University of Wolverhampton launches data security degree

A degree aimed at helping to reduce the number of cyber crimes and personal data thefts has been developed by the University of Wolverhampton.

A degree aimed at helping to reduce the number of cyber crimes and personal data thefts has been developed by the University of Wolverhampton.

The BSc (Hons) IT Security degree is designed to give students the knowledge and experience to help all types of organisations manage their information securely.

The university's School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) has worked with industry leaders to develop the programme of study. Some organisations will be involved in the delivery of learning material, ensuring that students are taught real life skills from expert practitioners, said Wolverhampton.

Students will also complete a one-year industrial placement to give them valuable employment experience.

They will learn how to manage and minimise security risks, and the technologies involved in producing and supporting websites and information systems. Students will also learn about contingency planning and disaster recovery.

Leader for the course, Ken Rabey, said, "The demand for this type of course by industry is high. Information systems and personal data face an ever-increasing threat from electronically mediated crimes, as well as a lack of awareness of safe practices from users.

"The practical scholarship embedded in this course will ensure that the course is interesting and enjoyable."

Wolverhampton said jobs gained through the course could be IT security analysts, consultants or programmers, as well as web developers, network managers or database administrators.

The degree can be studied as a four-year full-time course, including the sandwich year, or part-time over six years.

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