The growth of Internet accessibility and all the associated technologies has enabled many organizations to set up cyber environments for purposes of resource sharing, distributed computing and connectivity to other organization. Such cyber environments are always prone to cyber-attacks and this puts the information systems of such organizations at risk. A cyber security professional is always required to ensure a secure cyber environment.
The MSc in Cyber Security focuses on training students who can be cyber-security professionals. The programme covers a number of issues including common security threats to cyber environments and how to protect the cyber environment from such threats, design and implementation of cyber surety policies in organizations.
Although cyber environments enhance resource sharing, distributed computing and connectivity to other organizations, they expose the organization’s resources to cyber-attacks. It is therefore important that we develop a capacity of cyber security professionals who are aware of the common threats in cyber environments and the most prevailing cyber security interventions to avert such threats, and also can apply existing cyber security policies to manage any threats.
The Master of Science in Cyber Security programme has programme has 12 taught course units where 2 are institutional requirements, 8 are core courses and 2 are elective/optional courses. Upon successfully passing the institutional requirements and core courses, the student must write and defend a research dissertation that makes a research contribution to cyber security discipline.
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Being a virtual university, the NIU will run this programme purely online by using online live classes through video conferencing, online weekly quizzes and tutorials posted on the courses’ e-learning platform, online simulation tools for practical demonstrations, individual reading assignments, among others.
Hear and learn from those that did the course and what they have been able to do with the knowledge they acquired
Graduates of Master of Science in Cyber Security can work in organizations as Cyber Security Analysts, Cyber Security consultants, Cyber Penetration and Vulnerability Testers, among others. They can also be prospective candidates for PhD in Cyber Security or a related ICT field.