MSc Computer Security and Forensics
The course is designed for individuals who require a broad overview of computer security as well as technical knowledge of forensics data analysis, law of evidence, cryptography, secure data communications, systems architecture, emerging technologies
and project management.
There is also a focus on research methodologies, including issues relating to ethical hacking and legal aspects. You will also develop communication, problem solving and teamwork skills.
You will have access to our state-of-the-art computer laboratories, with more than 450 workstations, fi ve servers, dedicated network, Linux and robotics laboratories, as well as an overall ratio of computers to students nearly twice the number recommended by the British Computer Society.
Research underpins all aspects of the course. By 2009 the department had attracted more than ¬5m of funding from UK and European funding bodies, and the research in the department is going from strength to strength.
Additionally, our MSc courses demonstrate a strong appreciation and refl ection of industrial and real-life needs. The department has won a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) placements with local companies and, in 2006, we launched the Academic into Business Computing centre (ABC) to provide computing students with work experience in a professional environment.
Why choose this course at Bedfordshire?
- Work with state-of-the-art computer security and forensics tools such as 3D face scanners, palm readers and iris scanners
- Develop skills in our dedicated computer security and forensics lab
- Make use of FRED a forensic recovery of evidence device as used by the Metropolitan Police
- Get the opportunity to undertake visits to computer forensics organisations such as 7Safe, and attend demonstrations and invited talks by hardware companies
Why choose this course?
- This course seeks to address a specialist vocational area namely Computer Security and Forensics. This area has been identified as a shortage area by UK employers. Typically, graduates will gain employment as security analysts or consultants, cybercrime protection / prevention, within public sector to support government and police forces as well as a wide range of medium to large enterprises and commercial organizations.
- This course is ideal for Computing or Networking Graduates who are looking to specialise in security and forensics. The course offers a unique teaching schedule as a mixture of hands on experience and theoretical background around the modern aspects of security and forensics. All the material is fully updated and specialised in the areas of interest and provides a good balance between practice and theory. Students will gain in depth skills in terms of security auditing, development, planning and managing security techniques, tools and methodologies. Strong critical thinking around the technologies is also developed fortifying the students with the important basic research skills required.
- Thus, the course is designed to meet the growing demand for security and forensic practitioners within the UK and internationally by enabling them with a leading edge set of vocationally credible skills fully underpinned by theoretical paradigms.