Incident Response

The course will include an in-depth analysis of the Irish government official inquiry into the 2021 HSE cyber-attack, using the published documents as primary source.

Incident Response

Dr Rob Brennan, an assistant professor in the School of Computer Science in UCD discusses Incident Response module he teaches as part of the MSc in Cybersecurity programme. This module can be take as standalone as well.

A key outcome for learners is to understand the process of incident response.As in many areas of cybersecurity, there's several different processes available that are related overlapping and not quite the same. The course focuses on the NIST and CISA IR processes but also discuss SANS and ISO and show how they can be related to those frameworks

This module is  designed to be relevant to the cybersecurity architects, Cti analysts, SOC monitors and SOC analysts. It's key feature  is studying the Conti cyber attack on the HSE independent review report from PWC.


Most modules require a 2.2 degree in a related discipline or equivalent professional experience.

Should you have any queries regarding your eligibility, please contact us at

A learner successfully completing this module will be able:

1.Understand the process of Incident Response

2.Understand how various malware tool sets work

3.Understand and learn from major incidents of the recent past, including both 'for profit' criminal attacks, espionage, and military attacks

4.Understand the legal, human resource, and corporate ramifications arising from acting in response to incidents

5.Discuss current trends and likely future directions in cyber threat

6.Understand, and be able to, rapidly assess an individual threat, using high quality, trusted sources on the internet


Learn from world renowned academic staff in Ireland’s leading, future focused and globally recognised colleges.

Gain an accredited NFQ qualification/micro credential that you may count towards a full award if you so wish in the future.

Previous modules may be used as recognition of prior learning towards Advance Centre degree programmes.

Equip yourself with the latest in demand skillset, tools, know-how and knowledge to succeed in your career.

Gain a competitive edge, influence growth and steer strategic goals in your organisation upon completion of your studies with the Advance Centre.

The learner subsidy is provided for this micro-credential to reduce the learner fee by 80%.

 For eligibility criteria please visit the link 

Yes, if you complete this module it can be credited as part of the MSc in Cybersecurity or Graduate Certificate 

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