Diploma in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics (T62)

Viruses, trojans and hackers – these are just some of the dangers lurking on the Internet. How can organisations protect themselves against a threat they can’t even see?

Government systems, game companies and many other organisations have already been compromised. More than ever before, there is high demand for talented cyber security professionals and those with digital forensics skills who can investigate crimes and retrieve evidence from computers and networks.

 We live in a technological era, and cyber security is the cornerstone of a safe digital society. There is an increasing demand for cyber security skillset. This course will not just equip the students with the relevant know-how, but train future cyber security leaders to tackle the evolution of threats that affects businesses, privacy and lives.
—  Matthias Yeo
     Chief Technology Officer, APAC
     Symantec Corporation
 Delve into the world of hacking

What you will learn

  • Build a Strong Foundation

    Build a Strong Foundation

    In Year 1, you will learn the core computing subjects ranging from computational thinking and user experience to IT security and data analytics. This strong foundation provides the core skills necessary for any cyber security and digital forensics specialist to understand what is necessary to defend and protect information systems.
  • Defend Cyber Space

    Defend Cyber Space

    In your second year, you will acquire cyber security and forensics industry-specific competencies such as networking security, file system forensics, malware analysis and ethical hacking. Receiving hands-on training in state-of-the art facilities, you will learn how to conduct vulnerability assessments of computer and application systems, use ethical hacking tools and implement intrusion prevention solutions.
  • Apply Advanced Skills in Cyber Security

    Apply Advanced Skills in Cyber Security & Digital Forensics

    In your final year you will experience working in ‘live’ learning enterprises such as the TP-IBM Security Operations Centre and Temasek Advanced Learning, Nurturing and Testing (TALENT) Laboratory, set up in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs. You will have opportunities to be attached to local and overseas cyber security and/or forensics companies where you can apply your knowledge and skills to cyber security and/or forensics related-projects and real-life situations.

Notable Features

  • Exciting internship opportunities with organisations such as RSA, Symantec, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • Professional certifications including the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), RedHat Certified System Administrator/ Engineer (RHCSA/RHCE), Forensic Toolkit ACE and Cellebrite Mobile Forensics Fundamentals.
  • Teaching faculty includes lecturers who are Certified Information System Auditors (CISA) and Certified Information System Security Professionals (CISSP), possessing expert knowledge and skills in this specialized field.
  • Access to experts from Ministry of Home Affairs and IBM who contribute to making this course highly engaging and relevant.
  • Our students have secured admission and scholarships to top-notch universities such as Carnegie-Mellon (USA).
  • Secure prestigious scholarships such as the CSIT, Singtel Cybercadet and ST Electronics (STEE) Scholarships for your Polytechnic studies.

Career Prospects

Graduates from the Diploma in Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics will have employment opportunities with local and multinational businesses, governments, financial and banking institutions, and consulting firms as cyber security specialists/ auditors, digital forensics investigators, malware analysts, network and systems specialists, as well as cyber security and forensics product developers and solutions providers.

Further Education

You can undertake the Earn and Learn Programme and acquire a Specialist Diploma + Work Experience. Find out details here

For degree courses and advanced standing, please click this link to access diploma to degree courses for guidance.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA Grades 1-6

To be eligible for selection, applicants must also have sat for one of the following subjects: Additional Combined Science, Additional Science, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Computer Studies, Creative 3-D Animation, Design & Technology, Engineering Science, Food & Nutrition,Fundamentals of Electronics, General Science, Human & Social Biology, Integrated Science, Physics, Physical Science, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry), Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology).

Note: Applicants with complete colour vision deficiency are not eligible to apply for this course.

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Course Structure

TP Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject introduces you to the principles of effective interpersonal communication. You will learn to consider the message, audience, purpose and strategy in all communicative acts. You will also learn the appropriate conventions to observe in social interaction and how to engage in and sustain conversations.


This subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to obtain employment and to develop confidence in handling both interpersonal skills and business correspondence in the workplace. You will learn job hunt skills.  You will also discover ways to communicate effectively and tactfully in the workplace.  By using the concepts of message, audience, purpose and strategy, you will learn to show sensitivity to your audience.


This subject deals with the general principles of persuasion. You will be taught persuasive strategies to write a proposal and convince an audience about an idea, product or service. You will also be taught to consider the message, audience, purpose and strategy in written and oral presentations.


Students will learn to do research on job roles and companies, prepare cover letters and resumes and learn how to prepare and present themselves for interviews.


