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Criminologists and Computing experts teaching new interdisiplinary MSc in Cyber Security
Date: 29 November 2010
Lancaster University is training a new generation of Cyber Security specialists and the Department of Applied Social Science (Criminology) is at the forefront of this move.
Recently Government announced that cyber crime was one of the key dangers to UK security and £500m has been allocated from the Governments' National Security Strategy to strengthen cyber security, focusing on protecting key infrastructure and defence assets.
Lancaster University spotted the skills gap in this area in 2008 and began developing a new Masters Degree in Cyber Security, accredited through the University's School of Computing and Communications (SCC) and involving academics from the Department of Applied Social Science (Criminology).
The Masters covers a broad range of knowledge and skills to help the student understand Cyber Security from a socio-technical viewpoint. These threats could range from phishing emails and confidence tricks to fraud schemes and national infrastructure attacks.
ASS (Criminology) will be delivering the taught MSc module 'Cybercrime' to help students on the new Masters Cyber Security programme gain an interdisciplinary understanding of issues such as 'cyberterrorism'; hackers, viruses and malicious software; and the criminalisation of cyberspace.
Head of the Computing and Communications School, Professor Nigel Davies, said: "Cyber Security is one of the key challenges of our time and at Lancaster we have well-established research in a wide range of related fields including network security and user privacy.
"Graduates from this programme will help to build on the knowledge they gain at Lancaster to help ensure that society as a whole is able to respond to the new and very real Cyber Security challenges. I'm absolutely delighted that we are able to offer this exciting new masters programme."
The course is available full and part-time and can also be taken as a Postgraduate diploma/certificate. It is unique in its multi-disciplinary approach, combining modules from other schools within the University including Psychology and Law.
Alongside the academic learning, students undertake professional qualifications from some of the security industry's heavyweights including EC Council.
Adrian Venables, a student on the Postgraduate Certificate in Cyber Security, said: "Security is a key area and there is still a skills shortage. This course covers a range of areas and links into professional qualifications. Companies will look for this and it will stand out on a CV."
As well as delivering the 'Cybercrime' module, Criminology academics will also co-supervise the MSc Cybersecurity dissertations with colleagues fromthe School of Computing and Communications.
News website: http://www.comp.lancs.ac.uk/study/pg/csec/
Associated staff: Karenza Moore
Associated departments and research centres: Applied Social Science
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