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Qualification Title New Zealand Diploma in Cybersecurity (Level 6)
Qualification Type Diploma
Level 6
Credits 120
Subject Area
  • Information Technology » Other Information Technology » Security Science
Strategic Purpose Statement
This qualification was co-developed by IT Professionals New Zealand (ITP) and NZQA National Qualifications Services (NQS).

The purpose of this qualification is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with people who have attained internationally transferable industry-relevant knowledge and technical skills that will equip them to work in entry-level roles in the specialised field of cybersecurity, or to proceed to further study.

Businesses, organisations and communities will benefit from having cybersecurity professionals who have developed a security mindset and who are able to identify, mitigate and respond to cybersecurity risks and incidents, and help assure information and systems security, integrity and availability.

Graduates will be capable of operating within the applicable professional standards and practice, both independently and as part of a team.
Graduate profile
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

- Analyse organisational contexts from a security perspective using information management principles and terminology, data inputs, organisational strategy and processes, outputs, systems, and stakeholders' roles and responsibilities.
- Analyse an IT environment's technology stack from a security perspective and identify issues that could impact organisational performance and business risks.
- Apply knowledge of risk management frameworks to perform cybersecurity risk assessments and communicate the results to support the organisational risk management process.
- Assess, select, plan, implement and validate cybersecurity approaches and controls to support organisational objectives and operations.
- Analyse cybersecurity events, perform security incident classification, and apply relevant security incident handling techniques, whilst participating in an incident handling process.
- Analyse the legal, privacy and ethical impacts of the regulatory environment and organisational decisions, to advise decision makers on cybersecurity implications and organisational obligations applicable to a particular situation.
- Behave with integrity as a responsible IT professional, in accordance with legal and organisational regulatory requirements, applying professional and ethical practices.
- Apply communication, information design, teamwork, personal, and interpersonal skills, to enhance working effectiveness, efficiency, and quality outcomes in a variety of situations in an organisational environment.
- Apply project management tools and techniques, using knowledge of project planning, management and control, to an IT related project, to analyse and solve problems.
Education pathways
This qualification provides an education pathway from:
- New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support (Level 5) [Ref: 2596]
- New Zealand Diploma in Information Systems (Level 5) [Ref: 2597]
- New Zealand Diploma in Web Design and Development (Level 5) [Ref: 2598]
- New Zealand Diploma in Software Development (Level 6) [Ref: 2604]
or other Level 5 IT related qualifications
or relevant industry experience, to specialised re-training into the field of cybersecurity.

This qualification provides a pathway to further specialisation through industry specific training in specialist fields of cybersecurity, and industry certifications.

Other education pathways include higher level IT related qualifications and industry certifications.
Entry Requirements
Current legislation and regulations can be accessed at www.legislation.govt.nz
Current AS/NZS standards can be accessed at www.standards.govt.nz

Relevant codes of ethics and professional practice, including the following, which can be accessed at:
- ITP Code of Ethics: www.itp.nz/Members/Code-of-Ethics
- ITP Professional Practice Guidelines, including the ITP Code of Practice and ITP Professional Knowledge Curriculum: www.itp.nz/Members/Practice-Guidelines

Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT NZ) provides up-to-date, actionable advice on current threats and vulnerabilities, as well as guidance on mitigation and cyber security best practice, available at www.cert.govt.nz/it-specialists.
Education Organisation No organisations currently offer this qualification.
Developed By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3837
Status Current
Created 2018-11-01 11:19:12.0
Next Review 2023-10-31 00:00:00.0
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