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MSc Information Systems Security


Course Description

Study computer and information systems security on a course that combines academic teaching, industry input and practical skills development. The course has four main focuses:
-Information security management
-Ethical hacking
-System hardening
-Computer forensics

This course is ideal if you are already working in an information technology environment or if you wish to specialise in the field of information security. After successfully completing it, you gain industry-recognised certifications that will assist you in progressing further in this field.

You focus on both the technical and managerial aspects of information security. The technically-focused modules involve you exploring a range of systems, tools and techniques at the cutting edge of technology. The managerial-focused modules give you an appreciation of the role information security has in an organisation and how it can be implemented and managed.

On this course you:
-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.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/msc-information-systems-security

Free training and certification exam

Thanks to our association with BSI Learning, you are entitled to attend the BSI ISO27001 Lead Auditor course and take the official exam which allows you to become accredited as a BSI certified lead auditor.

Our ethical hacking module is aligned with the CREST Registered Tester syllabus providing graduates with industry recognised and desired skills.

BSI lead auditor qualification

-ISO27001 Lead Auditor
BSI courses are delivered by approved BSI trainers and qualified ISO27001 lead auditors. As part of the course you receive the same course material as the official BSI training courses.

Guest Speakers from industry

Due to our strong ties with industry we regularly have special guest speakers. Recent speakers have included industry professionals from Mozilla, South Yorkshire Police, RSA and Blackberry.

Ethical Hacking

In 2014 Sheffield Hallam hosted the North of England's first Ethical Hacking Conference Steelcon. This is set to be an annual event with 2015's event already booked.

Course structure

Full time –12-18 months.
Part time – typically 2 years.
Starts September.

Course design
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 operating system 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
-BSI ISO27001 lead auditor
-Group-based case study with capture the flag

Semester Two options
-Computer forensics and incident response
-Information security management
-Incident handling and hacking techniques (ethical hacking)

Semester Three modules
You study research methods and do a substantial research project leading to a dissertation.

Assessment: group and individual coursework. You also do a range of: problem solving assignments; workshops; practical projects; research activities.

Other admission requirements

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. Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

Visit the MSc Information Systems Security page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

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. See course description for further admission details.

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