As the use of virtual environments, computer databases and information technology has steadily grown, so too has the threat of cyber-attacks. Government agencies, police forces and defence organisations have all identified a major skills shortage of cyber security practitioners globally; as such this cutting-edge degree addresses this gap in the market and has been developed to meet the requirements of the National Cyber Security Strategy.
As well as giving you a sound technical education, this course will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the computer security sector. You’ll be taught by experts in their field, each bringing their unique skills and knowledge to this exciting programme of study.
Our cyber security unit is something special. Using state-of-the-art technology across our three labs, we can run up to 50 million PCs using just 50. As the name of our facility suggests, it’s all about security here. From the labs we can see where cyber attacks are happening all over the world, and what attacks are happening and being stopped at BU. Over 90% of our final year students agreed that they had been able to access specialised equipment, facilities or roooms when they needed to.
The entry requirements for this course are 104 to 120 tariff points, including 3 A-Levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma DMM.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
We want dedicated, eager, passionate students who are going to make a real difference to the course they are studying. Our students learn from each other, as well as their academic staff, so it is really important to us that you can show us how much you care about the course you are interested in.
Cyber Security Management Fundamentals: This introductory unit will outline the increasingly challenging and pervasive field of cyber security & the relevant terminology and basic concepts of the cyber security domain.
Cyber Psychology: Group discussions and activities will encourage you to critically reflect on the role of psychology factors in the instigation, prevention and mitigation of cyber security incidents and management. You will learn to evaluate the different methodologies needed to undertake research into internet-enabled human behaviour.
Principles of Programming: You will learn the fundamental skills and understanding of utilising software scripts in a modern scripting language.
Digital Forensics Fundamentals: The role of this unit is to provide fundamental skills in understanding the techniques and technologies of forensics, e-discovery, digital investigations and security as they apply in the digital (computer-based) environment.
Computer Security: You will learn to understand how integrating security mechanisms and defence-in-depth protection will better manage information services and their processes, storage and transit of data and why this has become an important science and architecture within computing.
Business Systems Analysis: This unit provides underpinning for final year units which look in more detail at defining business strategies to mitigate vulnerabilities and provide a secure operating environment in the context of the current threat landscape.
Cyber Security Management: This unit covers the concepts of managing information protection in organisations, how issues of compliance and awareness are dealt with a view to attaining assured systems. Emphasis is given on existing standards and practices, ethics and the development of security policies, change, configuration and patch.
Economics of Information Security: Using case-study examples, you will look at the range of factors firms must consider when setting their information security strategy. Incentives, externalities and vulnerabilities influence executive choices on enterprise investment in security products.
Enterprise Security and Privacy: This unit provides a detailed picture of the security and privacy issues surrounding an enterprise, i.e. an entity that incorporates business, information and technology and where its value is greater than the sum of its parts.
Business Continuity Management: On completion of this unit you will develop a competent plan for implementing an ICT Readiness for Business Continuity (IRBC) management system based on business requirements as defined by its management of business risk, contingency planning and disaster recovery.
Forensic Law & Practice: You will gain a thorough understanding of the laws relating to cybercrime, and the ethical and professional issues demanded by industry, consumer watchdogs, Government and relevant professional body standards.
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM): This unit builds upon a number of previous units such as Programming for Digital Forensics Fundamentals, Programming for Security, Computer Security, and Enterprise Security and Privacy.
You´ll complete a minimum 30-week industrial work placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.
Cybercrime: External speakers will contribute to sessions where the focus for consideration of the criminal threats to the cyber security of organisations. The underlying ethos is that the resolution of many is the important issues lies beyond the technologies: it resides in a combination of the use of appropriate technologies and tools, in sound management processes and in the psychology and sociology of the stakeholders.
Cyber Security Assurance: Cyber Security is a UK National Tier-1 Threat and our capability to mitigate this risk is strategically led by the Cabinet Office and its Office of Cyber Security & Information Assurance with the support of The Home Office, GCHQ, Centre for Protection of the National Infrastructure, National Crime Agency and other government agencies. Internationally the UK works with DHS, FBI, ENISA, EUROPOL, INTERPOL, as well the United Nations and with numerous law enforcement and defence agencies to combat the cyber, criminal and state threat, negating the actors & malware agents and reduce cyberspace vulnerabilities. Cyber Security Assurance (CSA) is a global multi-agency, multi-sectorial, multi-disciplinary subject and within this unit the students will become aware of the complexity and risk to assure Global Security.
Cyber Situation Awareness: Cyber security managers should be capable of constructing and understanding the threat landscape in their organisations. Cyber situational awareness is an interdisciplinary, evolving complex topic requiring co-ordinated synergy between technical capabilities and human competencies.
Individual Project: To conclude the course, you will pursue a topic of your choice, and demonstrate your ability to study independently. The project is a significant piece of work, and will provide invaluable transferable skills.
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