Scots uni offers ethical hacking degree

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Scots uni offers ethical hacking degree

Tash Shifrin

A degree in “ethical hacking” will be on offer at a Scottish University from the new academic year.

The University of Abertay Dundee will offer the undergraduate course in “ethical hacking and countermeasures” from October in a bid to meet increasing demand for IT security skills from employers.

The move follows University College London’s announcement earlier this year that it would launch a part-time information security MSc degree in September, after the successful introduction of a full-time course last year.

The Abertay Dundee course aims to provide core skills in network security. It is vocationally focused with project work and has been based on research and collaboration with computer security companies.

Students will study operating systems, computer networking, TCP/IP architecture, client and server systems, network management, encryption, ethical hacking, penetration testing, forensic computing, mobile technology, ethics and the law.

The university intends to put the course forward for British Computer Society accreditation.


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