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MSc Cyber Security


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Computing and Communications (School of)
UCAS Code: Duration/Length: 1 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Computing Director of Studies: Professor MA Rashid
Total Credit Points: 180

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The specific objectives of the programme are to enable the students to develop:

    a fundamental understanding of security technologies appropriate for an IT infrastructure. This will cover access control, telecommunications and network security, cryptographic techniques and security Architectures and Models.

    security management skills and techniques appropriate to manage an IT infrastructure. Students will explore areas such as security policy design, basic risk management and analysis, Business Continuity Planning. Further, students will investigate issues surrounding Law, regulatory investigation and Ethics.

    an awareness of the attack vectors that may be used against modern IT infrastructures. IT infrastructures will be examined from the ground up, exploring exploits at all communication levels, from network communication protocols to applications. Further, information gathering techniques for recognisance and social engineering will be explored.

    the skills required to exploit and defend against common attack vectors. Students will explore how theseskills may be used in conjunction to perform a complete penetration test, including non technical elements involving social engineering.

    a knowledge of the regulation, ethics and process behind computer forensics investigation. This will cover investigative processes covering a variety of scenarios.

    an understanding of the tools and techniques to perform forensic analysis on a range of electronic devices. A student will be able to understand the mechanism by which information is hidden and appropriate mechanism by which to recover such information for investigative purposes.

    an understanding of the current research and thinking behind the economics of security.

    an understanding of the main concepts of risk management within the context of information security.

    an understanding of quantitative risk assessment approaches for high reliability organisation of systems.

    a detailed knowledge of the current research in types of cybercrime that are critical to their investigative area. Further, students will be able to discuss the social explanations of crime and be able to apply these frameworks to help comprehend the actions of individuals and groups.

    identify, describe, compare, and critically discuss different types of cybercrime and develop an understanding in the relationship between crime, deviance, ICTs, and ICT users within various historical, cultural, socio-economic and socio-political contexts.

    analyse policing, legal, corporate, electronic, social, and other measures designed to combat cybercrime and identify their main strengths and weaknesses and critically analyse criminological and sociological theories of cyberspace and coherently apply these theories to the specific field of cybercrime.

    an ability to select an appropriate problem and evaluate appropriate sources for solutions. Further students will develop skills to design a research programme and demonstrate appropriate research and investigative skills.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills

    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will possess a solid understanding of the technical and human elements of the field of Information System Security. Further, the student will have gained a broad awareness of current practice and issues. They will also have gain enough understanding in order for them to critically evaluate current research and best practice within the realm of Information Security Systems.

    Successful students will also have gained enough understanding in order to make informed judgements on the appropriate application of a range of methodologies and technologies to a wide range of Information Systems in order to improve or enhance their security. Students will be able to take a methodical and creative approach to applying their knowledge and communicating their findings to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

    Successful students will also be able to demonstrate a self-directing capability in conducting their work and an originality in problem solving in the field of human-computer security engineering.

    General knowledge, understanding and skills

    On successful completion of this scheme of study students will have gained a range of general qualities and transferable skills that will assist them in either carrying out further study/research (e.g. at PhD level) or in holding down professional positions that require the qualities such as the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; technical decision making in complex and unpredictable situations; and the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development. Students will develop the ability and skills to:

    reason critically;

    apply relevant theoretical concepts;

    identify and solve problems, both individually and working in groups and formulate appropriate methods for troubleshooting;

    demonstrate and exercise independence of mind and thought;

    evaluate research and different types of information and evidence arguments critically;

    synthesise and select appropriate information from a number of sources;

    structure and communicate ideas effectively in writing;

    plan, undertake and report on an individual piece of research-based work.

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