This subject focuses on self-leadership and personal effectiveness. It provides a platform for students to discover and understand themselves in terms of their personalities, values and mission and to build their ‘Logical Quotient’. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on the ‘Golden End’ and ‘Consequential Thinking’. It helps the students to listen to the inner self and to express their personal thoughts and ideas.


This subject focuses on team-leadership, followership and team effectiveness. It provides a platform for students to build their ‘Emotional Quotient’, relate to peers and manage team conflicts. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on a ‘Win-Win Attitude”. It helps students to make meaningful conversations and to articulate their vision.


This subject focuses on service to others. It provides a platform for students to understand themselves better and to make responsible choices in life and to build their ‘Community Quotient’. It lays the foundation for students to make leadership decisions based on ‘Ethical Judgement’ and ‘Moral Courage’. It helps students to build trust and credibility in their communication with others and in the community.


This subject has a structured programme that will help to develop important workplace skills for application in a real work environment. The subject will cover a pre-internship training programme and a mentorship programme with the industry. The subject will also cover the roles and functions of an IT professional in an industry and ability to contribute effectively with a high level of professionalism in the workplace.


Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the enterprise wired and wireless networking concepts. Basic theories of routing and switching, wireless architecture and their applications in an enterprise network environment will be discussed. You will learn the knowledge and skills to design, install and configure small to medium-sized wired and wireless networks.


This subject introduces students to the issues related to IT law and ethics. Topics covered include the computer misuse act, personal data privacy act and intellectual property rights.


This subject aims to provide the students with a foundational understanding of cyber security, common threats, and an appreciation of the controls that can be used to mitigate cyber-attacks. It introduces key elements of Information security based on confidentiality, integrity and availability and how they are applied in various security scenarios. Students  can proceed to develop deeper skills of implementing security controls within their respective domains. The subject covers technical controls at basic levels with hands-on practicals to illustrate concepts. The subject also covers a broad range of concepts such as security policies, procedures, and processes to protect IT systems against cyber-attacks and information breaches.   


This subject introduces students to the concept of Human-Centered Design, and its practice to create useful digital product and interfaces that offer great user experience (UX). Grounded on the lean product development cycle, the topics covered in this subject include Designing Interfaces, Need Findings, Sketching and Prototyping for Interactive Experience, and Testing.


This subject will introduce the fundamental concepts of relational database systems, the design methods specific to relational database, database manipulation using a database query language, and the techniques of implementing relational databases. It will also cover the implementation of simple applications to access relational databases.


This subject equips students with the ability to use mathematics and mathematical processes as tools for developing algorithms in computing and other real-life applications. Students will also be equipped with the knowledge and skills to perform reasoning, proof and induction. The subject covers logic, functions, sequences, mathematical induction and recursion. Students will also learn the fundamental mathematical concepts needed for other core computing subjects.


This subject aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to formulate, analyse and interpret data. Students will be able to apply statistical knowledge and methods of data analysis that are useful in business environments. Students will be taught to use a statistical software to analyse data. This subject covers descriptive statistics, probability theory, normal distribution, estimation, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.


This subject introduces you to the fundamentals of recursion and data structures in solving problems using a programming language. Topics covered include stacks, queues, linked lists and trees. Searching techniques and sorting algorithms will also be covered.


This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of computational thinking and their application in developing programming solutions to problems. Topics covered include programming concepts, simple data structures and programming techniques.


This subject introduces students to coding principles and practices using an object-oriented approach. Topics covered include objects and classes, composition, inheritance, simple data structures, and testing of programs.


This subject introduces students to developing an IT application using the latest technologies.  Topics covered include application architecture, design, and development as well as testing.


This subject introduces students to the architecture and organisation of the digital components of a computer or mobile device. Topics covered include the basic functions provided in modern operating systems, such as concurrency, memory management, and file systems


This subject introduces students on how to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium-sized enterprise branch network. Topics covered include network types, routing and switching concepts, the TCP/IP and OSI models, IP Addressing, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), Routing & Switching Concepts, and Static & Dynamic Routing.


This subject covers the traffic analysis of data sources from various network equipment and systems, such as Web proxies, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, routers and switches, which may contain evidence that can be used to solve a security incident. The topics included are the design and implementation of a secured enterprise network, as well as the analysis of network traffic and logs collected from different data sources in a network to understand attacks and trace suspect activities.


