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Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security and Advanced Networking)


  • Learn cyber security and networking fundamentals
  • Get in-demand practical, technical, and theoretical skills
  • Apply your knowledge in virtual computer labs
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Duration Up to two and a half years
How it works Study online. With a difference.
Price $4,250 up front | $196.15 per week (payment plan) | Gov. funding if eligible
Career opportunities Cybersecurity Officer | Network security specialist
Course topics Five modules
Units Nationally recognised
Course trainers Industry experts and thought leaders.
Pathways University courses
Entry requirements No formal prerequisites | RPL available | Some equipment needed
Assessments Multiple short-answer and projects
Start date Immediately, or whenever you’re ready.
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Payment Options There are two ways you can pay for your course...

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Key Benefits

Victorian Government Funding Available

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding for eligible students. Please check the eligibility requirements here, or get in touch to discuss your funding options.

Access to eduLAB virtual computer labs

Monarch has proudly partnered with eduLAB to create interactive virtual computer labs to further enhance your learning journey. This means you can test out your new cyber skills in a simulated real-life setting.

All of our virtual labs have been custom built for Monarch students, and are designed to be completed 100% online on all browsers and computers.

Learn tools and technologies

When you choose Monarch for your Diploma, get ready to learn by doing. You’ll learn about and use a variety of tools and technologies including:

Coding and framework:

  • C#
  • .NET

Software and tools you’ll learn about include:

  • Microsoft Server 2022
  • Cisco Packet Tracer
  • Visual Studio
  • SQL
  • Wireshark
  • VMware ESXi
  • pfSense
  • Sophos
  • Nessus
  • Snort
  • PaperCut
  • Veeam
  • 3CX

Use Pluralsight

To further boost your learning journey, Monarch offers Diploma students full access to the Pluralsight online learning platform – at no additional cost.

The Pluralsight platform is home to thousands of regularly updated webinars, tutorials, lectures, and practical online labs created by industry experts. It’s the leading destination for IT professionals from all over the world to sharpen their skills, expand their knowledge, and stay ahead of emerging trends.

Learn from real industry experts

Monarch supports you like no one else. You’ll get day-to-day support from the best trainers in the industry – they’re among the most experienced and qualified and have worked in real-world projects, and have years of experience training other developers on the latest coding languages and frameworks. With Monarch you’ll learn independently but with a team of trainers who will help you get through any challenge.

Nationally recognised qualification

The course is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. You can use it as a pathway to further studies, including university degrees.

Course Accreditation

You’ll need to complete 20 units to obtain your Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security and Advanced Networking).

Module 1

Foundation skills

Module 2

Cyber Security

Module 3


Module 4

Incidents and testing

Module 5

Leadership skills


Course Assessments

The experts who design and deliver our courses (click back to Course trainers to meet some of them) have developed an assessment framework that’s uniquely designed to help you gain a deep understanding of the material.

Assessment formats include:

Career Opportunities

Advanced networking and cyber security specialists are in high demand. With your unique skillset, you’ll be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in this fast-paced and constantly evolving industry.

Diploma graduates may be eligible for a range of different mid-level and lead developer positions.

Key opportunities include:


With a Diploma in IT (Advanced Networking and Cyber Security), you can start working straight away. On top of technical skills, you’ll have the confidence and study skills needed to stay on top of your professional development. Or you could keep your options open and continue studying at university level, with a Bachelor-level qualification in ICT or cyber security. Some universities even offer advanced placement (course credit) for units you complete in your Diploma, cutting time off your degree.

It’s best to check with the university of your choice before enrolling in a Diploma with Monarch Institute.

Entry requirements

Course entry requirements

There aren’t any formal prerequisites. But to make sure you get the most out of training with us, the following enrolment process applies:

Once we receive your enrolment, our friendly course consultants will touch base to undertake a pre-training review to ensure the training is right for you.

What equipment will I need?

We recommend access to the following equipment to successfully complete the course.

A laptop or PC with:

Am I eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL)?

We may be able to take into account relevant knowledge and skills you’ve gained through previous formal or informal training, education and employment. To find out more, refer to our Student Information Handbook by clicking here, or get in touch with one of our friendly Course Consultants.

