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MSc in Cyber Security Engineering

Do you want to develop your skills as a cyber security professional?

What will the course provide?

As organisations worldwide harness the opportunities of cyberspace, they create huge demand for cyber security professionals. Cyber security professionals who can function at various strata within an organisation - server room, operations room, board room - you choose. Their task is beguilingly simple: enable the good and prevent the bad.

This Masters programme will equip you, as a cyber professional with a broad range of cyber security knowledge. Some aspects focus on technology, some on people, and some on organisations.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and provisionally certified by GCHQ

Core Modules

Security Architectures and Network Defence
You will learn about the domain and the core fundamental concepts of cyber security, such as the underlying security infrastructure and protocols needed to set a system for making secure transactions. The syllabus also covers malware and attacks, the threat ecosystem, phishing, pharming and data theft, the AAA of security, firewalls and defence, and intrusion detection systems.

Cyber Intelligence and Operations
This module gives students a framework to reason about cyber security in order both to anticipate incidents, and to deal with their occurrence. It will provide you with the ability to evaluate the situational awareness of an organisation to the key indicators of its cyber well-being. Through the module, you will be able to constructively contribute to the development of a cyber security incident response plan.

Cyber-Physical Systems
Much attention relating to cyber security is focused on the digital aspects of cyber systems; all data tends to be represented as pure, abstract, ones and zeros. In reality, all these abstract ones and zeros need a physical representation in order to have an effect. The overall aim of this module is to enable the cyber security specialist to have a meaningful conversation with practising engineers concerning the security of cyber-physical systems.

Enterprise Cyber Security
This module is effectively a capstone module for MSc Cyber Security Engineering, drawing together many aspects of the course. It has been developed in collaboration with a commercial partner of international standing to address key strategic cyber security issues from the perspective of an organisation's Chief Information Security Officer.

Information Risk Management and Governance
Business continuity and resilience in the face of a cyberattack is crucial. You will learn how to establish and maintain an information risk management framework in order to guarantee that security and assurance strategies are aligned with business objectives and are consistent with legal and regulatory obligations.

Cryptosystems and Data Protection
To understand data-centric protection, data-leakage threats and vulnerabilities, and key prevention and detection technologies, you will be shown the technology and concepts behind data protection. This module focuses on the use of encryption technology to provide authorisation and access control systems, and in particular the numerous cryptosystems and protocols that allow us to keep communications private.

Industrial Espionage and Counterfeiting
You will be examining the motivations for industrial espionage and the various methods of attack on the physical security of an organisation, its electronic infrastructures and its staff and suppliers. Learning to analyse and mitigate potential
attacks through industrial espionage, and understanding counterfeiting attacks, during this module you will design countermeasures and will carry out risk management processes in both industrial espionage and counterfeiting.

Digital Forensics
Cyber-crime affects all walks of life and transcends personal, social and business domains. This module investigates
the core techniques currently used for the purpose of data retrieval, evidence preparation, crime scene management and intelligence extraction. You will get an overview of international digital forensic investigation infrastructures and put legal procedures into context.

Full-time course

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Department of Culture, Media and SportWMG, University of Warwick are participating in The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) postgraduate bursaries initiative to help adults retrain for a career in cyber security by taking a National Cyber Security Centre certified Master's degree. This initiative is supported by the National Cyber Security Programme – the Government’s £1.9 billion investment to significantly transform the UK’s cyber security. Find out more.