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Course Description

The Cyber Defence and Information Assurance programme is designed to develop professionals who can effectively manage and exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. The course specifically focuses on responses to serious present and emerging threats in the information domain. This necessitates sound technical understanding overlaid with an appreciation of the drivers and constraints within the business, and the knowledge to ensure the gap between the two can be bridged by the use of management tools, techniques and strategies.

Overview

The course will specifically focus on responses to serious present and emerging threats in the information domain. This necessitates sound technical understanding overlaid with an appreciation of the drivers and constraints within the business, and the knowledge to ensure the gap between the two can be bridged by the use of management tools, techniques and strategies.

Students will be government, corporate and critical information infrastructure staff who are one or more of the following:
•Managers who need to understand information risk and respond to cyber threats.
•Technicians who wish to understand the operational and business context.
•Procurement staff commissioning critical or sensitive projects.
•Policy and planning staff interested in computer network and security operations.
•Personnel interested in social media and associated concepts such as cyber mobilization.
•Those charged with accreditation and assessment of security measures.

Course overview

The course is taught through a flexible blend of compulsory residential courses, online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) activities and interaction and project based learning.

It has three components:
- A taught component comprising six, 10 credit modules (PGCert/PGDip/MSc).
- A 20 credit module entitled ‘Developing Cyber Thinking and Practice’ followed by a 40 credit work based project (PGDip/MSc).
- An 80 credit research project assessed by dissertation (MSc).

English Language

Students whose first language is not English must attain an IELTS score of 6.5.

Modules

PGCert – students will take six compulsory modules. Each is structured around 18 hours residential,18 hours of directed study on the VLE and 64 hours of private study. Knowledge and skills will be taught through a mix of classroom teaching and exercises utilising cases and scenarios.

PGDip/MSc – in addition to the six compulsory modules of the PGCert, students will:

- Take the 20 credit module Developing Cyber Thinking and Practice
- Conduct a 40 credit work-based individual project.

Core:
- Cyber Defence - Governance and Management
- Understanding Risk
- Cyber Attack - Threats and Opportunities
- Social Technologies
- Critical Networks/Process Control
- The Human Dimension
- Developing Cyber Thinking and Practice
- Work-based Project
- Dissertation

Individual Project

- Work-Based Project
Students taking the MSc/PGDip must complete a 40 credit project in year 2, ideally focused on a work-based problem solving context. This allows the student to develop and demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills acquired in the taught modules in the context of a continually changing cyber environment and practical problem context. Where a work-based project is problematic for an individual student, the supervisor will work with the student to identify an alternative problem solving context.

- Dissertation
Students taking the MSc must develop and demonstrate their technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills by producing a clear and coherent research-based dissertation.

Assessment

PGCert – each module is assessed via course work and a reflective portfolio.

PGDip - in addition to assessment of the PGCert, PGDip students will be assessed via a large project and presentation.

MSc - in addition to assessment of the PGDip, MSc students will be assessed via the project dissertation.

Career opportunities

Takes you on to become one of the next generation of managers who can understand and effectively manage and exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level.

For further information

on this course, please visit our course webpage https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Cyber-Defence-and-Information-Assurance

Visit the Cyber Defence and Information Assurance (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University at Shrivenham website for more details!

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