MSc-PgDip-PgCert Information Systems Security

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements You need • a good level of general education with good analytical skills • an ambition to develop to a high level in the area of information security • a degree – 2.2 or above – in computing or a closely-related discipline We will consider your application if you cannot meet the above criteria but have at least one year’s direct work experience in information security or a closely related discipline. You can apply for prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit for the course if it is appropriate. We consider any professional certification of a suitable level and other criteria related to your application. In some cases we may ask you to take an entrance exam. You must be fluent in written and spoken English (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).
  • Academic title
    MSc/PgDip/PgCert Information Systems Security
  • Course description
    The course is for people who have completed a computing degree and would like to start a career in IT security. It would also suit IT professionals looking for a career change.

    We are the only UK university offering the BSI accredited ISO27001 Lead Auditor certificate course.

    Most modern organisations face security risks that threaten their valuable assets. It is not easy to design secure information systems that defend against these threats. It needs a wide range of skills and knowledge of existing technologies and security principles, which can only be acquired through practical experience and education.

    The course provides the environment for you to develop the professional skills and experience needed technically, and as a manager.

    • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a computing security professional

    • learn the concepts, principles, techniques and methodologies you need to design and assess complex networks, systems and applications

    • develop the practical experience you need to plan, perform and direct security audits of information systems to the level required by standard security frameworks

    • develop the effective and appropriate communication skills you need to be a security professional

    The course provides the environment for you to develop the professional skills and experience needed technically, and as a manager.

    Associated careers

    This course gives you the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work in many different positions, from technical to management roles. These include • security architect • security analyst • security auditor • penetration tester • security officer.

    Course content

    We developed this course along two main lines.

    The first covers the principles and issues of security design concerning systems and systems integration, web and non web-based applications and communication networks.

    The second addresses the methodologies and development of skills required to perform security assessments of complex information systems.

    Semester one modules
    • information security concepts and principles • network security • systems and application security • web applications and e-commerce security

    Semester two modules
    You learn how to conduct standard-based and professional security audits, and implement standard-compliant information security management systems.

    • BS7799 security audit and assessment • practical case study • consultancy project or an option module

    Semester three
    You study research methods and work on your dissertation.

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