks within their environments;
  • Apply appropriate frameworks to the management of cybersecurity.

Who Should do this Course

Anyone desirous of gaining an insight to Cybersecurity


Important Information

This course has been offered at a special rate, CLICK HERE to view Terms and Conditions

This course will provide to delegates a basic understanding of Cybersecurity. Delegates will gain a solid foundation in cybersecurity concepts, its management and issues faced with its operationalization.


At a Glance

  • Admissions Term: 2020/2021 Semester I
  • Date: September 7th- November 4th, 2020
  • Time: Monday and Wednesday 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Duration: 9 weeks (36 hours)
  • Certificate Awarded: Professional Development Certificate of Competence
  • Course Code: PDLL150
  • Capacity: 25
  • Cost: BDS $2000 (US$1000) BDS$ 500.00 (US$ 250.00)

The following topics and concepts will be addressed:
  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals
    • Covers the basic concepts of Cyber and Information Security.
  • Cybersecurity Management
    • Covers the processes, technologies and people needed to effectively manage the Cybersecurity in the organization.
    • Frameworks (e.g. NIST) for managing Cybersecurity will be discussed.
    • Compliance with Laws and regulations
  • Cybersecurity Operations
    • Covers the daily operations needed to effectively management cybersecurity in the organization including:
  • Application Security
  • Configuration management
  • Identity and Access management
  • Media management
  • User Awareness

Teaching strategies will include but are not limited to lectures, discussions and group exercises.


  • Jason Kinch
  • George Thomas
  • Neil Matthews
  • Patricia RoweSeale
Jason Kinch
BSc. Computer Science, MSc. Project Management and Evaluation Director, Application Delivery Services, Digital & Client Experience, CIBC FirstCaribbean
Experienced IT professional with over 20 years leading large software development projects. Skilled at building and developing team of software developers to delivered secured and functional software within budgeted resources. Has a keen interest in Risks Management and is published in this area:
“Risk management in information technology projects” Prasanta Kumar Dey, Jason Kinch
International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management (IJRAM)
Year: 2008 Volume: 9 Issue: 3 Page: 311 - 329 DOI: 10.1504/IJRAM.2008.019747
ISSN: 1466-8297
“Managing risk in software development projects: a case study”,
Prasanta Kumar Dey, Jason Kinch, Stephen O Ogunlana,
Industrial Management & Data Systems
Year: 2007 Volume: 107 Issue: 2 Page: 284 - 303.
IS SN: 0263-5577.
George Thomas
BSc. Computer Science, M.S.E.E., Electrical Engineering
Deputy CIO, CIBC FirstCaribbean
Entrepreneurial and pioneering banking technologist with over twenty years of executive level experience identifying, qualifying, building consensus for, and implementing enabling secure technologies and enterprise systems that facilitate business process and strategic objectives. Powerful blend of product and technology vision which results in consistent development of business strategies supported by cost effective, high performance technology solutions.   A unique combination of product, Security and IT strategy delivery on a global level with proven go-to-market mobile money and wallet solutions delivered across Europe, Middle East and Africa.  A proven leader in network, infrastructure, solution architecture design, telecommunications strategies and software development.  Full project life cycle management, client/vendor relationship management and financial/operational management.  Track record in investor and stakeholder fundraising, managing M&A due diligence and integrations in addition to reorganization and process improvement initiatives.
A solid leader and business partner that is a sought out to advise on many of the key developments in online payment and mobile technologies that change rapidly, and are continually re-defined to meet the demands of both financial institutions and the customers they serve.
Neil Matthews
Director, End User Technology, Communications and Support Services CIBC FirstCaribbean.
Experienced Technologist, with demonstrated skills and knowledge in Information Security and Business Continuity Management and is a recognized CISSP instructor. Neil has provided leadership and direction to the IT function of an International Financial Services Company.
Patricia A Rowe-Seale
BSc. Computer Science & Mathematics, MSc. Information Systems, ACCA, CIA, CISA, CISSP, CRMA, CRISC
Director, Enterprise Security, Fraud and Supplier Risk Management, CIBC FirstCaribbean
Patricia is the Director, Enterprise Security, Fraud and Security Risk Management at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank; with over 15 years progressive experience in Internal Auditing, Technology, Banking Operations and Change management.  As a member of the Technology and Operations management team Patricia is tasked with enhancing existing frameworks and practices for the management of Information Security, Vendor Security Governance and Fraud Management. Patricia is a volunteer instructor with the Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA) and facilitates their Cybersecurity Auditing and Fundamentals of IT auditing seminars globally. In addition, she is a member of the IIA global Institute Relations Committee (IRC) and the CIA examination review committee.