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MSc in Cyber Security

Our cyber security masters covers a range of topics, including information security, digital forensics and other fundamental concepts. It also incorporates transferable skills applicable to professional development. You'll finish with a substantial independent project. Cyber security is a growing concern for organisations of all sizes. And the industry is currently experiencing a major skills gap and global demand for cyber security professionals. Our industry-relevant cyber security masters provides a rigorous approach to the study and application of cyber security. It will develop the skills needed for you to pursue a career in the industry.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Security

Our cyber security diploma covers a range of topics, which includes information security, digital forensics and system security concepts. It also incorporates transferable skills applicable to professional development. Cyber security is a growing concern for organisations of all sizes, and the industry is currently experiencing a major skills gap and global demand for cyber security professionals. Our industry-relevant cyber security diploma provides a rigorous approach to the study and application of cyber security. From here, you can progress onto our MSc in Cyber Security.

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BSc (Honours) Cyber Security

Our cyber security degree combines three sought after streams of computing: networking, cyber security and digital forensics. It gives you a thorough understanding of socio-technical systems and skills to prevent or respond to cyber security incidents. And develops your ability to critically analyse and apply digital solutions to security examination and digital forensic investigations. This includes an appreciation of tools, techniques and legal requirements. The degree programme, with its well-balanced theory and practice, has a strong technical focus. You'll develop your understanding of how networked cyber systems function and how they might be abused. The course centres around the relationship between technology, people, processes, the physical environment and cyber security. You'll be able to pursue a wide array of career pathways within the public, private and charity sectors.

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Network security

With organisations increasingly dependent on their information systems, there is a greater need to ensure that the underlying network infrastructure being used by these systems is secure. We are a leading Cisco Academy and this Cisco Certified Networking Associate Security (NetSec) module will give you a foundation to prepare for the CyberOps Associate certification. It will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and practical experience of managing secure communication across a large-scale internetwork using Cisco equipment. You will also be expected to undertake individual research to contextualise your Cisco study in the broader security management environment.

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Information security

Whether in the public or private sector, it is the value invested in the information assets of a modern organisation that underpins its effectiveness and drives its profitability. In this online module, you'll explore the skills necessary to understand, document, manage and implement strategic and operational aspects of your organisation's information security. You'll study topics in information security risk assessment and management, as well as professionalism, home information security, and information security research. By studying this module, you'll better understand your organisation's information security requirements, developing your ability to deliver a fit-for-purpose information security management system.

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Systems security

This module is based on the systems security domain of the Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK). This knowledge area includes cryptography; authentication, authorisation and accountability (AAA); operating systems and virtualisation security; and distributed systems security. Throughout the module, you'll develop knowledge and understanding of these important cyber security subject areas. The proliferation of digital systems impacts our daily lives, bringing a range of challenges, including the security of these systems. Systems range from those embedded in our homes ? providing security, energy management and home automation capabilities ? to desktop and mobile computing systems, and control systems powering the 4th industrial revolution.

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Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab

Have you ever wondered how the internet gets into your home, school, college or workplace? How do all the computers, phones, tablets, printers and other devices connect and work together? In this free course, Discovering computer networks: hands on in the Open Networking Lab, you can explore how computer networks operate, discover how data is sent around the internet, put your understanding into practice using an inbuilt network simulator to create your own – simulated – computer networks.

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Five ways to... use free software

Is money tight? Save some cash by spending less on your computer: discover five ways to use free software

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The growing demand for drugs in UK prisons

With prisons and the justice system in the headlines once more, Dr David Scott explores the issue of drug smuggling in UK prisons.

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The house doesn't always win

A short story to get Safe Computing started in its new home...

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Syria, Spitsbergen and Seeds

How are the civil war in Syria, the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, and the future of the world’s food supplies connected? 

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What's up with Whatsapp - and should we weaken its security?

Following the murders in Westminster, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd appeared to demand that Whatsapp and other messaging systems provide government with a backdoor to listen in. But how does Whatsapp keep users' secrets - and should we be telling them to stop?

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