Cyber Security, Threat Intelligence and Forensics
School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering
Subject area - Computer Science
Start Date(s): September; January
One year full-time
Three years part-time
Full-time - £7,560
Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module
- You will develop practical and real-world skills in all major areas of cyber security, cyber forensics, cyber warfare and cyber threat intelligence to fight against Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
- You will prepare yourself to obtain professional security certifications such as CISSP and CCFP
- You will be among the most employable people on the planet!
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
This course builds on your previous knowledge of computer science and Information Technology (IT), and aims to provide you with an in-depth specialism in the fields of cyber security, cyber threat intelligence and digital forensics. You will gain advanced and in-depth knowledge of penetration testing, cyber forensics, malware reverse engineering and software vulnerability and will exploit research using a very hands-on approach. You will gain practical and real-world skills in all major areas of cyber security including penetration testing, digital forensics, cyber warfare and threat intelligence. Moreover, you will learn how to apply your skills in analysis, testing and maintenance of software systems or enterprise networks from a cyber security perspective.
You will use your penetration testing and vulnerability assessment skills in finding weaknesses in existing devices and applications and to advise developers or network administrators to secure their application or environment. Your cyber forensics skills can be used to identify, collect, preserve and analyse a wide range of digital evidences and present them in the court of law. You will use your knowledge of programming to analyse different malwares to determine how they work and how countermeasures can be developed. Only a small percentage of cyber security professionals are capable of analysing advanced persistent threats and are capable of understanding and managing malware campaigns. Finally, your cyber threat intelligence knowledge and skills will help you to strategically fight against organised cyber crimes, understand and analyse cyber warfare activities and propose appropriate defensive and offensive mechanisms to reduce or eliminate those risks.
You will have close and active contact with industry experts with the opportunity to attend regular industry guest lecture programs in cyber security while you operate within a well-formed professional and ethical framework.
This course contains five modules as follows:
Cyber Forensics and Malware Investigation
You will develop the skills, methodologies and processes to conduct in-depth computer and network investigation, including malware analysis and reversing techniques. This module provides early preparation for you to complete the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) exam.
Information Security in Practice
You will study threats to information security, technologies used to detect and combat them, and techniques and tools used to manage and investigate incidents. This module prepares you to complete the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.
Penetration Testing and Exploit Development
You will study network and host-based penetration testing tools and techniques and methods for vulnerability detection, exploiting development and countermeasures. This course provides the information needed in order to obtain ethical hacking and exploit development certifications.
Cyber Threat Intelligence
You will study techniques for detecting, responding to and defeating organised cyber crimes and cyber war activities, analysing successful and unsuccessful advanced persistent threats and malware campaigns.
You will work under the direction of an academic supervisor to research a suitable problem, and to develop and evaluate a solution that demonstrates originality in the application of your knowledge.