Operational Technology (OT) Security

University of Limerick

Operational Technology (OT) Security

Investing in operational technology security is more important than ever in our interconnected world. As we become increasingly connected globally, the risk of cyber attacks on industrial control systems and other critical infrastructure is rising.

Our Professional Diploma in Operational Technology (OT) Security has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to protect your organisation's industrial control systems and other critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Those who directly or indirectly integrate OT and IT systems to support Industry 4.0 standards in their organisation will benefit from this Level 9 programme. The knowledge and skills gained will be invaluable to IT and OT engineers as it will give you the expertise and skills to safeguard your company's industrial control systems and other vital infrastructure from online attacks. This part-time online programme offers a robust grounding for integrating IT/OT technology, associated security issues, understanding the laws and regulations involved, and the potential risks to the organisation. It will enable those in organisational management to integrate systems effectively and reduce the risks associated with adopting Industry 4.0 standards.

The cyber programmes in University of Limerick and Munster Technological University are the only upskilling programmes in Ireland that are accredited and use the state of the art CYRIN Cyber Range, a next-generation cyber range where you train with real tools, real attacks, and real scenarios to hone your skills in a virtual environment. You'll learn from experienced instructors who are experts in operational technology security, and you'll have the opportunity to engage with other working professionals from different industries.

UL@Work programmes are co-designed with industry to ensure skills transfers are industry-responsive for current and future needs. Our programmes are developed for working professionals and are designed to be flexible and accessible. You can take it online and from anywhere worldwide.

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This Professional Diploma is offered in partnership with Cyberskills

Undertaking this part-time online programme provides a wide range of benefits for individuals and organisations alike. It provides the skills and knowledge required to design, implement and manage effective security systems, enabling protection against potential threats and vulnerabilities. It enhances employability and career prospects in cybersecurity, information technology and risk management. Furthermore, it helps organisations to safeguard their critical data, assets and infrastructure and improve overall security posture.

Award: Professional Diploma
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Subjects taught

Semester 1

OT/ICS Networks and Protocols (M):
Industrial control systems architectures
ICS Media and Protocols
ICS Network Topologies and Services
ICS Network Configuration
The current state of secure implementations of the OT network space.

Cybersecurity Law & Regulations (M):
Multi-level governance and regulatory system, i.e., International standards, EU rules, Domestic Rules. Risk assessment and measurement.
Laws and regulations regarding Ireland and EU Cybersecurity certification.
Current industry standards & their state of ratification/adoption in the industry.

Semester 2

Secure OT/ICS Networks (M):
Cyber Threats, vulnerabilities and attack vectors
The OT concept of asset/vulnerability management
ICS Security Architecture
Security Principles – Firewalls and Zoning
Security Principles – Intrusion Detection and Prevention
Security Monitoring

Log Files and Event Analysis (M):
Log Files
Log File Access and Analysis
Log Management Systems
SIEM - System information and event management tools
Investigating an Incident – Developing the correct mindset.

Both Semesters

Future Focused Professional Portfolio 1 & 2
In the first module, you will be led through a series of talks about the future of technology, the future of markets, and the future of society as a whole. You'll work collaboratively to identify key trends impacting your role and organisation. You'll also build a professional network and use it to reach out to key thought leaders in this area.

The second module will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate independent and self-determined learning through the creation of your own individual portfolio. Your portfolio includes various activities that will show how you've improved your reflective practice, how well you've used discipline-specific knowledge in different situations, and how you've led a discussion about the future of your field.

(M) Microcreds available:
Modules listed within the Programme Content with an (M) beside them are micro-credentials and can be taken independently. A microcred is a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking a micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award.

Entry requirements

Level 8 degree (H2.2 award level or with appropriate industry experience post-degree) in Computer Science/IT/Computer Engineering or related disciplines.

Alternative Entry Route:

In accordance with the University's policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning, candidates who do not meet the minimum entry criteria may be considered.

Application dates

What to Include with your Application

Qualification transcripts and certificates

A copy of your birth certificate or passport

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


1 year part-time

More details
  • Qualifications

    Minor Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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