This subject discusses threats on the Internet and provides an understanding of how a cyber attacker will penetrate a network. It equips you with the principles and practices of preventing such attacks, discussing threats such as malicious codes, website defacing and hacking, illegal access to unauthorised information, privacy violations, distributed denial of services, cyber terrorism. You will acquire knowledge of potential threats, various penetration strategies and methods, and the respective counter measures. You will also learn the principles of creating a secure network design.


This subject aims to develop digital forensics practitioners who are able to investigate and draw conclusions based on evidence found, using various techniques and tools to conduct liturgical and non-liturgical investigations. It covers the concept and techniques required to discover and investigate evidence from various digital storage devices. Topics include using common tools and commercial toolsets for extraction and analysis of digital evidence. Network traffic capture and analysis will also be discussed and investigated for the tracing of specific information and source of attacks.


This subject aims to familiarise you with the various IT security policies processes and procedures, as well as best practices in industry and government. You will learn about the associated standards for risk management and the management of IT security. You will also learn how to plan, execute, report and follow up on an information security management system audit.


This subject covers the concept and techniques required to configure and administer a typical networked server using common operating systems in the industry. Topics include installation of a server system, configuration of devices, disks and file systems with security configuration of Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) environments. Administering of key server services, using various tools and system scripting to monitor and analyse its performance and security will be discussed and applied. The subject also covers the concepts of encryption methodology, Public Key Infrastructure, key distribution and authentication.


This subject focuses on secure web application design and development. It discusses the inherent threats and vulnerabilities of web applications and the corresponding counter-measures. In addition, it includes industry best practices such as OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) Top Ten Web Application Vulnerabilities.


This subject introduces the principles of the most common media types and file systems found in operating systems and other digital media types.


This subject covers the policies, plans and procedures for computer security incident response of events such as denial of service, malicious code and authorisation access. It establishes proper processes for assessing the impact of incident on business and implements effective methods of collection, analysis and reporting of data.


This subject involves the integration and application of knowledge to a project in a practical learning situation. It will provide an opportunity to develop a practical understanding of threat and vulnerability assessment, development methodology, evaluation processes, project management and presentation skills for security related systems projects.


Diploma Subjects - Elective Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject covers the investigation of applications such as web browsers, word processors and standalone executables, as well as Internet applications such as emails and social networking websites, in the context of digital forensics. These applications may be used for illegitimate means or to introduce malicious software into a computer system. In these cases, digital forensic analysis would be carried out to determine the source and extent of the damage.


This subject covers three main areas: Mobile Device Forensics, Image & Video Forensics, and Correlation & Artificial Intelligence. Besides learning how to use different tools to extract and analyse digital media data from various mobile devices, you will also learn the fundamental elements of digital photos and digital videos. You will be taught to use different image and video enhancement techniques to process evidence for investigation purposes, matching and correlation technique, and the use of artificial intelligence.


This subject introduces the security and privacy issues involved in the implementation of IoT applications and services. Topics covered include cryptography, capability, access-control mechanisms, authentication models and privacy support through data abstraction, integration and data synchronisation.


This subject covers data security and governance as a quality control discipline for assessing, managing, using, improving, monitoring, maintaining, and protecting organisational information. You will learn about concepts such as data security and access, data protection, data policies, business process management, and risk management surrounding the handling of data in an organisation.


This subject introduces students to the methodology and techniques of analyzing multiple sources of digital evidence to determine the cause and effect of an incident. The topics in the subject include the application of best practices and techniques to relate digital evidence to cybercrimes. Students will review various case facts to determine how they are related to a crime, reconstruct an incident as well as produce and present findings in a manner that is acceptable to a court of law. Students will also go through case examples on best practices and how cause and effect were derived during an investigation.


The subject covers the security risks associated with the deployment and use of enterprise level server operating systems as well as services such as email, database, secure wired and wireless access and web. The subject teaches assessment of security risks when these systems are integrated and conducting penetration testing and incident response to ensure the integrity and security of the enterprise systems.


This subject covers the key processes from project initiation to project closure such as project planning, project monitoring and control, resource management, project implementation and closure.


This subject covers topics such as security trends and technologies in the industry, the types of innovation, key elements of innovation and innovation skills required to move progressively from idea to impact. It discusses topics on security innovation relating to the methods, ideas, production, market needs, effective processes, impact and needs of customers.


Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Core Subjects 23 credit units
Diploma Subjects
- Core Subjects
- Elective Subjects

86 credit units
min 8 credit units
Cross-Disciplinary Subjects min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed 126 credit units

Cross-Disciplinary Subjects

Students are required to obtain a minimum of 9 credit units from the list of Cross-Disciplinary Subjects.


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Singapore 529757

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