Course Topics

The Diploma has six core units and 14 elective units.

Module 1

Foundation Skills

In this first module, you will learn some essential cyber security basics and best practices. You’ll then learn how to utilise networking fundamentals, including wide area network (WAN) technologies, basic security, and route and switch operations. This module also covers developing and originating concepts, and undertaking introductory programming tasks using an object-oriented programming language (Java).

Module 2

Cyber Security

Next you will dive deeper into your cyber security specialisation. This will include learning how to gather, analyse, and interpret threat data. You will also find out about the tools and knowledge you need to protect critical infrastructure, and design security architecture using specific design methodologies. Additionally, you’ll learn how to apply ethics and privacy policies in ICT environments.

Module 3


For the third module in this course, you’ll expand your knowledge in the world of advanced networking. This will include learning how to install, configure, and manage virtual computing environments. Further topics include installing and upgrading operating systems and matching ICT needs with the strategic direction of an organisation.

Module 4

Incidents and Testing

A big part of networking and cyber security is knowing how to be prepared for potential threats. In this fourth module, you’ll gain skills for developing incident response plans, and reviewing and updating both disaster recovery and contingency plans. You will then learn how to manage the deployment and administration of enterprise communication solutions – such as email, web portals, or collaboration tools – and how to design, build, and test network servers so that they meet requirements and are secure.

Module 5

Leadership Skills

To succeed in a variety of IT roles, you will need strong leadership skills. For the final module, you will gain the knowledge required for managing network security, as well as client problems. You will further hone your skillset by learning how to install and manage complex ICT networks and be an effective leader in a team environment.

Course Duration

This course is designed to be completed within 18-24 months.

There is no minimum timeframe to complete this course. Students who are highly motivated and well organised can complete the full course at an accelerated pace.

The key factors that influence course completion are a student’s experience, time availability, how fast they work and how committed they are!

How it works

More than online

You’ll get:

How does it work?

This course has been developed to give you absolute flexibility. Study on your couch, on public transport, on your break at work, out in the park – wherever and whenever you like. The best part is, with Monarch Institute, ‘online’ doesn’t mean ‘alone’. You’ll be backed by our trainers at every step along the way.

What support will I get?

Your trainer will be happy to contact you via phone, Zoom, or email (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm). So you definitely won’t feel alone. You’ll also have access to our student Facebook groups, so you can discuss the material with other students. It’s a handy way to stay in touch with trainers and others in the same course.

Course Price

Upfront payment

$4,250 (Total)

The most cost-effective option. Pay up front and save 20% compared to the total payment plan. Payment options include electronic funds transfer (EFT), credit card (Mastercard or Visa), cheque or cash.

Payment plan

$196.15 per week – paid over 26 weeks (Total: $5,100)

This option is suitable for students wanting to manage their cash flow. It’s handy if you want to get started right away, but don’t have the full amount on hand. Payment must be made with Mastercard or Visa.

Government funding

If you live in Victoria, you may be eligible for government funding for this course. Find out more here.

Meet your trainers

Industry experts and thought leaders.
Saravanan Thangavel
"Those who are in love with learning are in love with life."
– Charles Handy

I am an educationalist with 18+ years of expertise in the combined IT industry and academia in Technology Strategy and Technology Management Consultation. I’ve complimented my expertise by lecturing as well as by playing diverse roles in the industry. As a Solutions Consultant, I specialise in Microsoft Product Customisation and developed skills in BPR and client portfolio management. As an ICT advisor, I was involved in the implementation of CMMI standards in software companies and also conducted audits on software and general ICT controls.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

I love sharing this knowledge with students!

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Gradon Rong
“Stay hungry, stay foolish” – Steve Jobs

I am an IT trainer with a Masters of Information Technology and rich teaching experience in domestic and international education. I have worked as an IT web developer, programming, and database management expert and I have experienced a few IT projects, including website and mobile application development, which practically makes me familiar with vocational education in IT.

I also provide academic support to university students to assist them in achieving outcomes in IT fields. I’m passionate about providing sustainable improvement to ensure the quality of education.

Learn more about Gradon

Any questions? Ask away!