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University of Westminster, London: Cyber Security and Forensics

Institution University of Westminster, London View institution profile
Department School of Computer Science and Engineering
Web http://www.westminster.ac.uk/
Email course-enquiries@westminster.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)207 915 5511
Study type Taught

Summary

Our Cyber Security and Forensics MSc has been designed with a high degree of relevance to the industry’s needs. This course is also fully certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is a sign of national excellence.

Computers are central to all aspects of our daily lives; as industries ranging from communications to banking have come to rely on them, the need for improved computer security has never been greater. This course focusses on two aspects of Cyber Security: analysis and assessment of risk plus how to minimise it, and, how to extract and use digital information from a wide range of systems and devices. The course is structured so that as well as the core modules students can choose option modules from either the Cyber Security or the Digital Forensics themes.

Students taking the course will gain an understanding of the nature of the security threats that face computer systems and the type of information that is stored on digital devices (and how it can be extracted from them). They will benefit from a broad and varied array of state-of-the-art technologies and resources, including:

  • a dedicated forensics computer laboratory

  • over 30 computing laboratories with an extensive range of specialist and other software providing access to Linux/UNIX, Windows and Mac OS, all supported by high-bandwidth networks

  • access to a range of free software titles through a number of academic initiatives for use on home computers for educational and personal purposes

  • specialist technicians to ensure you can get the most out of these technologies

All students will take the core modules which are designed to give a comprehensive introduction to this specialist field. They will cover basic digital forensics and network security, and also cover computer system tools and the Linux/UNIX operating system. Dealing with digital evidence in a professional manner (that includes adhering to appropriate legal guidelines) is also covered. Optional modules are divided into two themes. You can follow the theme of your choice and choose option modules either from the Cyber Security or the Digital Forensics themes. In addition, all students will complete a project module.

The course offers the opportunity to examine a variety of tools available on the open market, and the use of forensic tools to retrieve data from electronic sources. It will also consider the analysis of professional and ethical issues relating to computer security and forensics, and the development of professional competencies, such as report writing and presenting evidence in court.

Teaching methods include lab-based sessions, student-led tutorials and lectures by internal staff and guest speakers from industry. Our courses are offered by friendly, highly experienced staff, and benefit from the diverse specialist knowledge and skills within the School of Computer Science and Engineering. Assessments will be carried out mostly through practical or research-based course work.

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The University of Westminster is a global university with London energy. You can be yourself at the university where individuality is encouraged, diversity is celebrated and anything is possible. With three campuses in the heart of capital  Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent and one in Harrow, you will gain practical skills and professional expertise for your future career, while being part of a supportive and vibrant community. Since 1838, we have been helping students from all backgrounds to achieve their potential and home to almost 19,000 students from 169 countries, among them over 4,000 postgraduate students.

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